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

 
2003 Pontiac Bonneville
2003 Pontiac Bonneville
Price:
$4,995

Miles:
146,128
Standish, MI
Offered by:
Richardson Ford Inc.
Location:
Standish
,
MI
48658
2002 Chevrolet Blazer
2002 Chevrolet Blazer
Price:
$4,500

Miles:
131,925
Waterford, MI
Offered by:
Szott M-59 Toyota
Location:
Waterford
,
MI
48328
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
Price:
$4,688

Miles:
144,553
Sheffield Village, OH
Offered by:
Spitzer Mitsubishi
Location:
Sheffield Village
,
OH
44054
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
Price:
$3,500

Miles:
142,572
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
Suburban Cadillac of Lansing
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
Price:
$2,995

Miles:
136,244
Lincoln Park, MI
Offered by:
Class Autos Inc.
Location:
Lincoln Park
,
MI
48146
1998 Buick LeSabre
1998 Buick LeSabre
Price:
$2,950

Miles:
141,679
Fraser, MI
Offered by:
Motor City Auto Auction
Location:
Fraser
,
MI
48026
2001 Saturn SC
2001 Saturn SC
Price:
$3,900

Miles:
119,570
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
University Motor Mall
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
2002 GMC Safari
2002 GMC Safari
Price:
$2,500

Miles:
161,894
Grand Blanc Charter Township, MI
Offered by:
Al Serra Auto Plaza
Location:
Grand Blanc Charter Township
,
MI
48439
2001 Honda Civic
2001 Honda Civic
Price:
$4,999

Miles:
127,877
Southfield, MI
Offered by:
Glassman Hyundai Subaru KIA
Location:
Southfield
,
MI
48034
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Price:
$2,999

Miles:
123,593
Southfield, MI
Offered by:
Glassman Hyundai Subaru KIA
Location:
Southfield
,
MI
48034
2004 Chevrolet Impala
2004 Chevrolet Impala
Price:
$3,000

Miles:
183,090
West Branch, MI
Offered by:
Team Hodges Inc
Location:
West Branch
,
MI
48661
2003 Pontiac Vibe
2003 Pontiac Vibe
Price:
$4,680

Miles:
167,581
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
Shaheen Chevrolet
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
 
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