With prices soaring this summer, drivers across the Thompson-Nicola region are looking for any way to fight inflation. Whether it’s increased food costs at grocers like Kamloops’ Market Fresh Foods or rising car prices in BC, many drivers are rethinking their options for transportation. Buying a new car is a major financial decision—and a recession may not be the best time to finance an expensive vehicle. Used cars are a great option because they have lower monthly payments and lower insurance rates than new vehicles.
Are you looking for tips on how to fight inflation? Check out Advance Auto Service’s top used car picks:
1. Toyota Camry (all models)
Known universally as one of the best used cars on the market, the Toyota Camry has built a reputation for quality, durability, and longevity. Toyota Camry engines often exceed 400,000 kms, and the other mechanical components of the vehicle are also long-lasting—giving it one of the highest resale values in the used car market. If you can find one, look for a pre-2010 model in good shape. Old models tend to have less computerized or electronic parts, making them less expensive to repair and maintain. Award-winning years for more recent models include 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008 to 2017.
2. 2012 Honda Civic
If you’re looking for a reliable used car with minimal maintenance, the 2012 Honda Civic is your best bet. In 2012, this zippy compact car underwent a complete redesign to improve its safety rating and styling. One of the best features of the 2012 Honda Civic is its fuel economy. Day-to-day driving in Kamloops will give you 7.2L/100km. For longer road trips down through BC’s Southern Interior or other vacation locations, you’ll get 5.0L/100km. As an added bonus, this model is very affordable, with current prices in Kamloops ranging from $15,000 to $26,000, depending on the car’s features and its condition.
3. 2018 Mazda3
For Kamloops drivers looking for a sportier car, the 2018 Mazda3 is just the ticket! With top scores in handling, braking, and power train from Consumer Reports, it’s an ideal choice for summer road trips into Alberta or your daily commute down Columbia Street. The 2018 Mazda3 also has some of the best fuel economy with 8.5L/100km on the highway and 6.2 L/100km in the city.
From the team at Advance Auto Service in Kamloops