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7/14/2014 - What used cars to avoid


There are a lot of advantages to owning a used car, one of them being that policyholders can traditionally save on their auto insurance premiums.

There are a lot of advantages to owning a used car, one of them being that policyholders can traditionally save on their auto insurance premiums. However, as beneficial as this may be, there are a number of pre-owned vehicles out there that for one reason or another aren't the best options.

With this in mind, Consumer Reports recently released its list of used cars that are best left alone.

All of the cars on Consumer Reports' (CR) non recommended list are for model years between 2004 and 2013 and were deemed as such after conducting its Annual Auto Survey. Among the two dozen vehicles are the BMW X5 with a six cylinder engine, the Chrysler Town & Country, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Beetle.

The automotive experts at CR indicated that these vehicles didn't measure up because they underperformed in overall reliability, meaning that they have the potential to break down with frequency, leading to excessive repair expenses.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, are those used vehicles that can be counted on. CR's best used cars included the Hyundai Elantra and Subaru Impreza for small cars, while those preferring sedans can't go wrong with the standard Toyota Camry, its hybrid model and the Acura TL.

"When shopping for a used car, it's really important to find a car that drives well and will hold up down the road," said Rik Paul CR auto editor. "Our guide makes it easy for shoppers to choose a great used car by highlighting the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs in four different price ranges."

Consumers with a growing family and in the market to buy a new car might benefit from taking a look at U.S. News and World Report's latest list, which outlines what it considers this year's best automobiles for people with kids.

For information on how the purchase of a used car vs a new car may impact your car insurance premiums, talk to a local Selective agent today.


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