5 Used Cars You Should Never Buy

By: Mike's Car Store   |   30 Apr 2023

If you're in the market for a used car, there are numerous factors you need to consider in order to find a dependable vehicle that’s built to last. As cars get older and more miles are put on them, common problems can arise that aren't always reported. Additionally, many car review companies only tend to focus on the newest and latest makes and models, leaving those in the used car market at a disadvantage. That's why, here at Mike’s Car Store, we've put together a comprehensive list of five types of used cars that we believe should be avoided at all costs. So, before you make your next used car purchase, be sure to read on to learn more about the cars you should steer clear of and why it’ll be in your best interest to do so.

1.    Any Hyundai & Kia with GDI Engines

GDI refers to a gasoline direct injection engine. These engines can pose numerous risks and potential damage, especially if the vehicle is older than ten years. And while this could be rectified with warranty and recall claims, oftentimes, Kia and Hyundai dealers will not honor them. Additionally, if the auto manufacturer refuses the make the claim, you’re unlikely to find a replacement engine that won’t experience the same issues. The false sense of security these automakers provide through their warranty options is also only available for new vehicle purchases and, depending on the vehicle's mileage, would not be beneficial for used vehicles.

2.    Ford Escape

The Ford Escape, for the most part, is a decent family-friendly vehicle. However, due to its ongoing transmission issues, we would not recommend this vehicle, especially if it's being purchased pre-owned. Not only are transmission issues a hassle, but they are also quite costly – though not impossible – to repair. These transmission issues are commonly seen in model years 2013 up until 2021.

3.    Nissan SUVs with CVT Transmission

Models commonly found in this category include the Nissan Maxima, Rogue, and Murano, among others. The reason we suggest avoiding these vehicles is their lack of reliability and longevity. You'll often see these vehicles giving out between 80,000 to 110,000 miles, which really isn’t that high. In order to get more life, the vehicle is guaranteed to need transmission repairs early on. If you decide on any of these vehicles, we strongly recommend getting an extended warranty on them as well as conducting a thorough test drive.


4.    Dodge Journey

Even brand new, we consider the Dodge Journey a vehicle you should steer clear from. From engine issues to suspension problems to transmission repairs, these vehicles are almost guaranteed to drain your bank account. Not to mention, one of its biggest selling points, its third-row seating, is one of the worst on the market, with very little room for both passengers and cargo.

5.    Jeep Patriot, Cherokee, Compass, and Renegade

Slow, noisy, and in need of constant repairs, these four Jeep SUV models do an injustice to the iconic Jeep moniker. Like Dodge, the Jeep brand works within the FCA and often sells these vehicles to customers with low credit scores at low-interest rates. This is likely in an attempt to remove their accountability for quality control.

At the end of the day, it's important for Kentucky drivers to understand that auto manufacturers anticipate vehicle repairs in order to get more traffic to their model-certified service centers. When it comes to buying used, we always say the protected customer is the happy customer. Buying a used vehicle with extended warranty coverage is essential, whether you purchase a used vehicle on our list or any other used model!

As a dealership run and owned by the #1 watched Car Salesman on the Planet, you can trust we know how to get you the best deal on a used vehicle that will last you for years to come! We’re here for you before, during, and after the sale of your car. Even if you’re working with another dealer, we’re committed to protecting our customers. Browse our inventory of high-quality used vehicles today at Mike’s Car Store.

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