Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My family is in the market for a used minivan. What advice would you give in terms of brand, miles ECT for the 2-5k market?

asked by on

There is so much information online about the goods and bads of many minivans, but this seems to be generally consistent, Foreign cars last longer, but get less bang for your buck, while domestic is less reputable but more bang for your buck How do we make a good decision and where is the balance point? Is a 04' Toyota sienna with 150k miles as valuable as an 09' dodge caravan with 120k miles?

Thanks!

Hi there:

When you read most online used car reviews, they typically articulate the same concerns you addressed; foreign cars typically lasting longer, but domestic having higher resale; etc. However, anytime I’m thinking about buying any used car, I consider three things. First, how many miles per year have been put on the vehicle? If it’s over 25,000 per year, it’s likely the vehicle has been driven pretty hard and might be prone to expensive repairs. Second, how long do I plan to keep it? If you’re looking for a short term solution, then considering resale value is important; so Toyota, Dodge and Chevrolet tend to be good bets here. Third, always have the vehicle inspected by a mobile mechanic to complete a pre-purchase inspection. This will allow a professional mechanic to determine if there are potential issues that could lead to expensive repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • My family is in the market for a used minivan. What advice would you give in terms of brand, miles ECT for the 2-5k market?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

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 Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...