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The month of August happens to be one of the best times to buy a used car. The new school year is upon us, people are trading in old cars for new ones as new models are showcased, and most people are in a hurry as selling a used car during the winter months in Idaho can be a serious pain.

Top 5 Most Reliable Used Cars to Buy This August

The only question now is what car to pick, and why? Below are five of the most reliable used cars currently on the market, according to JD Power, along with reasons why they may be the perfect fit for you. After all, buying a used car can be kind of hectic if you’re unprepared and knowing the models that stand the test of time is one way of ensuring you don’t drive off with a lemon in disguise.

1.   2009 Hyundai Genesis

The 2009 Hyundai Genesis is one of those large sedan options that truly stands out in the crowd. With its perfect safety scores, multiple luxury amenities, and smooth handling, this vehicle takes all the higher-quality aspects of more expensive options and provides them for a budget-friendly and cost-effective price.

The estimated cost of one of these models used is only $8,051 and this comes with either a V6 or V8 engine, leather upholstery, and large trunk space, as well as plenty of space for family and friends. Although some reviews have stated it is not as smooth as other sport sedan models out there, this vehicle is reliable, cost-effective, and perfect for any and all terrains Idaho has to offer.

2.   2010 Ford Fusion

With excellent safety scores, a modern look, higher quality engines to choose from, a six-speed manual, and an automatic transmission, this midsize car has many of the luxuries found in various sporty models with the space and comfort of a more family-oriented vehicle.

On top of this, the Ford Fusion is known for being highly reliable, replacement parts are relatively cheap to purchase due to the brand, and it runs smoothly and in a sleek manner. The average price paid for one of these models is $7,547 making it a budget-friendly option that is safe and spacious for any and all owners.

3.   2009 Audi A3

The 2009 Audi A3 may appear to be a very expensive vehicle but, in fact, it is a highly cost-effective option for those looking to enjoy some of the finer aspects of luxury cars.

On top of the fact that this vehicle goes for roughly $7,747 on the used car market, it also comes with leather upholstery, modern amenities such as an auxiliary input and satellite radio, and an all-wheel drive option. With all of this in mind, it truly is one of the best used cars out there for the price and has proven to be extremely reliable even now nine years later.

4.   2010 Lexus ES

It’s always best when looking at a used car to know some of the cons first and foremost. After all, does it really matter if the car has a nice interior if it also has one of the things you vowed you would steer clear of?

With this being said, the 2010 Lexus ES is a fantastic vehicle with an average price of $8,781. However, this model does lack when it comes to dynamic driving abilities and its safety ratings are not as great as other cars in its range.

Now that the negative aspects are out of the way, the ES offers some pretty excellent amenities; including a 5-person comfortable cabin, Bluetooth compatibility, a power sunroof, and a leather interior. With this said, you may not want to drive this bad boy up Big Creek Summit but you’ll definitely be able to drive in style through downtown for a great price.

5.   2010 Mazda Miata

The 2010 Mazda Miata may not be a family-friendly car, but it sure is a blast to drive. With a sporty and sleek look, the option of either a hard or soft convertible top, two seats, impeccable handling capabilities, and a manual transmission which helps the vehicle achieve an impressive 24 mpg, this speedy and vibrant vehicle is great for those looking to add a little adventure in their lives.

On average, you can expect to spend roughly $9,794 for a used model which is relatively cheap for a car of this magnitude and athleticism. Whether you’re looking to get a car that makes a statement or downsize without losing the class, this is the car for you.

In the end, there are countless used cars out there to choose from but these five are guaranteed to be reliable, comfortable, classy, and cost-effective. With this said, no matter what car you choose, the most important thing is to have the car looked over by your local mechanic to ensure it truly is worth every penny.

At Meridian Automotive, we understand every car deserves a home, but we also know what things to look out for when getting a used car. Once you think you’ve found a winner, come on down to have it looked over by one of our experienced auto mechanics so you can make sure you’ve got a true gem from the Gem State.