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Littletown
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Best Vehicle to Buy Used ??

My 21 year old GM Van is near death. I need to buy a used van or SUV, and the MOST important need is for it to be VERY DEPENDABLE. Price is a factor; it needs to be under $ 14,000.

1. What are your suggestions as to make, model, year, etc. ?

2. What is the best way to go about finding what I need ?

3. Any other helpful suggestions or warnings ?

Thank you !!

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Driftwoodblue
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Question

what are your plans for use??
you state van or SUV..
if it is for the family then haul hounds to hunt it will make a serious difference than if it is for just family.

we have had Chevy Equinoxes since 2012 and they have been real dependably and the current one we took on a trip to the PBR World Finals.. gas mileage on that trip AVERAGED 33.4... that was actual mileage from the gas tickets.. the first one was getting near the 28 MPG range--
but the size is not for a large family-- good for 5 people.
Do not know about Vans but it would appear you had good luck with the GM brands

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Littletown
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OK, to answer your questions, I would be the only person in the vehicle, but I raise and show dogs, so I need either the van or SUV to be able to haul crates & dogs.

I am planning on getting a couple of Feists in the future, and would like to get involved with that part of the sport, also.

In the past, my vehicles (all cars) were an assortment of older brands & models that happened to be available from family members. All of these were purchased prior to my having access to the internet, so I was hoping for information to help with the search, because I have no idea where to start, and I have already spent too many hours trying to wade through online information.

ANY information would be much appreciated !!

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Equinox

you might check them out.. the back seats fold down and I have hauled some rather large dogs in a crate to Wisconsin from Kansas and it worked out but you might be limited to the number you could get in one

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Nobody can tell you what to buy. That is very personal and we don't know your situation. But you do seem sincere in needing direction so maybe this will help.

Go to cargurus.com

In the search function select Used.

Search by body style and it sounds to me like you will not be off road and best served by another mini van. Dependable. Good gas mileage. Etc. Select mini van.

Select your radius you want to search. Try 100 miles.

Select year of vehicle to search. For your budget I would search between years 2012 and 2016. Should give you many options near your max budget.

Look through the list and see what YOU like best. If you want an opinion on the make / model you choose, there are probably some on here that can offer insight.

That's what I would do.

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Ford Edge AWD w/3.5 V6 23-26 mpg average

Eco boost is kinda over rated and its smaller motor than what Ford puts in their trucks.

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Thank you all for your suggestions & comments. Yes, I am sincere about getting something, and soon.

The suggestion to go to cargurus.com is great, as I had not heard of that one before.

I will definitely check out the Edge and Equinox - thanks !

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