Car Brands Mechanics Avoid Buying For Themselves

We all want a car we can rely on and one that won’t have us at the mechanic regularly. So, what models do auto professionals avoid buying, and which ones do they own? The last thing mechanics want to do in their spare time is repair their own vehicle. So, it makes sense that the cars they buy for themselves are the ones that require the least amount of maintenance. Here are the cars professional mechanics recommend avoiding and the ones they, themselves, buy.

Cadillac — In the most recent list of the most reliable cars by Consumer Reports, Cadillac was dead last, and it consistently ranks in the bottom two or three, year after year. Massive chronic problems coupled with various suspension issues, limited and expensive spare parts, and the turning circle of a boat, they’re the cars that look pretty in the driveway and that’s about it.

Chevrolet Camaro — Things have gotten so bad for the Camaro that GM will be pulling the plug on the vehicle by 2022. In fact, it loses nearly 45% of its value in the first two years. Faulty steering column wiring, early coolant leaks, engine blowing off, and other servere issues have been reported.

Fiat 500 — While the Fiat 500 is “cute,” people don’t buy cars because they’re cute. They typically buy cars that will get them from Point A to Point B without costing them an arm and a leg. The current generation of Fiat 500 are built either in Mexico or Poland, which translates to low quality parts that go into building the cars. Between cheap alloys that break down easily, engine and transmissions blowing up, and the faulty electronic power steering wiring leading to short circuits, the Fiat 500 is another car that looks good in the driveway, but doesn’t perform well on the road.

So, which cars DO auto professionals buy?

Honda Civic and Honda Accord — These cars are hated most by auto mechanics who only make money when cars need repairs. There’s just not enough money to be made servicing these trusty Hondas. In fact, they’re rated as two of the most dependable cars on the road today. They rarely break down, and when they do, they’re easy to diagnose and the original Honda parts are both affordable and easy to find.

Subaru — Subarus are an auto mechanics dream to own because performing inspections of fluids and other serviceable parts is an easier process than on other cars. That's because Subaru cleverly highlights inspection points under the hood in bright yellow for easy identification and many of its horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engines have an easily-accessible oil filter.

Jeep Wrangler — Mechanics and auto professionals love that the Jeep Wrangler is one of the easiest cars to maintain and repair. There’s a massive ecosystem of parts suppliers behind the Jeep, and there are hundreds of other companies that make components to maintain, upgrade, and repair the Wrangler. You can even order several types of doors and install them in minutes. The Jeep Wrangler is one of the simplest and low-stress cars you can own.