Best Used Cars Under $5000

 
If you are on a budget, and you're looking to buy a used vehicle, you may want to start out by finding the best used cars for under 5000 dollars. This is a good starting point when searching for a pre-owned vehicle. You won't be able to get a late model car or truck for this price, but you can still find a reliable piece of transportation that should last. One of the nice things about buying a vehicle for under $5k is most of the depreciation is gone. This means you could sell the vehicle in a few years, and not lose that much, as long as you maintain it, and keep it in decent shape.

Shown below are our picks for the top 5 vehicles in this price range. The selections are based on a combination of dependability, fuel economy, and value. Prices for the vehicles are based on Kelley Blue Book data.
 
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Ford Focus The 2003 Ford Focus was chosen as one of the top cars for less than $5000 because it has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from the readers of Edmunds.com and is known for getting over 30 mpg on the highway. Although it might not have all of the newest features as the latest version of the Focus, it is reliable and will get you where you need to go for cheap.
2002 Hyundai Elantra
2002 Hyundai Elantra Although in the past Hyundai's were known as a poor man's Toyota, by the start of this century, the quality had improved and these cars are one of the most recommended used cars on the market. Today, Hyundai's are some of the highest rated vehicles for quality, and it all started with this model of the Elantra. You can expect to get a combined 30 miles per gallon with this used car.
2003 Saturn Ion
2003 Saturn Ion Although the Saturn name plate is no longer being manufactured, there are still a large number of consumers that love their Saturns. The '03 Ion was the first year for this model, and reviews are excellent. You should average around 30 mpg with this ride, and the reliability ranks near the top of spectrum for the small car segment.
2003 Subaru Impreza Outback
2003 Subaru Impreza Outback This fun to drive vehicle is also reliable and has above average crash test ratings. The 2.0L engine when mated with the turbo charger will allow you to feel like you're in a race car. Just remember the harder you drive this beast, the worse gas mileage you are going to get. The Impreza has been called a poor man's sports car, and once you drive one, you'll understand why.
1997 Mazda Miata MX-5
1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 Speaking of sports cars, what fun would a list of the best cheap cars be without a true sports car? The Mazda Miata convertible is a sheer joy to drive, and can be found for under $5000 in good condition. Although the gas mileage is not as good as today's four cylinder vehicles, there aren't many inexpensive cars today that can match the styling of the Miata.


Using the search box below, you can search for any of these vehicles in your area, along with other makes and models not listed. Another option is to use the money you have as a partial down payment for a nicer vehicle with less miles on it. Many financed vehicles will come with a warranty, so you won't need to worry about the high cost of repairs that often come with lower priced vehicles. You could also get approved for zero down financing, and you can save your cash for other expenses.
 
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Make Results Zip Code Radius Max. Price
 

Vehicles Less Than $5k

 
2006 Dodge Stratus
2006 Dodge Stratus
Price:
$4,900

Miles:
111,810
Bowling Green, OH
Offered by:
Al Smith Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Location:
Bowling Green
,
OH
43402
2005 Ford Taurus
2005 Ford Taurus
Price:
$3,995

Miles:
125,395
Carleton, MI
Offered by:
Telegraph Auto Sales
Location:
Carleton
,
MI
48117
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
Price:
$4,995

Miles:
128,787
Cleve, OH
Offered by:
Cleveland Auto Mart
Location:
Cleve
,
OH
44111
2004 Saturn L
2004 Saturn L
Price:
$4,900

Miles:
123,003
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
University Motor Mall
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
2000 Chevrolet S-10
2000 Chevrolet S-10
Price:
$3,900

Miles:
90,849
Durand, MI
Offered by:
Graff Chevrolet Durand
Location:
Durand
,
MI
48429
2003 Pontiac Montana
2003 Pontiac Montana
Price:
$3,599

Miles:
117,386
Lake Orion, MI
Offered by:
Skalnek Ford
Location:
Lake Orion
,
MI
48362
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Price:
$3,000

Miles:
169,727
Flint, MI
Offered by:
Patsy Lou Buick GMC
Location:
Flint
,
MI
48532
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Price:
$2,999

Miles:
173,842
Warren, MI
Offered by:
D & D All American Auto Sales
Location:
Warren
,
MI
48089
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Price:
$3,900

Miles:
106,558
Fenton, MI
Offered by:
Vic Canever Chevrolet
Location:
Fenton
,
MI
48430
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Price:
$2,990

Miles:
128,475
Bowling Green, OH
Offered by:
Halleck Auto Sales
Location:
Bowling Green
,
OH
43402
2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 Pontiac Vibe
Price:
$3,695

Miles:
182,000
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
B.J.'s Auto Sales
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48910
2003 Mazda MPV
2003 Mazda MPV
Price:
$3,995

Miles:
97,184
Sterling Heights, MI
Offered by:
Sterling Heights Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Location:
Sterling Heights
,
MI
48313
 
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