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    Who better to ask about used cars than a mechanic? Mechanics see beat-up cars every day and know which models come in more or less often than others. Check out which cars spend less time in a mechanic's shop and more time sitting in their own driveways at home.

    Buick Park Avenue

    There's a reason you see this car rolling around town year after year. The Park Avenue houses a robust 3.8 litre V-6 engine and is built to last. Over time, Park Avenues evolved with a more rigid platform and tighter steering, making for an even more comfortable ride. There are regular models available running at 205 horsepower and Ultra ones cruising along at 240 horsepower.

    Chevrolet Corvette

    This slick looking sports car boasts a V8 engine and has a durable build. The 2008 model made a big mechanical leap to a 430 horsepower 6.2 litre engine and added six speed transmissions. All models are desirable for their relatively good price and fuel economy compared to the power under the bonnet. The Corvette is a top pick of mechanics and car enthusiasts across the board.

    Pontiac Vibe

    Now a discontinued continuation of the equally solid Chevrolet Prizm, this station wagon provides any buyer with a long life years after purchase. For a compact car, the Vibe has a strong balance of power, fuel economy and durability. The upgraded GT option is just as reliable as the basic model.

    Jeep Cherokee

    The Cherokee includes a high output 190 horsepower engine that highlights the model's dedication to longevity. The Cherokee flourishes when going off road. The newest models have three four-wheel options, allowing for access to the most remote of areas. Yet they still perform admirably back on the road with decent acceleration and an interior redesigned for comfort in the 1997 line.

    Infiniti M35

    Long term durability and a price lower than the comparable Mercedes and Lexus brands make the M35 an excellent choice for anyone in the market for used cars. This luxury sedan boasts a V6 engine and 280 or 303 horsepower depending on the model. The interior is spacious and the original model in 2006 contained state of the art safety features such as brake assist, stability control and eventually a lane-change warning signal. The M35 keeps drivers safe and worry free.

    Mazda Tribute

    In the world of SUVs, the Tribute is one of the best at staying out of the shop. Mechanics rave about the life span of this car, especially when the owner keeps up with basic maintenance tasks. The Tribute ran from 2001 to 2011, and every model contains surprisingly powerful V6 engines. It is one of the best crossover SUVs around with a roomy interior and plenty of cargo space.

    Nissan Versa

    One of the smaller cars on the market, the Versa appeals to mechanics with its great fuel economy and low estimated early maintenance costs. Since the 2012 model, the Versa boasts some of the best compact fuel economy around. With a current 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine using 109 horsepower, the Versa gets the job done driving around town. Praise also comes to all of the models for the surprisingly robust room inside the cabin.

    Kia Sedona

    This minivan is a dependable family vehicle. The most recent line as of 2015, which started in 2014, has cut down weight and is now faster and more fuel-efficient. The newer models also house 4 cubic metres of storage space and a fold down third row of seats. Sedonas boast some of the best crash test scores around, ensuring a safe ride for anyone in the car. The Sedona lasts for years and requires minimal maintenance throughout the first years of its life.

    Hyundai Veracruz

    The Veracruz is one of the best SUVs for thrifty buyers. Its roomy seven seats and dependability make it a favourite amongst mechanics and others. The car ran from 2007 to 2012 and all models contain a 3.8 litre 260 horsepower V6 engine. This SUV scores highly on crash test scores and receives praise for its quiet interior. Bonus features such as dual-zone climate control and a power passenger seat add to the value of the Veracruz.

    Honda Element

    The Element is one of the most reliable cars around. Replacement parts are easy to come by, affordable and rarely necessary. It has over 2 cubic metres of storage space, which is excellent for a compact crossover SUV. The models made from 2007 on contain more safety features than the previous ones. However, all models deserve credit for impressive handling and Honda's legendary durability.

    Mechanics know cars better than most. The used cars favoured by mechanics are the most dependable and financially sound ones out there. Trust the folks who spend the most time under the bonnet with your next vehicle purchase.

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