Cheapest Cars to Maintain
This week, YourMechanic released a study determining the most and least expensive vehicles to maintain - based on their huge dataset of vehicles they have serviced and repaired.
This is an interesting study because it's based on actual maintenance and repairs performed, not just owner-reported issues. I'm a big proponent of getting feedback from mechanics before purchasing a used car - they see a birds-eye view of common problems across a spectrum of vehicles.
The difference in cost over a 10-year period between the least expensive and most expensive model to maintain is nearly $13,000! It really pays to consider vehicles with low maintenance costs. Check out some of the results below and be sure to read the full article to get all the details.
3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum MoneyThe key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:
Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted NetworkSelect the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirectTrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.
Step 3 Complete my ChecklistFollow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
Each week, I'll keep you up-to-date on the latest car deals and news that might affect your purchase. This includes...
- Best Rebates, Incentives, and Lease Deals
- Latest Car Buying Scams and Tricks
- The Best & Worst Time to Buy a Car
- Which Cars You Should Avoid