We spend a lot of time in Motor1.com focused on the latest and greatest brands and models. We highlight expensive supercars and daily crossovers. But not everyone is looking to buy a new car. Sometimes all you need is something to get from point A to point B, and a new video from YouTube channel Steve Lang showcases five of the cheapest brands you can buy that should offer affordable – and reliable models -. And they all start with the letter S: Saturn, Saab, Scion, Suzuki and Smart.
Now, not all brands have a stellar range of offerings. There are models that you should be targeting, and others that you should avoid altogether, and much of a car’s future reliability depends on the previous owner’s schedule and maintenance records. One of the first brands explored, Saturn is a victim of the Great Recession, which can offer Toyota reliability levels at half the price if the previous owner continued servicing and made sure the fluids were fresh.
Saab is another cheap brand, but not without flaws. They tend to have engine problems and can easily throw an engine control light, which would make any government emissions test impossible. This is something to think about when looking at a Saab, which a lot of people are not doing right now. Smart and Suzuki are two solid brands, but look for Japanese-made Suzuki models like the Grand Vitara.
The last brand mentioned is Scion, which is often a cheaper way to get into a Toyota; however, they have their own problems depending on the model and the year. Many of the brands listed have models well below the $ 10,000 mark, making them viable alternatives for people looking to save money when buying a car. It’s certainly nice to have the brightest new model in the neighborhood, but not everyone wants to spend that kind of money on impaired assets.