7 Cars That Refuse to Die

The longest lasting, most reliable cars on the road are those which are designed to outlive their warranty and provide their drivers with hundreds of thousands of mileage.  They don’t usually make the list of most glamorous or tech-savvy cars on the road, but after all, the more gadgets there are, the more likely things will break and malfunction.  However, it’s the fact that these cars are reliable to a fault (and prove to be allergic to your mechanic’s service bay!)

Let’s take a look at the top 7 most reliable cars on the road:

Toyota Corolla

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Simple, basic, and reliable transportation is what gives the Corolla its reputation for being one of the longest lasting vehicles on the market. The tried-and-true technology, simple features, and 4-speed automatic transmission (which was a 90’s innovation!) keeps Corollas powering past the 200,000 mile mark.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Subaru Outback

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The rough-and-ready exterior is familiar with its body falling somewhere between a station-wagon and a crossover. So while it’s not winning any awards on luxury and style, a surprisingly high percentage of Outbacks ever made are still on the road today. A regular fixture on used car lots, the standard all-wheel Subaru Outback sets them apart from other similar Subarus.

Ford Crown Victoria

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While this particular car hasn’t been made for years (since 2011, when Ford stopped taking orders for police sedans), it’s still one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road. Ford leveraged an old and trusted design including a body-on-frame setup and simple V-8 engine under the hood. With no advanced technology, it’s easy and cheap to service, easy to keep on the road, and runs just like the day your drove it home.

Honda Sedans

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Both of Honda’s top sedans, the Civic and the Accord, are staples on the road. Their ability to pull people into dealership showrooms is unparalleled, only going neck-and-neck with the Toyota Camry and Corolla.  Their exterior is sportier than most basic sedans making them attractive to first time buyers and families, while proving their reliability on the road. Because they equipped with standard technology, these cars generally stay out of your mechanic’s shop – but beware of the Hybrid models. More technology = More problems.

Toyota Camry

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It’s not by mistake that this 4-door sedan is the best-selling car in America. Not only do people buy it for the luxurious drive, comfortable interior, and sleek body shape, but when people buy a Camry, they’re confident in their decision because they know they won’t have to purchase another car for 8-10 years. Seeing Camrys with a high mileage over 100k isn’t uncommon (with the commonality of doubling that), and with the option of a 4- or 6-cylinder, there’s no model that should be avoided.

Ford Taurus

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An unusual vehicle on this list, the Ford Taurus essentially took the place of the Crown Victoria. With a more modern, sleek body shape, this sedan regularly sees 200,000 miles without the owners blinking an eye. Sticking with the basic 6-cylinder model ensures ultimate reliability, whereas the EcoBoost models have proven to be a little more difficult.

Nissan Maxima

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A little less common than its smaller counterpart, the Altima, the Nissan Maxima is just as reliable, if not more, due to the same technology.  Thanks to new mechanical components like the optional V-6 and continuously-variable automatic transmission, it’s almost certain these sedans will reach 200,000 miles (as long as the standard maintenance is kept up-to-date).

Knowing When an Extended Warranty is Worth it… and When to Walk Away

If you are buying a used car, you may be considering an aftermarket extended warranty as well. After all, a used car could be troublesome and a warranty could give you some peace of mind to avoid potential risk.  But is an extended warranty worth it? Let’s take a look at when they are worth it, and when you should walk away.

In a survey by Consumer Reports, only half of the people who purchase extended warranties actually use it to file a claim, and have the claim covered by the warranty company. So why be cautious? It’s very rare that the premium you pay on the warranty will equal the amount of paid repair claims down the road.

Are Extended Warranties a Waste of Money?

Considering premiums on extended warranties can be so high, and there’s a chance you’ll never even need to make a claim, it can be a waste of money.  Let’s look at some numbers:

  • ½ of people who buy a warranty have filed a claim over the last 5 years.
  • ⅓ of people of buy a used car with extended warranty use it within the first year.

Which means ⅔ used car buyers needed their warranty later down the road, and sometimes outside of their extended warranty contract.  

