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Most Reliable Second-Hand Cars You Can Buy

When it comes to buying a first car, an upgraded car or a reliable family car, the most cost-effective choice is a second-hand car.

But unlike when you or your parents might have got a first car – where the aircon didn’t work, the manual window winder was a bit dodgy, and the keys probably got locked in the car more than once – you can easily find safe, reliable used cars for under $10000 today.

So let’s dive into some of the most reliable second-hand cars on the market.


There’s a good reason that there are so many Mazda2s on the road – they’re a great-looking, reliable small car that thrives in the city and suburbs.

The Mazda2 has been around since 2002, with various updated models released to meet modern driver's wants and needs.

Coming in both a five-door hatchback and four-door sedan style, this car is known for its fuel economy, comfort, and surprising roominess. All in all, the Mazda2 is a well-built small car with great performance that is still roomy enough for a taller driver or passengers to sit comfortably in.

Toyota Yaris

Another small car that is big on reliability is the Toyota Yaris, which has been around since 2005.

This model is known for its hard-wearing interior, impressive fuel efficiency, and highly affordable price, the Yaris is one of those cars that you’ll spot regularly on your city and suburban drives.

For anyone shopping around for a trusty used car under $10000, you can rest assured that the Toyota Yaris is a car that effortlessly combines reliability and durability.


The safe, stylish, and sophisticated Mazda3 has been one of Australia’s long-term top-selling cars for more than 15 years, so it’s no surprise it’s one of our top-selling used cars at Tony Lahood Motors.

The Mazda3 is as reliable as you can get in a small used car, delivering considerable bang for your buck as an easy-to-drive car with great fuel economy and a five-star ANCAP safety rating on models from 2009 – present.

This beauty is great to park, easy to drive and still offers enough interior space for passengers, shopping, and all the necessities.

Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage has technically been around since the mid-1990s, but it wasn’t until 2002 that the current four-door & five-door hatch design became the norm.

With a very affordable price tag and compact size, the Mirage has a great user-friendly design that is ideal for younger drivers wanting a reliable car to get around town.

This particular model is a micro car, with a kerb weight under 900kg!

Get Great and Reliable Cars at Tony Lahood Motors

Stop searching for ‘car dealerships near me’ and head straight to a Tony Lahood Motors car yard instead.

With two yards in Sydney, located in Lidcombe and Croydon, we’re proud to provide a range of great quality used cars for under $10000.

Contact our team at Tony Lahood Motors today to experience exceptional service and care on your search for a second-hand car.