Used cars are great. They’re a lot cheaper than new ones, are easier to work on, and represent better value for money. That’s not true for all used cars, though, as Consumer Reports complied a list of no less than 108 vehicles you should avoid purchasing.
The list is ordered by automaker, so it’s pretty lengthy. CR claims that these 108 vehicles are worse than other used cars on the market because they have “much-worse-than-average” reliability.
While enthusiasts like to poke fun at exotic automakers for being unreliable, American brands ranked at the top for having the most used cars to avoid. Chevrolet, for one, had 14 cars that the outlet said to stay away from, ranging from the Camaro to the Silverado.
Volkswagen also had a substantial amount of used vehicles to avoid, with CR singling out 11 cars consumers should stay away from. The Volkswagen Golf GTI, one of the best hot hatchbacks on the market, also made the you-must-avoid-this list.
Ford had 10 vehicles on that list. Interestingly, the 2017 Ford Mustang is included, as is the 2017 Fusion. The automaker’s F-150 pickup truck wasn’t on the list though; quite the opposite, actually, as it made its way to Consumer Reports’ list of top models from the brand.
Brands that enthusiasts like to poke fun of for reliability, like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi only had a couple of vehicles to avoid. BMW has the most with five models to steer clear of, Mercedes-Benz has three, and Audi only two.
Unless you’re looking into buying a used Volkswagen, Chevrolet, or Ford, then, you should be okay – at least according to Consumer Reports. While they do a good amount of testing and research to come up with these kinds of lists, which make for a nice starting point, we advise doing your own research before purchasing a used car.
To see the list in its entirety, where the automakers are indexed in alphabetical order, just click here.