Hi, I have been searching for cars for roughly a month now and would appreciate some help.
I am looking at these following models for roughly under $5000. Maintenance cost, longevity, repairs and resale matters more to me than fuel economy. So am inherently preferring a one of the medium sized cars. It is commonly known that all of these cars have very good fuel economy.
Honda Civic 2007+ (~150,000KMs)
Mazda 3 2007+ (~130,000KMs)
Honda Jazz 2010+ (KM in low 100,000s)
Mazda 2 2010+ (KMs in the low 100,000s)
Toyota Yaris 2010+ (150,000KMS)
Whilst a simple browse of Carsales, Gumtree or FB marketplace wont give you these prices, I have been looking at cars for the past month and have seen multiple cars go for these prices.
Also looking at Toyota Corolla but the Toyota tax seems a bit unreasonable to deal with at this price range. AFAIK, the Civic features a better interior and a similar level or reliability but added comfort whilst driving.
I have also considered Hyundai Getz but apparently (according to 1-2 people on whirlpool) it is small yet still takes as much fuel as a Corolla would. It was mentioned that it had something to do with the way the Getz steering wheel is.
Have also considered something non-Japanese/Korean and have been told Ford Focus is a great car, but I am skeptical as to whether it would be a good purchase.
Thanks in advance for any help.