Are There Any New and Used Cars You Really Want to Avoid?

The car market is agog with activity and craziness. Prices of new and used cars are going through the roof. Many vehicles are in such high demand that dealers offer up to 150% of what’s owed in trade just to get a three-year-old model into their inventory. Now might be the time to avoid some of the most popular models because the demand is simply too high.

Which new cars are selling extremely fast?

The 2022 Honda CR-V is one of the fastest-selling new cars in the market.
2022 Honda CR-V | Honda

The ten fastest-selling new cars and the number of days in the market according to iSeeCars.com are:

  • Honda CR-V – 7.6 days
  • Genesis GV70 – 12.2 days
  • Lexus RX 350 – 13 days
  • Toyota Highlander – 13.6 days
  • Toyota Camry – 15.1 days
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – 15.3 days
  • Ford Maverick Hybrid – 15.5 days
  • Subaru Forester – 17 days
  • Toyota Tacoma – 17.6 days
  • Subaru Crosstrek – 17.7 days

These ten cars are selling much faster than the normal average. Most dealers expect vehicles to stay on the lot for a month or more. The current shortage of new vehicles creates the selling rate for these models.

What cars resell the fastest?

A 2022 Tesla Model X, also available in the Tesla Model X Plaid.
2022 Tesla Model X | Getty Images

Using the same study applied to used cars, we see the fastest-selling models in the pre-owned market are:

  • Tesla Model X – 28 days
  • Honda Insight – 28.9 days
  • Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – 29.4 days
  • Tesla Model Y – 29.5 days
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 32.8 days
  • Mazda3 Sedan – 34.3 days
  • Tesla Model S – 34.4 days
  • Tesla Model 3 – 34.6 days
  • Chevy Volt – 35 days
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E – 35.1 days

Selling pre-owned cars goes a little slower than new models, but you still see a rapid selling rate for the used cars in the market.

What should you do?

If you’re looking for a new or used car to drive, the 20 vehicles listed above are vehicles you want to avoid unless they are 100% the right vehicle for you. If you buy one of these models, you should expect to find higher prices than what you’ll find for cars that didn’t make this list.

What are the top 10 used cars not to buy?

The list can certainly be much longer than 10, but we’ll whittle it down for the sake of this writing. According to U.S. News and World Report, the top 10 cars you want to avoid buying are:

  • 2016 Jeep Compass
  • 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 2016 Jeep Patriot
  • 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C
  • 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • 2019 Fiat 500L
  • 2019 Dodge Journey
  • 2019 Fiat 500X
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

These models scored the lowest for the overall score by US News while receiving the lowest reliability scores as well. If you want a longer list of vehicles you should avoid, check out what Consumer Reports offers.

Which used cars do mechanics recommend?

Toyota Corollas like this one have tremendous resale and trade in value
A blue Toyota Corolla at a car show | Paul Marotta, Getty Images

Who better to ask about used cars that could last a long time than mechanics? The team at Popular Mechanics did the legwork for you and offers a list of vehicles recommended by mechanics as models that are great for many occasions. These used cars are:

  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Tiburon
  • Honda Element
  • Nissan Quest
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Ford Ranger
  • Mini Cooper
  • Lexus IS
  • Ford Escort
  • Mazda Miata
  • Honda S2000
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Audi A4
  • Subaru Impreza

Now that you have an idea of several vehicles you should avoid driving along with a few used cars that mechanics recommend, you can find the right vehicle for you. The next article offers you some suggestions of cars that could be exactly what you want to drive.

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