Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Construction Worker

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Construction Worker

truck for construction
Art Konovalov / Shutterstock.com

If you're a construction worker, you don’t have to worry about hauling a whole lot of supplies and materials to the site – that’s the boss’s problem. As long as it’s big enough to hold your tools (and most vehicles are), we suggest that you focus on buying a reliable used vehicle that will get you to the job site on time, and give you decent gas mileage. With that in mind, we reviewed a number of used cars, and narrowed our choices down to the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte Sedan, Suzuki SX4 Sedan, Kia Soul, and Toyota Yaris.

  • Hyundai Elantra: The Elantra is great if you’re on a budget (or maybe trying to save up to start your own construction company). It’s available with a manual transmission, which is more fuel-efficient. And from 2010 on, the entire Elantra line has been equipped with a more efficient alternator and electric power steering, both of which facilitate better fuel economy.

  • Kia Forte Sedan: Kia is known for low-priced cars, and that means that you’ll get a better deal on a used Kia than you will with many other models. Don’t think this is a cheesy-looking vehicle, though – it’s actually quite stylish. It’s also a comfortable ride, which helps at the end of a busy day on the construction site.

  • Suzuki SX4 Sedan: This is a nice, zippy little car. When you compare it with others in its class, 0-60 in nine seconds looks pretty good. It’s a fun car to drive, but some drivers find that it’s a bit uncomfortable. We suggest if you’re considering a used SX4, you take it for a long test drive before you commit. That said, they’re not expensive, and the gas mileage is good.

  • Kia Soul: If you want a small, fuel-efficient car that isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg, again, Kia delivers the goods. It’s also very stylish, and stands out in the small-car niche. If you want a reliable car that’s easy on the wallet, and reliable as well, consider the Soul.

  • Toyota Yaris: For a small car, it’s amazing how much leg room you’ll have in the Yaris. That makes it a really comfortable vehicle to drive to and from the site. If you want to bring a buddy along, you’ll also find it has plenty of room for your gear and theirs as well. For construction workers, getting to the site on time is paramount. And a comfortable drive home can be a bonus at the end of a hard day. Gas mileage is important too, so a lot of the time, smaller is better.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...


Related questions

Q: 2002 Grand Prix or 2008 G5?

Hi there. I was actually in this situation last month helping my college-bound daughter choose her car for Colorado driving. At first glance, based on your description of needs, commute, living in Wisconsin, and looking at both vehicles stats,...

Q: Car will not stay running

Hello, thank you for writing in. Start by making sure that air intake leak gets resolved. Do what you need to do in order to shut the lid of the air filter housing. Poor suction for the engine's intake vacuum...

Q: EBD lights on intermittently

Hello there. The most common source of an ABS or wheel stability system warning light coming on and off occasionally is due to a poor electrical connection among one of the many sensors that make up these systems. It's also...