Instead of buying a warranty, a lot of car buyers are putting that money aside in a second savings account or a “rainy day” fund for when their used vehicle needs work or repairs.

Things to Consider When Looking to Buy an Extended Warranty

A lot of companies who provide extended warranties do their homework… and will charge more for a warranty on a used car because there is a greater likelihood that a used vehicle will need repairs or be at a higher risk of needing service work than a new car. Used car reports like CarFax are great for learning the accident history and service history of a vehicle, but occasionally, the reports don’t cover everything if the accident report was “wiped” before the initial sale.  

So when you looking into buying an extended warranty, there are a few things to consider:

  1. The reputation of the company selling the warranty. Some companies have a well known, nationwide presence, while other are lesser known and may not back up the claims if your car starts acting up.  Be sure to research your options thoroughly before purchasing an extended warranty.
  2. The reliability of your car. If your car is very reliable, then purchasing an extended warranty will prove to be a waste of money. You will spend more money on the premium than you’ll ever need in claims.  If your car is older and perhaps a bit more unreliable, than an extended warranty may provide you with peace of mind.
  3. The type of warranty.  Inclusion warranties should typically be avoided, because they only cover specific parts, and aren’t comprehensive, unlike their counterpart. Exclusion warranties cover all parts except for the ones that are listed. Read each policy very carefully before deciding which one is best for you.

At the end of the day, having an extended warranty can help you feel more comfortable when purchasing a used car. By following our tips, you’ll avoid spending money on a warranty you don’t need or on one that won’t cover the majority of your car’s issues.  

Knowing Your Options for Financing a Used Vehicle

If you’re in the market for buying a new car, but don’t want to spend the money to buy a brand new make or model, buying a used vehicle is your best option.  Although you may not have the cash to buy a used vehicle upfront, a lot of used car dealerships offer financing options.

Before you get started, it’s important that you know your credit score so you can find the best possible loan.  This will give youa good idea of what kind of loan and term options you will have available. In the United States, you are entitled to one free credit report a year.

Here are some options for Financing a Used Vehicle:

Direct Loan

If you have a credit score of 680 or higher, you will be considered a desirable candidate for a direct loan and should receive the best rates.  A higher credit score equals lower interest rates. If you have had a checking or savings account with the same bank for a number of years, check with them about getting a direct loan.  Because of your history as an existing customer, you may be eligible for a better loan.

It’s also recommended that you get rate quotes from multiple lenders so you can compare rates. This will ensure you get the lowest rates and have checked every option.  

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Offer a Sizable Downpayment

The more money you can offer upfront on the purchase of your vehicle, the lower your payments and rates will be. This will also prevent you paying more in interest than the vehicle is actually worth.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of used car dealerships don’t require their customers to put any down any money upfront, regardless of their credit score.  

Pay for the “Extras” in Cash

It can be tempting to bundle all the miscellaneous expenses into your car payment, such as sales tax, registration fees, documentation fees, and any other extras that you choose to include such as extended warranties.  

Often, your dealership is willing to roll all these fees into your financing. Unfortunately, that ensures that you will be upside down on your loan, since you are increasing the amount of your loan, but not the value of the car which secured the loan.

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What Are The Best Cars for New Graduates?

Graduation season is upon us! And while it is a very exciting time, it can also be very expensive. Starting a new job, moving to a new city, and living on your own can be a lot more costly than you anticipated, so when you need a new car, you may start to feel like you’re drowning in debt. With student loans, small salaries, and a short credit history, adding another expense may seem impossible for a new college graduate.

A lot of new graduates are foregoing the purchase of a new car and relying on public transportation or car-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. But unless you live in a major city, those options are not realistic or as easily maneuvered.

However, a lot of major brands and auto manufacturers offer rebates, discounts, and interest rate deals for college graduates. 

 Which cars and brands are best suited for a new college graduate?

Let’s take a look!

  1. Honda Fit

A great commuter car for new graduates, the Honda Fit is affordable, fuel-efficient, and subcompact – perfect for a modern millennial. Starting at $16,090, the Honda Fit has a spacious interior while it’s small footprint makes parking a cinch, even in the smallest of spaces.

