Be cautious when buying these popular used cars

Buying a used car can be the perfect solution if you want to save some money. However, you should never rush in to any purchase. If you do, you could end up in a situation where you have huge bills for repairs or day to day operating costs. There are several popular models you should avoid for these very reasons. We want to look at them today, then if you want to start your own car broker service, you can learn how with us.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 petrol EcoBoost

The first model on the list will be surprising to many because Ford has a reputation for reliability. However, that doesn’t mean that every vehicle is a good buy. There are some that have red flags.

Early versions of the EcoBoost engine have what is known as a “wet belt”. This means the timing belt is lubricated with oil. The idea is the lubrication helps with cooling and ensures the belts last longer than a dry belt would. Ford said it would make them last 10 years (or 150,000 miles).

However, the 1.0 litre petrol engine in the Ford Fiesta can have serious issues. The constant lubrication can cause some belts to break down. If that happens, they can clog the oil filter. The repair costs here can be massive.

Vauxhall Mokka (2012-2018)

The first generation of Vauxhall’s Mokka is an interesting model. It was originally known as a crossover because it combines SUV styling with the practicality of smaller hatchbacks. Most notably, there is a higher ride height.

While the model has a good reputation for being dependable, there can be some additional costs to keep in mind. For example, a common fault is the headlights can malfunction. Repairs can be expensive.

Land Rover Discovery 4

Car broker serviceA lot of people love the idea of buying a second hand Land Rover to get a luxury SUV. They can be incredibly affordable, especially if you compare to the price of new models. In fact, if you offer a car broker service, you’ll probably have plenty of requests to track down good quality used models.

However, the Discovery 4 (2009-2016) has a poor reputation. Models can suffer serious and costly electrical issues. If this happens to you, it could cost thousands in repairs, sometimes several times more than the value of the vehicle itself.

Ford Ka (1996-2008)

If you were shocked to see Ford’s name on the list once, you’ll be blown away to see it twice. However, there is a very good reason for the inclusion of the first generation of the Ka. While they are incredibly affordable today, they can have serious issues with rust. That is the last thing you want to see on any vehicle.

You may also want to avoid the first gen Ka if you are thinking about fuel economy. While it is a classic small city car, early ones have a 1.3-litre engine that can be quite thirsty. So, you could be filling up more frequently. Models from 2002 onwards have better, more efficient engines.

MG6 (2011-2016)

Finally we have a full range of models. MG is a brand that many driving enthusiasts love, but the relaunch was difficult. Now under ownership of SIAC, the design and development of the MG6 was done in the UK, kits were made in China, and final assembly was done in the West Midlands. It gives everything a bit of an odd feel.

The model does get praise for its affordability and equipment for the time. However, the build quality is a concern and there were only a few engine choices. The engines can be thirsty too.

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