The 5 best car brands to buy used

Have you done the research to see what best car brands to buy used are? Learn what people have listed as their best used cars to buy.

Japanese Companies Dominate “Best” Lists

“Buy Japanese” doesn’t have the ring of “Buy American” to American customers, but it also might be the best advice for people who want to buy used cars.

In fact, Japanese companies dominate at least three “best used car lists,” including a list of the 10 most reliable used car brands, a list of the six most reliable used cars, and a list of the 10 most durable cars and trucks.

Surveying Best Used Cars

A 2013 Reliability Survey by What Car?, Great Britain’s largest car buying guide, and Warranty Direct, which provides warranties to people who buy cars in Britain, concluded that seven of the 10 most reliable used car brands are Japanese, two are American, and one is South Korean.

Foreign or Domestic?

Japanese companies Honda and Suzuki ranked first and second, Japanese company Subaru and South Korean company Hyundai tied for third, Japan’s Toyota and Lexus were fifth and sixth, American company Chevrolet was seventh, Japan’s Mitsubishi was eighth, and Japan’s Mazda and American company Ford tied for ninth.

The survey, which was entitled “Top 10 most reliable used car brands,” was based on how often cars failed, the cost of repairing cars that failed, how much time the cars were in the repair shop, the cars’ age, and the cars’ mileage.

Compare Multiple Surveys

Two other best used car lists essentially confirm the survey by What Car? And Warranty Direct. “The 6 Most Reliable Used Cars,” a study by CarsDirect, concluded that five of the most reliable used car models are Japanese and one is South Korean.

“A car dealer’s scientific guide to the 10 best used vehicles,” a study conducted by Motoramic, a blog about cars, concluded that seven of the 10 most durable cars and trucks were Japanese and three were American.

Interestingly, though, Japanese automakers didn’t do quite as well in Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car-Brand Perception Survey. Toyota is ranked first by a large margin, Honda is third, and Subaru is sixth, but the other seven brands are non-Japanese. Ford, Chevrolet, and Tesla Motors are second, fourth, and fifth, while Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Cadillac and BMW round out the top 10.

What are The Best Used Cars?

Below are some details on the five best used car brands as determined by “Top 10 most reliable used car brands,” the survey by What Car? and Warranty Direct. The average reliability index score for a used car brand was 100. A lower score means the brand is more reliable.

Honda:
Honda cars had a reliability index rating of 39 and the average cost of repairing a car was $598.85. The Honda Accord and the Honda Civic are two of the six most reliable used cars according to the CarsDirect study. The Honda S2000 is the eighth most durable used cars according to the Motoramic study.

Suzuki:
Suzuki cars had a reliability index rating of 46 and the average cost of repairing a car was $433.49.

(tie) Hyundai:
Hyundai cars had a reliability index rating of 63 and the average cost of repairing a car was $424.96. The Hyundai Elantra was one of the six most reliable used cars according to the CarsDirect study.

(tie) Subaru:
Subaru cars had a reliability index rating of 63 and the average cost of repairing a car was $504.67.

Toyota:
Toyota cars had a reliability index rating of 70 and the average cost of repairing a car was $659.23. The Toyota Camry and the Toyota Corolla are two of the six most reliable used cars according to the CarsDirect study. The Camry, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Prius are the sixth, seventh, and ninth most durable used cars according to the Motoramic study.

Sixth- through 10th-ranked Lexus, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Mazda
had reliability index ratings of 81, 88, 89, 94, and 94 respectively.

Survey Results

It’s very interesting that people who are surveyed about new cars prefer American and German brands, but people who are surveyed about used cars prefer Japanese brands. American auto manufacturers have improved the quality of their brands in the past couple of decades, but they have a long way to go in designing cars for people who prefer reliable, inexpensive used cars to sleeker, more expensive new cars.