The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re Single

When you’re buying a vehicle that needs to meet the requirements of all kinds of passengers the process can prove to be rather tricky. However, if you happen to be single, you’re the one in control, and your list is the only one that matters. Whether you’re looking for something sporty, flashy, or budget-friendly we’ve got some options to consider.

Must-haves

The must-haves list for single drivers is a bit varied, really it depends on all kinds of factors. What you need to do is decide what kind of driver you are so you can narrow down the field. Some of the factors you may be looking for include:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Fun to drive
  • A sporty look and feel
  • Compact in size
  • Excellent fuel economy

Top five vehicles

This is a category where it’s hard to please everyone, so instead we’ll give a variety of options that are suitable for singles.

  • Fiat 500: If it's fun you're after then the Fiat 500 is able to deliver. You'll feel as though you're driving around in Europe thanks to this vehicle. The smaller size means it's easy to maneuver, which is ideal for city driving. Its engine isn't particularly powerful, with the 2015 model featuring 101 horsepower, four-cylinder, 1.4 liter. However, this vehicle makes up in fuel economy.

  • Honda Fit: This one has been around since 2001, so you'll find plenty of used options in the market. It’s got that cool vibe going for it that single drivers seem to love. You won’t find much space in this car, but since it’s not meant for a family you should be fine. At the same time you'll still find there is enough room for most cargo.

  • Chevrolet Sonic: This one was originally called the Chevrolet Aveo, which people are more familiar with. It is classed as a sub-compact car which means parking in tight spaces won't be an issue. As Kelley Blue Book points out, the price tag is extremely reasonable and it also handles well on the highway.

  • Honda Civic: The Civic has been around for quite some time now and what's great is that it can easily transition down the road to a couples' car, or even a small family car if need-be. This one is well known for its reliability and value.

  • Volkswagen Golf: Here's another vehicle that has been around for quite some time, and it's for good reason. Kelley Blue Book posts a consumer rating of 10 out of 10, which can be due to its fuel economy, impressively powerful engine, its’ nice looking interior, and overall cool factor.

Final thoughts

Don’t be afraid to let loose and really have fun with your car search. At the same time if you’re looking for added input YourMechanic is available for pre-purchase car inspections.


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