Who doesn’t like a good bargain?
I’d venture to guess that very few people in this world would be proud to say they paid full price on anything. Especially a car. Maybe there’s a Ferrari fanatic or two out there who would happily gloat about dropping $100K on a pre-owned F430, but the majority of car shoppers have a specific list of requirements they need met in a used vehicle, and they want all those needs satisfied at a bargain price.
People in my family tend to be compulsive car shoppers (and buyers), though my dad has now held onto his 2000 Honda CR-V for somewhere around five years. An eternity.
He asked me what I’d recommend based on his list of 8 requirements. Of course I have my own thoughts and recommendations, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to pass the question along to the other Car Gurus out there. Keep reading for the requirements, which I’m pretty sure apply to many car shoppers, and then chime in on what you think the perfect vehicle would be.
My dad’s email to me said,
We are going to shop for a car to replace the CR-V. What used vehicles are out there that offer:
- Good reliability
- Lots of comfort
- Good gas mileage
- Dual climate controls
- Power accessories
- All at a bargain price
What constitutes comfort, good mpg and a bargain price is open for interpretation. Some people might search DealFinder for a used $50K Porsche Cayenne as a comfy-riding bargain, others would stick with a $5,000 Kia Sportage. That I will leave to you…
What car would you buy that meets all the above criteria?