Mechanic shares 5 used cars you should buy

A mechanic shares the most reliable car models with potential buyers looking to buy a used car, detailing the pros and cons of each model in a now-viral TikTok.

In a clip posted by Royalty Auto Service (@autoservice) on Jan. 6, Andy, one of the mechanics at the shop, recommends “five used vehicles” that he’s rarely seen problems come in for service.

The video has amassed over 3.1 million views as of January 18, with viewers sharing their experiences of owning some of Andy’s recommended vehicles.

1. Ford F-150, five-litre

For a larger pickup, Andy recommends the Ford F-150. He says he hasn’t seen many major issues with the rest of the vehicle other than the occasional water pump issue.

Andy also suggests skipping the Eco Boost model.

“Yes, as technicians we earn a lot of money with it, but the five-liter was very reliable for us,” he says in the clip.

In the comments, one user said his dad’s F-150 was reliable even after increasing the mileage, writing: “My dad had the 5.0 liter Ford and he’s driven it 250,000 miles and it runs still.”

2. Toyota Tacoma, manual four-cylinder

Andy says there’s a reason these “indestructible” compact trucks are “used in the desert a lot overseas.” Because of this, however, it can be difficult to find this model.

“They have to do some digging, but these are high-quality pickup trucks,” he says.

One lucky user was able to snag one of these coveted trucks and wrote, “I traded in my Chevy for a Tacoma. I will have this truck until it dies or I do.

3. Hondas, Hondas and Hondas!

As the self-proclaimed “Honda Guy,” Andy says that “you can’t find a better, more reliable car” than a Honda Accord or Civic. However, he warns that he has seen some “air conditioning issues” on some of the newer Hondas.

Several commenters supported his opinion on the brand.

“Got my Honda Accord straight from the lot when I was 16, I’m 36 and I still drive it!” said one spectator.

“Owned a 1992 contract (300,000+ miles), a 2001 Prelude (300,000+ miles). Still did Time Attack Racing until I sold it to a younger guy. Honda ftw,” wrote another.

4.Toyota Camry

“You can’t beat Toyota Camry,” says Andy, praising the driving experience. “It’s luxury at a reduced price.” He goes on to say that they’re a good choice because they “hold value” and “last forever.”

“We just had one today that had over 200,000 miles on it and was very well maintained,” he says in the clip. “The car drives better than anything else that was in the workshop today.”

A viewer signed his observation and wrote: “I drive a 20 year old Toyota Camry Solara, manual transmission, 4 cyl. You guys have no idea how slippery it is.”

5. Subaru “General”

Though he anticipates some “hate” for recommending this brand, which he says is notorious for “leaks,” he calls Subaru the “Harley Davidson of the automotive world.”

“They survive everything: They last forever in all weathers,” he says.

One commenter wrote: “I have a 2013 Subaru Legacy and this thing does well in our Canadian winters. That thing is a mini tank lol.”

At the end of the video, Andy points out that these recommendations are more for the Southeast and don’t take into account cars that are more resistant to rust, while buyers from other regions may need to be more cautious.

@Royaltyautoservice I hope this helps you with your car purchase! #usedcar #carsoftiktok #honda #toyota #ford #subaru #buyingacar #usedcardealer #mechaniclife #automotive #auto #newcar #carbuying #newtruck #foryou #fyp #help ♬ Storytelling – Adriel

The Daily Dot emailed Royalty Auto Service.


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*Initial publication: January 19, 2023 8:06 am CST

Rebekah Harding

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