I'm a little shocked by all the negative reviews here. I too bought a car at BBA that might have had serious problems - a noisy valve lifter and at some point engine oil had leaked into the coolant - but I knew that a little tlc, oil conditioner and long drives would likely put it in the clear, and it did.
The car I bought, a 2006 Toyota Solara convertible, has worked out perfectly. Just after I bought it I took the time to chat at length with a knowledgeable mechanic outside a Wawa. Our discussion descended into an argument about Sun Tsu and the art of war, and I forgot to thank him for his advice on the car. Thank you. I didn't do a pressure test but did a timely oil change 3000 miles later with a quart of Lucas, and this worked like magic, especially after some distance driving. I was planning to do this anyway and talking to a mechanic helped to reassure my instincts.
I'm very thankful I didn't buy a Jeep or an old Ford, or anything high-maintenance.
Six months on and my total repair bills are less that $50 - two headlights and a fuse. I think people should consider buying the least expensive cars, take note of how they've been cared for, why they've been marked down and what can be done about it.
People who are not so familiar with cars should take a mechanic with them
when buying used cars. I would not expect these salesmen to know the quality or condition of their huge inventory. Nevertheless, I would recommend Phillip.