These 5 used cars are not dangerous to buy

These 5 used cars are not dangerous to buy


When you’re looking for a new or used car, it’s common to see a luxury import with a few years on its back at a decent national price you’re looking at. However, when buying “relics of the rich” one must be very careful, as the cost of maintenance does not match the market value of the model.

But let’s face it, the flea is behind the ear, after seeing that it is possible to pick up a Mercedes-Benz for the price of the Onix. If you have it in your head that your next car should be premium, here are five leftovers from the rich that are easy to maintain.

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1. Volvo C30 2.0

Volvo is a luxury brand that achieves good sales thanks to a strong pricing policy, but the wear and tear of its cars is high. The XC60 SUV is a trap for unwary consumers, as it is possible to find a used top of the line for less than R $ 60,000. But there are maintenance…

For those who want a Volvo car, there is an option that is easier to maintain: the C30. This model is a two-door hatchback with sporty styling, based on the second-generation Ford Focus platform.

The model we recommend is the 2.0, which uses the same Duratec engine as the Focus and EcoSport. Transmission can be manual or indirect. Inside and safely, it brings Volvo’s level of quality, hiding its kinship with the Focus. The price of these other rich ones is between R$ 35,000 to 45,000.

2. Audi A3 Sportback 1.6

The Audi A3 has always been known for its sporty versions: first with the national 1.8 turbo, then with the imported 2.0 TFSI and for those with more power there are the S3 and the RS3. The lesser-remembered variant of the A3 that came to Basil was the second-generation 1.6-litre – which uses the same EA111 engine as the Volkswagen Gol and other models of the German brand.

That’s right, you can ride in an Audi and have the same easy access to parts that a Fox owner has. The 1.6 engine is unchanged and produces 102 hp. The price starts at R$ 39,000, but the equipment package is well packed. This engine was only produced between 2007 and 2010.

3. Lexus CT200h

Now let’s go to the newest resort of the rich. The Lexus CT200h was one of the cars that Toyota’s luxury division brought when it returned to Brazil and served as an entry model. This hatch is taken from the Prius, bringing a hybrid power of 136 hp.

Because Toyota still uses durable nickel-metal hydride batteries, there’s no need to worry about replacing them like there is with the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s lithium-ion batteries. Not to mention that the 1.8 combustion engine is the same one used by national Corolla hybrid.

The Lexus CT200h doesn’t have the Prius’s best design, which is easy on the eyes. Fuel consumption is slightly higher than the brother made by Toyota, due to the large tires and aerodynamics. The level of finish of Lexus cars is always impeccable, they come with quality materials and a high quality sound system.

This additional economic value starts at R$ 70,000 in 2013 units and can exceed R$ 100 in newer models. One advantage of the Lexus CT200h over the Prius is being able to find smaller units, as the Toyota hybrid was widely used as a taxi and utility vehicle.

4. Peugeot 508

Peugeot produced in Argentina the 408 mid-size sedan and above it was the 508 large mid-size, imported from France. It arrived with the intention of competing with the Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat, but to no avail. Although it sold less, it remains a solid choice for anyone looking for a well-equipped car. Under its hood is a 1.6 THP engine, the same one still used in the Peugeot 2008.

The surprising fact about the 508 is that it is faster than the 408 THP, due to its lower weight. The flagship sedan can be had from BRL 49,000 and has luxuries such as automatic high beams, head-up display, 4-zone climate control, navigation lights and site buttons.

5. Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0

This is a rich resort for those who enjoy adventures. The first and second generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is already at the bottom of the depreciation slope. Many are interested in the V8 versions, but the most pocket-friendly engine is the entry-level: 4.0 in-line six.

This engine is praised by Jeep fans for its durability. In addition, the Grand Cherokee 4.0 does not use a permanent all-wheel drive with electronic control, but a traditional 4 × 4. The supply of parts for this engine is plentiful in the United States, and many shops already have order lines.

Since there’s a whole mystique around V8 engines, the Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 is usually less appreciated than its eight-cylinder siblings. For up to R$ 35,000 there are many options on the used market.

Be careful when buying one of these rich artifacts!

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A used insert can still hide surprises (Image: Shutterstock)

We present in the list the arguments that make these cars a safer purchase than the others ordered. But it is important to remember that all of them can still carry risks.

The main thing may be to get trim or body parts. A minor traffic accident with a cracked headlight and a broken bumper can result in a parts search with a higher cost than the average national car.

Suspension parts can also be more difficult to find or even have smaller dimensions to withstand Brazilian realities. Finally, there are insurance costs, which are more expensive for some wealthy people. Do your research before venturing into used imports.

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