[PARTS AVAILABILITY?] Is there a good resource where I can find what used vehicles have OEM parts availability and support?
The story: I'm probably going to sell my current vehicle (an 09 Venza that I like a lot) because: I want out of debt. I'm going to get some very basic transportation. My commute is 20 miles each way. The car just needs to be relatively reliable and safe-ish for me alone. I'd prefer a 4-cylinder (typically cheaper to fix) manual with >30mpg. But will drive whatever is paid off. I'm trying to budget $1500 for this purchase. So about $1000 for the car and $500 for fixes. I know everyone will say: buy any corolla or camry or any stick-shift honda. Would love to...but all of those in that price range usually have >225000 miles and are in the 1998-2004 range. I'm seeing a lot of cars like the Galant or Focus or Sentra that only have ~135k miles and are in the 2005-2010 range. I don't care if it's a Toyota or a Fiat. At the mileage in my price range: everything about the car will depend on how it was maintained....It will still need to be in the shop. The only thing I'm really worried about is my mechanic telling me that they can't get parts. I'd prefer the cheapest OEM parts.
Back to the question: So how would I go about finding out if Mitsubishi still makes parts for, say, the 2003 Galant V6? Or if Nissan makes parts for the 1999 Sentra? Or if Chevy makes parts for the 1989 Camaro? (I'm guessing my best bet will be something like a 2005 Ford Focus or a 2005 Lincoln Town Car...)