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  1. Acura ILX

Luxury for an affordable price, the Acura ILX starts just under $28,000. Although it’s not quite as luxurious as a BMW counterpart, new graduates will appreciate the premium materials and state-of-the-art technology.

  1. Toyota Prius

Starting at $24,685, the Toyota Prius was voted 2017 Best Hybrid Car for the Money by U.S. New and World Report, and rightfully so. With it’s 4-cylinder engine and 2 electric motors, you’ll find it’s perfect for city and highway driving alike. With updated technology and driver assistance features, you won’t find a better car for your buck.

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  1. Honda Civic

Ranked the top-selling compact car, the Honda Civic is one of the safest vehicles on the market. Acing crash safety courses,  the Honda Civic starts at $18,740 and provides comfort and utility, as well as upgraded technology like Apple CarPlay and dual-zone climate control.

  1. Honda HR-V

A top-rated subcompact SUV, this is the best vehicle for someone who wants a little more space than what a sedan can provide, without paying for a larger SUV. Starting at $19,465, the HR-V has 30% more storage than other subcompact SUVs and comes standard with Bluetooth and rear-view camera.

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All of these manufacturers provide graduates with generous discounts and savings – not just because they want to reward hard work and dedication to your education, but because they are focused on building brand loyalty and a strong customer base. Chances are, if you purchase a vehicle at a good deal, you’ll go back when it’s time for your next purchase.

Most dealerships and automakers will want to see proof of eligibility.  These stipulations usually mean that you have graduated less than 2 years ago, or you are graduating within 6 months of purchasing a new car, so be sure to have the proper documentation on hand.

What is a PDI?

A PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) is the final check completed before the sale of a vehicle.  Whether brand new or pre-owned, somewhere in the fine print with the dealership mention the PDI. This thorough inspection ensures the car or truck is in top mechanical and operational condition.  

For used cars and trucks, a PDI involves the initial inspection, all maintenance, and repairs, as well as the follow-up inspection.  

A PDI is meant to give the customer peace of mind and confidence in the vehicle they are purchasing.  

At Trust Auto, our inspections are completed with the guidance of the ASE-Certified technicians at Liberty Car & Truck Services, LLC. Once we purchase pre-owned vehicles at auction, they are carefully delivered to Trust Auto and prepared for inspection.  

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In order to deliver the highest quality vehicles to our customers, our pre-delivery inspection includes a comprehensive checklist. 

Trust Auto Pre-Delivery Inspection Checklist

  • In-depth research of the best cars to purchase at auction
    • This allows us to determine which makes and models to avoid, and which vehicles are the best quality.
  • Proper and safe transportation of the vehicles to our lot
    • We carefully hand-select automotive delivery companies to handle the safe and proper delivery of each vehicle to our property.
  • Thorough interior and exterior examinations
    • Our team of ASE-certified technicians tediously examine each vehicle to determine what needs to be fixed and corrected, if anything, before we list the vehicle for sale.
  • Body and mechanical repairs
    • After inspection, the technicians repair to the vehicle to ensure safety and proper operational functions.
  • Check all fluid levels
    • Vehicles aren’t transported with the fluids topped off, so we make sure all fluids are full and topped off with quality products.
  • Full detail
    • Before the final inspection, our technicians detail each vehicle from roof to tires, which gives it the sparkle and shine of a new vehicle.
  • Post-purchase inspectionPDI-inspection-checklist
    • This is the final check before you drive your car home! We check the car one last time to ensure optimal safety and driving conditions.
  • 125 Multi-point inspection
    • Every vehicle we sell at Trust Auto undergoes a 125-Point Inspection that covers every aspect from cosmetic wear to mechanical functions. Nothing is too small of a detail.

In an effort to be fully transparent with our customers, the cost of the PDI is included in the price of the vehicle.  

Visit Trust Auto today to fall in love with your next vehicle.  We offer a wide variety of inventory options that are sure to please every customer.