Re: Advice on buying a used car
Really interesting perusing the NHTSA recall and defects database.
Granted Ford and GM have been selling a lot more cars for a lot more years than Honda and Toyota.
But...there are tens of thousands of historical recalls and noted defects for GM and Ford.
Couple of hundred for Toyota and Honda. And most of Hondas are for motorcycles and helmets.
Pretty even for my ridiculously small sample size of one ford, one toyota and one honda. Ford went into the shop non-stop, toyota is 8 years old and hasnt been in except for maintenance. Neither has the one year old honda.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.