You’ll Want an Extended Warranty After Reading This

2011 GMC Acadia

How much does peace of mind cost?

While there is no specific answer, many people use the “peace of mind” reasoning to justify purchasing a new car instead of a used one. There are simply fewer unknown factors when buying new. There are no previous owners, no potential hidden damage, no abuse and no chance the car was previously totalled. Plus, the warranty on new cars gives buyers the ability to sleep easy at night, knowing they are covered for at least a few years in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Buying used offers none of those guarantees. Even late-model used cars can suffer tremendous breakdowns and cost thousands of dollars to repair. No one knows this better than my brother, the once-proud owner of a 2007 GMC Acadia.

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Two More Used Cars for the “Avoid” List

2008 GMC Acadia

When the all-new 2011 GMC Acadia debuted, I didn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends and family in the market for a new SUV. I even considered one for my family before choosing to buy a used Lexus RX 330 instead.

My decision came down to one of longevity. The Lexus had proven itself as an established and reliable model. I hesitated on the Acadia because buying an American car in its first couple model years scared me.

I really want to like the Acadia. I love its looks and am impressed by the interior space it offers. However, I think I made the right choice by not buying one and believe there are better choices for people in the market for a used SUV. Keep reading for why I’d pass on a used Acadia, along with a few other cars that might not be wise buys.

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