The next thing to do is get an idea of maintenance costs on any car you're considering. Proper maintenance is especially important on a used car since it may not have a warranty to protect it if anything breaks down. People buy used vehicles as a way to save money but often overlook the cost of maintenance, which might end up pushing them beyond the limits of their budget. The car's owner's manual, which is often available online, will tell you what you need to know about maintenance services and intervals. A phone call to a dealership service department or a trusted independent repair shop will get you pricing information. You also can check resources such as RepairPal.
A thorough vehicle inspection can shed light on potential problems or tell you whether the car has been in an accident. Don't hesitate to bring your mechanic to see the car or to request a mobile inspection. Take the car for a spin to listen for any unusual noises and to see if you like the way it drives. If you are an audiophile, now is also the time to test-drive the audio system.
With an emphasis on bold grille design to distinguish it from the pack, the 2021 BMW 4 Series is unmistakable for anything but a BMW. Turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and an automatic-only transmission summarize the drivetrain choices. It still comes in a convertible, too. The performance-tuned M4 variant has a twin-turbo 6-cylinder good for more than 500 horsepower, and offers a manual gearbox.
A sibling to the just-launched Land Rover Defender 110, the new Defender 90 is shorter in length, smaller in size, and cheaper in price, but is no less capable when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Plus, thanks to a front-center jump seat, it carries up to six people. Two turbocharged engines are available, each paired with permanent 4-wheel drive.
Hard to believe the current Honda Civic design is six years old. It doesn’t look a day over two, mainly because of its wild styling that has aged remarkably well. Nevertheless, a redesigned 2022 Honda Civic is on the way, no doubt incorporating significant technological upgrades into its more conservative bodywork. Sedan and hatchback versions are on the way, and Honda says new versions of the sporty Si and performance-tuned Type R are part of the plan.
Read Edmunds reviews and best vehicle lists, such as those for best midsize sport-utility vehicles, best sport sedans and best pickups. Then narrow your choices, settling on the vehicle that fits you best, whether that's a minivan or a subcompact. Shopping online is the fastest way to get a great deal, so these steps assume that's what you are doing.