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Never Buy a Used 2013 Buick Verano

If you’re on the market for an affordable used sedan, Buick may already be on your radar. In particular, a Buick Verano may appeal to buyers who are looking for a near-luxury vehicle at a low price point. But be aware — the 2013 Verano was the most complained-about model, and it’s likely to come with expensive issues that simply aren’t worth the stress. Here are the biggest problems as reported on CarComplaints.com.

The 2013 Buick Verano’s biggest problems

The top three problems plaguing the 2013 Buick Verano are a stalling engine, consistent issues with the A/C and heating, and peeling paint. The engine stalls rank as the top most-reported problem, with a severity rating of 9.3/10. On average, drivers observed this issue occurring at around 33,550 miles. The engine on this model will reportedly shut off when the car slows down, even if it is still in drive.

The second most-reported problem is A/C and heater malfunction, with a severity rating of 9.6/10. Drivers report the A/C intermittently blowing hot air, or simply struggling to cool down a hot car. The heat, on the other hand, reportedly blows cool air or refuses to switch on at all. These issues begin appearing at around 25,800 miles on average.

Finally, the third most-reported problem is the clear coat/paint peeling, with a severity rating of 6.6/10. Multiple drivers complain that they have experienced issues with the paint on their Verano peeling even when it hasn’t been handled roughly. On average, this problem begins to appear at around 34,150 miles and necessitates a new paint job.

The worst Buick Verano

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According to data collected by CarComplaints.com, the 2013 Buick Verano received the most complaints out of every model year. Consumer Reports confirms this negative impression, stating that “the luxury treatment only goes skin-deep” on this Verano. The Consumer Reports road test found that the Verano’s front seats were uncomfortably overstuffed, the rear seating was cramped, and the steering was unresponsive.

Additionally, the 2013 Buick Verano only gets 24 miles per gallon. This fuel economy is fairly low, especially when compared to other vehicles of the same class.

Consumer Reports also notes that the Verano’s interior is less than ideal. It is filled with hard plastic surfaces, with a wide center console that makes the front seating feel somewhat cramped. 

Is it worth it?

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Ultimately, even if the $7,150 price tag of a used 2013 Buick Verano appeals to you, it’s worth thinking twice before committing. The top-reported problems are inconvenient and expensive to repair, meaning that you’ll be racking up additional costs before you know it. And your time is worth something, too — if you’re spending hours trying to resolve issues with your vehicle, you’re not getting a particularly good deal.

It is also worth noting that the most frequently reported problem on the 2013 Verano isn’t just frustrating — it’s dangerous. An engine stalling in the middle of a busy road can cause accidents and is a frightening experience. One driver told Car Complaints that their Verano stalled in the middle of an expressway, nearly resulting in a crash. Multiple other drivers reported feeling scared to drive their Verano after experiencing this problem.

Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of other options if you’re looking to purchase a used sedan. Starting at $8,350, the 2013 Audi A3 has a similar price tag to the Verano without the frustrating and dangerous problems. If you have a slightly bigger budget, you might opt for the Consumer Reports-recommended 2013 Lexus CT 200h, which starts at $12,275. 

Overall, the headaches that come with the 2013 Buick Verano simply aren’t worth it. Do your future self a favor and explore some other options instead.