Suggestions to buy an used car.

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I am looking to buy an used car and I am inable to decide between a 2015 VW GTI S DSG(<13k miles) / 2014 Mazda 6 touring (48k miles) / 2015 VW GTI Autobahn (32k miles). I am a fan of german cars and need something sporty and fun to drive but I am also concerned about the maintenance and stuff when it comes to choosing a german car. I need your valuable suggestions in making an informed decision.

Please feel free to suggest anyother alternatives that you could think of. Preferably an automatic & FWD. Other suggestions(RWD,manual) if worth trying are welcome too. Much appreciate you

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If it’s economy of service you want, you can’t beat the Japanese. The Mazda is a very reliable car and will usually cost less to service than the VW. Most of the time, the Mazda will go over a hundred thousand miles without anything breaking, but in my experience, the Volkswagen usually needs something expensive replaced (often the throttle body) before it reaches the century mark. The GTI however is more fun to drive. It just depends on what’s more important to you. Whatever you choose, it would be wise to get a Pre-Purchase inspection. from Your Mechanic before you buy. You can have a technician come to the seller’s location or to your home at your convenience to check the car out before you buy.

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In retaining “like new” quality and inheriting a slower depreciation rate, the best used car age for buying is 2-3 years. In fact, Americans are saving up to $14,000 on a 3-year-old vehicle. For example, a car that may have cost you $30,000 when new would cost around $16,000 after just 3 years.
CarMax: Top Value

In our secret shopper comparisons, CarMax gave us the best value for our vehicle. While it`s worth getting quotes from multiple sources, indications show that CarMax offers competitive rates for used cars.

A conventional car can last for 200,000 miles. Some well-maintained car models will reach 300,000 or more miles total. The average passenger car age is currently around 12 years in the United States. Choosing a well-built make and model can help extend your car`s longevity.
According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, Toyota and Lexus were the most reliable vehicles in 2022. After Japanese cars, BMW was ranked third, while Mercedes` reliability was rated the lowest.
What is the most dependable car brand? Here are the brand rankings based on the number of problems per 100 vehicles, according to J.D. Power`s 2023 U.S. vehicle dependability study. The industry average is 186. The highest-ranking premium brand was Lexus, and Kia was the highest-ranking mass market brand.
Is Mileage More Important Than Age? The short answer is no. There is no clear winner in the battle of mileage vs age. This is because, when shopping for a used car, you don`t just base your decision on either one.
To determine whether a car has reasonable mileage, you can simply multiply 12,000 by its age. That means good mileage for a car that`s 5 years old is 60,000. Significantly more or fewer miles could indicate a problem or trouble in the future.
As with most things, cars appreciate based on what society deems desirable. This often comes down to a car`s rarity, popularity, and nostalgia factor.
Resale value refers to what your car, truck, or SUV will be worth when you try to sell it or trade it in later on. Your vehicle`s depreciation usually outweighs the combined costs of: Insurance. Maintenance.

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Suggestions to buy an used car.
ANSWER : If it’s economy of service you want, you can’t beat the Japanese. The Mazda is a very reliable car and will usually cost less to service than the VW. Most of the time, the Mazda will go over a hundred thousand miles without anything breaking, but in my experience, the Volkswagen usually needs something expensive replaced (often the throttle body) before it reaches the century mark. The GTI however is more fun to drive. It just depends on what’s more important to you. Whatever you choose, it would be wise to get a Pre-Purchase inspection. from Your Mechanic before you buy. You can have a technician come to the seller’s location or to your home at your convenience to check the car out before you buy.

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