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How do I know what vehicles are reliable?

I've been looking on Craigslist for a vehicle, and sometimes I feel that the seller isn't adding things that they should (miles, engine,and other things) Is the only way to tell that a vehicle is trustworthy buying it, its definitely not just a test drive?

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It really depends on how well the car has been maintained, the # of owners, & its history (many can be found on carfax) If you can buy only from family, friends & those you trust, other than those folks it is a crap shoot. If you find a car that you're interested in, ask if it's okay to have it inspected-than do so. It may cost you a $100, but that sure beats a few grand. Always ask to see all of the paperwork on the car, make sure that the owner had all required maintenance performed. If you see a 10 year old car that has had 4 or 5 owners, somethings wrong. If you have a friend that is a mechanic or motor head by all means buy him a case of beer and let him check it out. People don't add info on their ad because they're either hiding something or just stupid, I'm sure that the majority would be a bit of both

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Thanks, I think I'll end up bringing my brother ( a mechanic) with to check it out.
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There you go easy fix, buy him lunch, go shopping have a nice day out
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It needs to be cool and have good engine power and great mileage

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I don't care about have a "cool" car/truck, I care about having a reliable one.
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Excellent point about low mileage, don't even think of a 240,000km speedo, go for older but low km
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Exactly because you can not trust cars with great mileage all the time!
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Not Toyota. too many recalls, you just can't trust them anymore

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LOL, I totally agree with you, but this is bound to piss off the Toyota fans.
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Well Toyota recalls of a trivial nature and evidences their thoroughness in customer support.
You don't find owners of Toyota, Mazda and Honda complaining, only other envious owners.
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My prediction was correct!
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Damn man! Make another prediction! You're really good at this stuff!
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Years ago we had a Toyota pickup. We kept it for 10 years and had less than $100.00 in repairs. We traded for a beautiful big Dodge Ram pickup. We kept the Dodge for four years. The radiator leaked and needed to be replaced. Cost us $1000.00. We traded it off for another Toyota pickup. Never been sorry. We have had the second Toyota pickup for 11 years and the only expense has been to have a new battery last year. The first battery lasted 10 years. The pickup still looks like new. Only problem is that here is less room in the bed of the truck. Oh well.............

As a satisfied (7 years) Toyota Prius owner, I must disagree with you. The recalls do not apply to all models. We get the recall notices, check them out and keep on driving. The only expense we have had is for a new battery this year, the small one. It was $238.00. Our dealership sells hundreds of Prius
each year and the shop superintendent said they have only replaced two of the big battery packs and that was after they had been driven about 270000 miles. He said the dealership paid all expenses.

We will never drive anything but a Toyota.

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Haha, another one! Well I'm disagreeimg with you because A) toyota is gay B) prius is the smallest car you can buy C) I refuse to trust a car company that has a lot of recalls, like toyota
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*disagreeing*
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LOL, Prius. Man, I dont care how reliable your Prius is, every time you pull up anywhere, people are secretly giggling to themselves thinking "look! that guy drives a f*ing Prius." Also, I've got a 91 Chevy S10 parked out front that all we've had to do with is get a new passenger seatbelt retractor, and a new radiator. And that probably costed $150 and a 1/2 hour with a screw driver.
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Haha, did you ever hear a prius drive by? It goes "iiiiiiiii'mm gay" haha, the saddest part is that it's true
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Lol.
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the best you can do is drive it around and look at the engine after. Look underneath for wet spots. Research the type of vehicle on the internet to see if there are any problems with that model. Unfortunately you could always get a lemon, nothing you can do about that. But you can certainly reduce your chances. Then there is carfax, not sure if you have to pay for that service though. Carfax.com will give you the history, including work done.

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you can talk to a local grease monkey and see if he has time to give a car a quick once over. then when you find one you like take it to him he'll let you know if it is worth the cost and how much it will cost to make it right

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Stick to small jap built cars like toyota and mazda.
I've had 8 of them altogether and don't know a soul who's ever not liked their own ones either.
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If you must look at clunkers, look out for
blue smoke exhaust
uneven tyre wear
excessive throttle pedal wear
any oil leak in engine or car
froth in radiator water
pulls right or left
lumpy transmission
evidence of rebuild after collision
ANY odd noise, grinding, squealing, exhaust
exhaust pipe anything but grey
sluggish starter motor
not being able to test the car from cold
etc
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when it comes to cars, CAVEAT EMPTOR (buyer beware!)

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best advice possible. when you find a car you like take it to a mechanic for a pre purchase inspection. most reputable shops will do it and for free or minimum fee. my shop does them free becuase we want your business. also if the person is honest they won't have a problem with that

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Go to the library and look at Consumers Report. They annually have a review of the reliability on all vehicles going back 10 years.

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You get what you pay for.

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ALWAYS have a trusted mechanic look the car over and get a car fax for it. For many years, we have had great luck driving used cars.

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I would take a long hard look at getting a KIA, I've had 3 of them (on my 3rd now) Sportage
1st one '01 - had 93K on it, was in for service & dealer drowned it NO problems at all
2nd one '06 (NEW)- traded it in for the '12 I'm driving now. It had 170K on it and the only reason I traded it in was because it had 170K on it, the hoses, belts (except timing) & Battery were original, again NO problems & I average 120 miles/day.
Gas mileage on all three were great

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lots of good info above, I would check http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/index.htm
as well... they can tell you which cars from which years were in the garage most often, which needed minor repairs in comparison to those requiring costly repairs as well as safety tests etc.

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I think you need to check the engine to see if there is any problem and also good milage.And also my brother is in the MARINES!!!He is stationed in 29 Palms CALIFORNIA.

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UMM...you never know with vehicles they have a mind of there own

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Well it all depends. Search the car fax before buying. Nice pic. My daddy was a marine and always will b a marine. Semper Fi! Im going to be a marine 2. Cant wait>

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You buy a American made vehicle such as ford!

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not always
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