Best Cheap Used Cars in BC – Toyota Corolla

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When it comes to buying a cheap used car in British Columbia, it can be hard to know what is a good buy versus a bad buy. Not only that, but Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island are all very expensive areas to live in, so making any major purchase needs careful consideration. When it comes to buying a used car, this is especially true.

That’s why as professional car buyers with over 30 years experience in the industry, we at Cash For Cars BC highly recommend buying a Toyota Corolla if you are considering buying a used (or new to you) car.

Toyota Corollas happen to be one of the hottest selling cars on the automotive market today because they offer so much bang for your buck, while offering a user friendly experience for drivers of all ages, driving capabilities, and purposes.

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One of the reasons that the Toyota Corolla does so well in its sales year after year is its ability to run forever. Anyone who has ever owned a Toyota vehicle knows that these cars will run 2-3 times longer than any other vehicle on the market.

However, because of their extreme popularity, it can often times be hard to find one that is used and for sale for a reasonable price.

One of the great things about Toyota vehicles, including the Corolla, is their ability to retain their initial value.

When you have an excellent resale value on your car, it can be hard to let it go for a lower price.

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Although most Corollas hold onto their value, this doesn’t mean that everyone is looking to get top dollar for their used car. Some are selling it because they no longer need it, and others are trying to trade-up to something newer. So, if you find one for the right price, you’ll be in car heaven for a long time.

Why is the Toyota Corolla So Popular?

Known as one of the best-selling vehicles of all time, the Toyota Corolla is widely popular not just in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island, but all across British Columbia and Canada as well.

These vehicles are made to take a beating. There are several factors that make them one of the best cheap used cars in BC. They are as follows:

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  • Excellent durability
  • Low maintenance costs and requirements
  • Affordable parts for things that do require replacing
  • Offers a comfortable, easy ride
  • Easy to drive for even the most beginner drivers
  • Has an excellent safety rating
  • It’s simple and affordable

Aside from all of the reasons listed above, the Toyota Corolla also comes with an optional warranty that is one of the best in its class, despite the fact it doesn’t really need it. This is why we at Cash For Cars BC love buying used Toyota Corollas.

Plus, we always offer the MOST cash for them too. We have a huge demand for these vehicles and can always offer you more cash for cars, especially Toyotas, than any other professional used car buyers in the Lower Mainland.

What is the Most Popular Car in the World?

Previously the most popular car in the world was the Honda Civic. However, it is now without a doubt the Toyota Corolla.

In fact, Toyota sold over 1 million Corollas in 2022, making it their best year of Corolla sales yet. If you take a moment to notice what people are driving around Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island, you’ll be surprised at how many Corollas you see out there.

If priced right, they are in massive demand in British Columbia. Particularly in the Lower Mainland where gas prices are always escalating, and city streets are congested and not built for the volume of traffic we now have.


Navigating Downtown Vancouver in a mid-sized sedan is much more practical than any other vehicle. Also, when you are trying to hop on a ferry to spend the weekend in Victoria, your cost to get there and back is less because cars pay a reduced port tax compared to bigger vehicles like trucks.

What Is the Toyota Corolla’s Most Common Problems?

Much like any vehicle, the Toyota Corolla is remarkably reliable, but like most of use (and every other vehicle on the market) not perfect. Although consumer reports of Corolla issues are few and far between, they do happen.

The Most Common Problems Are:

1.Excessive Oil Consumption

As vehicles age, it’s not uncommon for them to start burning oil. It’s also not uncommon for it to start leaking oil, or using more oil due to an aging engine that has increased friction from general wear and tear over time. This just so happens to be the case with the Toyota Corolla.

Toyota vehicles typically have very few issues, and the ones they do have aren’t usually serious. Although burning or leaking oil is more of an inconvenience than anything, if left unchecked or not maintained, you run the risk of having no oil in your engine, which can cause your engine to seize.

This happens very, very rarely with the Corolla, but if you own an older model of the Toyota Corolla, it’s a good idea to periodically check your oil in between your regular oil changes.

2.Slow or Hard Starts

With a vehicle that predominantly never stops running, it may come as a shock to you that one of the most common Toyota Corolla issues reported by consumers are hard or slow starts.

People have reported finding it difficult to get the vehicle to turn over immediately, especially during colder temperatures, which is the case with many vehicles. Although it is a commonly reported problem, this doesn’t typically start to occur until around the 125,000km mark.

Considering the fact that a Corolla can last upwards of 400,000 kms, it’s a reasonable trade off to wait an extra second or two for the vehicle to start up after turning the key.

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The Toyota Corolla’s longevity is one of the things we love so much about buying these cars. It’s also a big reason why we are able to offer the MOST cash for cars that have a longer lifespan like the Toyota Corolla.

If you’ve been thinking about trading in your Toyota Corolla (or any other Toyota vehicle), DON’T! Sell it to Cash For Cars BC instead. We can almost always offer you more cash for your car than any of the local dealerships. NOBODY Pays More!

