One of the primary reasons people decide to buy a used vehicle is their (relatively) low price. One of the primary reasons people get disappointed afterward is finding out that they need to sink exorbitant amounts of money into maintenance and repairs.

While that old adage “you get what you paid for” does ring true, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the rule. The truth is that, in Baton Rouge, you can find used vehicles for sale that are reliable, enduring, and do not demand excessive maintenance.

However, to find one of these hidden gems, you need to know what you’re looking for. Fortunately, this definitive list has everything you need to make an informed decision, so let’s explore together!

What is a low-maintenance vehicle

What is a low-maintenance vehicle?

Before we dive any deeper, let us first define which criteria a vehicle should fulfill in order to be considered “low-maintenance”:

  • Occurrence of mechanical failures: Low
  • Frequency of repairs: Low
  • Servicing costs: Low
  • Parts availability: High
  • Parts cost: Low
  • DIY maintenance ease: High

In other words, a “low-maintenance vehicle” is one that requires minimal upkeep and repair work, despite the fact that it’s been previously owned.

What used car has the least amount of problems?

Now that we know the criteria, it is time to put that knowledge to good use. Since the first two are interchangeable, we’ll start our classification from there.

Vehicles with the lowest number of mechanical failures/frequency of repairs

These rides boast the reputation for high reliability and are often times called “indestructible”. Rightfully so, we might add, considering that they barely ever break down:

Vehicle TypeModelApproximate % Chance of Needing Major Repairs *
Compact SUVs2017 Honda CR-V
2014-2015 Honda
CR-V2018 Nissan Rogue
21%
21%
14%-16%
Midsize SUVs2017 Subaru Outback
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
11%
13%
Compact Cars2017 Honda Civic
2016 Honda Civic
2017 Mazda 3
10%
8%
12%
Midsize Sedans2017 Honda Accord
2018 Toyota Camry
2017 Subaru Legacy
9%
10%
13%
Luxury Sedans2015 Acura LC18%-20%
Midsize SUVs/Crossovers2016 Subaru Forester
2015 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX
2017 GMC Acadia
15%
15-18%
15-18%
12-15%
Midsize Trucks2016-2018 Toyota Tacoma
2017 Ford F-150
12%
14%
Minivans2017 Honda Odyssey
2017 Toyota Sienna
2016 Toyota Sienna
18%
12%
10%
Full-size SUV2017 Ford Explorer16%
Compact Pickup Truck2017 Honda Ridgeline15%

* Percentages are based on CarEdge data

Vehicles with the lowest average repair costs

When it comes to the repair costs, it is important to remember that the values given here are average over the period of 10 years. You can expect the to be lower in the first year and gradually increase as the vehicle reaches the 10-year mark.

TypeModelAverage Annual Repair Cost
Sedans20XX Mitsubishi Mirage
2017 Lexus ES 350
2017 Honda Civic
2017 Honda Accord
20XX Mitsubishi Mirage G4
20XX Toyota Prius
20XX Toyota Prius Prime
20XX Nissan Versa
20XX Mazda 3
20XX Nissan Sentra
20XX Toyota Corolla
20XX Nissan Altima
2017 Kia Soul
2011 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Forte
2015 Kia Forte
2017 Subaru Legacy
2016 Toyota Camry
$93.30
$98.90
$97.70
$99.40
$99.10
$96.90
$97.40
$101.10
$101.30
$102.20
$100.30
$103.40
$82
$129
$107
$128
$86
$134
SUVs2017 Subaru Outback
2017 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Hyundai Tucson
20XX Toyota RAV4
20XX Toyota C-HR 
2017 Dodge Durango
2017 Chevrolet Traverse
2016 GMC Arcadia
$59
$79
$97
$102.10
$110.10
$126
$132
$140
Trucks20XX Ford F-150
2017 Nissan Frontier
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
$97.70
$196
$187
$194
Minivans2016 Honda Odyssey
2018 Chrysler Town & Country
2009 Toyota Sienna (2009)
$178
$266
$355

Easiest to DIY repair used vehicles

Now, these cars are the dream of every aspiring auto-mechanics enthusiast! Not only are they affordable, but parts are cheap and easily accessible, and their straightforward, low-tech build makes them DIY-friendly:

Vehicle TypeModel
Compact Cars2010-2015 Honda Civic
2009-2013 Toyota Corolla
2017 Mazda 3
Compact SUVs2007-2011 Honda CR-V
2006-2012 Toyota RAV4
2016 Subaru Forester
Midsize Sedans2008-2012 Honda Accord
2007-2011 Toyota Camry
2018 Hyundai Elantra
Midsize SUVs/Crossovers2009-2013 Subaru Forester
2008-2013 Toyota Highlander
Trucks2009-2014 Ford F-150
2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Sedan/Hybrid2018 Toyota Prius
What used car has the least amount of problems

Where in Baton Rouge can I find low-maintenance used vehicles for sale?

There’s no better place in the Greater Batton Rouge area to find high-reliability low-maintenance used rides than at B.Y.O.T. At our dealership, you can find cars of all makes and models, as certain to serve you well for years to come as was the latest solar eclipse.

We’re also one of the best-stocked junkyards in Baton Rouge, so if you’re looking to repair or upgrade your old ride, chances are we’ll have the part you need. Reach out to us today and let us wow you with our selection of pre-owned cars and the best prices in the region!