Avoid These Used Cars Because They’re Money Pits

Buying a used vehicle might save you money in the short-term but an unreliable choice could cause expensive repairs to outweigh the cost benefit. Consumer Reports has spent years collecting ratings for used cars and sharing which are the most poorly-rated vehicles with over 20,000 miles. If you’re thinking of buying used, even some of the most trusted higher-end brands have had issues with certain model years, which we’ve clearly listed. Even Tesla hasn’t been immune from “don’t buy” ratings. Here are the top used cars that are almost guaranteed to end up being a money pit.

Jeep Grand Cherokee: 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

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Jeep loves to talk about its vehicles’ off-road capabilities but several models should just stay off the roadways in general. The company’s reliability scores plummeted in 2007 and then followed the same pattern from 2011 through 2014 and again in 2016.

While other years are generally considered decent buys, the years listed above were plagued with issues including a power module that has failed for many buyers. If you want a Jeep, avoid the model years listed.