3.Check Engine Light Due to a Loose Gas Cap

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Whenever you see the check engine light come on your vehicle, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out by a local mechanic promptly, like our friends at Fairview Automotive.

Fortunately, for most Corolla owners, when the check engine light comes on, it is signaling that your gas cap is either not tightened securely, or that it has a seal issue directly relating to the gas cap.

If your check engine light has illuminated, however, get your vehicle in for a quick diagnosis to ensure nothing major is going on. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to issues will not only prolong the life of your vehicle, it will help it retain more of its value.

4. Faulty MAF Sensor

Your mass air flow sensor, or MAF sensor for short, is a vital component in your engine that helps regulate how much air is being passed through your engine. Without a proper recording of how much air is going through your engine, your vehicle’s performance will be impacted.

Some Corolla owners have reported that they vehicle was slower to accelerate, felt sluggish overall, and had worsening fuel-economy that was directly related to a fault MAF sensor.

Fortunately, the part is relatively inexpensive, ranging between $200-$400, and was covered under most optional warranties when the owner purchased it.

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As you can see from the reported most common problems on the Toyota Corolla, the list isn’t very big, and the issues are pretty benign as far as need repairs go. This is one of the leading factors in why the Toyota Corolla has become the hottest selling car in British Columbia, particularly in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.

Whether you need a great commuter car that is good on gas, or you want a vehicle that can tackle a snow-covered mountain like Grouse during ski season, the Toyota Corolla is an incredibly versatile vehicle that does it all.

We are always looking for great Toyota vehicles of every model, regardless of their age or condition. Even if you have a Toyota that no longer runs, you should give our team of car buyers a call. We also offer top dollar for scrap Toyota Corollas and other vehicles too. NOBODY Pays More!

What Toyota Vehicles Do We Buy at Cash For Cars BC?

While the Corolla is the most popular model that Toyota makes, they have a stellar line-up of great vehicles including SUVs, crossovers, vans, trucks, and hybrids.

Additionally, the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma have been two of the top-ranking trucks in Canada for the past several years for many of the same reasons as the Corolla is number one.

This is why we offer the MOST cash for Toyota vehicles of every model and type, not just the Corollas. We are always looking to buy any of the following:

Toyota Cars (including hybrid models)

  • Avalon
  • Camry
  • Corolla
  • Corolla Hatchback
  • GR86
  • Prius
  • Supra
  • Yaris

Toyota SUVs & Crossovers (including hybrid models)

  • C-HR
  • Corolla cross
  • Crown Sport
  • Crown Signia
  • Grand Highlander
  • Highlander
  • Landcruiser
  • Landcruiser 300
  • Rav 4
  • Sequoia
  • Venza

Toyota Vans & Minivans

  • Sienna
  • Stellantis

Toyota Trucks

  • Tacoma
  • Tundra
  • 4Runner

If you are considering selling your Toyota vehicle, consider Cash For Cars BC. We offer the MOST cash for cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles in the Lower Mainland. It’s no wonder why we have been the #1 car buyer in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island since 2005!

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No matter what you’re selling, or why you are selling it, you’ve got a serious buyer with Cash For Cars BC. As a well-established professional used car buyer, we have a high demand for every make and model of vehicle, regardless of age or condition.

We buy vehicles from $100-$100,000+, from junk cars to supercars, we buy them all! We also purchase vehicles that are still under financing, within a lease, or even cars with major collision damage.

From start to finish, we can complete the process of selling your car in as little as 20 minutes. We handle all the paperwork, we come to you, and NOBODY Pays More!

What Determines the Price of My Vehicle?

Every vehicle’s make and model year is different. Also, every vehicle also comes with its own unique history, including kilometers driven, accident history, condition, and maintenance schedules.

Cars that have been in a recent accident or are currently damaged will affect the price that we offer. However, we are happy to repair any major damage. Although, this will reduce the amount of your vehicle’s worth.

Mechanical problems also reduce the value of a vehicle, but we are always ready to make a deal even on vehicles in need of repairs. Our used car buyers will always explain everything that goes into determining the price for your vehicle to provide you with a cash offer.

If your car or truck is still under financing or lease, we will happily consider purchasing it as well. Talk to our used car buying team and find out how much cash you can get for your car, truck, SUV, van, or motorcycle.

Call Cash For Cars BC to Sell Your Car Today!

If you’d like to be on your way to getting the MOST cash for your car, truck, SUV, van , or motorcycle in the Lower Mainland, contact Cash For Cars BC today. We make the process of selling a car so quick and easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t use our car buying services sooner.

We operate 7 days a week, from 8:00 AM-10:00 PM. and even provide our car buying services on most statutory holidays. Also, our car buyers are happy to come to your home, school, or work to see your vehicle. Once we see your car in person, we will make you an instant cash offer right on the spot.

If you accept our offer, we’ll handle the paperwork, hand you over your cash payment, then leave with your vehicle. It’s that easy! Call us today and allow us an opportunity to make you a customer for life. You’ll be glad you did!

By Published On: March 25th, 2024Categories: BlogTags: , ,

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