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Don't buy a pig in a poke: 6 brands with reliable used cars

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Choosing a car is a serious and responsible task. In times of war, economic uncertainty, and rising prices, we are all looking for ways to save money. Since cars are among the most expensive purchases, drivers turn to the secondary market – and there is an extremely high risk of buying a pig in a poke.

If you're looking for a used car, you can get great deals. The trick is to find a quality model at a good price. Experts told us which brands have a reliable reputation in the global car market.

Lexus

It's hardly a surprise that Lexus is on the list of reliable used cars. For many years in a row, Lexus has been ranked the highest in the ratings of quality and durability of cars according to surveys by Consumer Reports and J.D. Power. It should be remembered that Lexus offers a fairly small line of cars. In 2024, its UX received the best reliability rating from drivers, and all other Lexus models received an above-average score.

Toyota

Toyota, the parent company of Lexus, is also traditionally included in the lists of successful long-term investments. Given its consistent reputation for reliability, a Toyota car can be a good choice on the secondary market. Just remember that, as with any brand on this list, the reliability of used vehicles can vary considerably. Everything is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Kia

Kia can also be a good brand to buy on the secondary market, given that some models have been listed as the most reliable used cars by U.S. News & World Report. In fact, the 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Kia Forte are the best options.

Chevrolet

Another good choice for a reliable used car can be Chevrolet. According to U.S. News, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu, 2021 Chevrolet Corvette, and 2020 Chevrolet Sonic are consistently in demand and offer excellent value for money. Both the Malibu and Corvette have a reliability score of 89, while the Sonic received 93 points out of 100, which is very high.

Nissan.

Also consider Nissan if you're looking for a reliable used car. The manufacturer is one of the ten most reliable car brands by J.D. Power. And, according to U.S. News, the 2021 Nissan Murano, 2020 Nissan Armada, and 2021 Nissan Maxima are among the most reliable used cars in history.

BMW

The 2021 BMW X4 and 2020 BMW X6 also made the list of the most reliable used cars according to Consumer Reports.

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