Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Should I get one

asked by on

Wondering if it's a bad idea to pick up a two year old Cadillac ATS with low mileage. Never owned a domestic. Is it super expensive to maintain?

A: Hello. When it comes to foreign or domestic...

Hello. When it comes to foreign or domestic cars, it really comes down to the previous owner and how well the vehicle was maintained. I believe that any vehicle will last as long as it is properly maintained and not driven like a race car. Domestic vehicles can actually be very good and reliable cars if they have been properly maintained. The best thing to do is to get a pre-purchase inspection performed on the vehicle by a qualified professional from YourMechanic to determine if any maintenance is necessary. If the vehicle turns out to be in good shape after the inspection is performed, the vehicle should be fairly reliable.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I was told I need a new water pump. Coolant leak into my left headlight. Car never overheated.

Hi, thanks for writing in. Water pumps will wear out eventually. Replacing them is very important to the lifespan of your vehicle. Temperature gauges in vehicles are largely misunderstood. They will only give you accurate readings if they are submerged...

Q: Regarding All Wheel Drive

Hi Chrysler 300 owner: With only 20,000 miles on a 2014 Chrysler 300 AWD, you definitely should not be experiencing any jerking type motion while you drive under normal operation. A few of the potential mechanical problems that cause similar...

Q: is 2007 Lincoln MKZ a good buy for $1900 with that many miles on it? and will it last till 300,000 miles?

Hello. If you are getting that vehicle for only $1900 then that is a good deal. If the vehicle is well maintained then it should last for quite some time. I have had a lot of these vehicle last over...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
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.