Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Need a reliable, affordable, used car

asked by on

I'm a senior in college and my first car just died on me. I'm going to have to take out a loan to purchase a new one so I want to be certain I'm buying something reliable. I've been doing research for awhile but it seems like every car in my budget is full of issues. What's the best, most reliable used car I can get for under $12000? Or should I invest in a new car? Thank you!

A: Hey there. It is not always a make or model...

Hey there. It is not always a make or model that makes a good car, but how well the car was maintained and taken care of. You should choose a car you like and then have an a professional conduct a pre-purchase inspection to check out the car and do a complete inspection for possible problems with the car. This may help you choose a good car to buy or not buy if found to have major issues.

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!

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

Q: Cheap sports car

The Miata is a good choice. They are fun to drive, there are many clubs for them and performance upgrades are readily available. Their small size makes them easy to work on; they are quite simple. The Eclipse is...

Q: Buying an 04 Chevy Silverado

As you know, with any vehicle, the dependability is largely dependent upon how well it is maintained. You're right that you should get the car inspected by a mechanic just to be sure. You may want to consider having a...

Q: is it worth fixing the timing belt and timing pulleys?

If the belt is broken or the engine is noisy and having problem, then no, it probably wouldn't be worth purchasing. For whichever car that you are seriously considering moving forward with, I suggest having a certified mechanic conduct a...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.