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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Vehicles Less Than $5k

 
2004 Dodge Intrepid
2004 Dodge Intrepid
Price:
$4,990

Miles:
78,000
DeWitt Township, MI
Offered by:
Sawyers Chevrolet
Location:
DeWitt Township
,
MI
48820
1999 Mercury Mountaineer
1999 Mercury Mountaineer
Price:
$4,000

Miles:
111,420
Genoa, OH
Offered by:
Baumann Auto Group Chevrolet Ford
Location:
Genoa
,
OH
43430
2002 Dodge Stratus
2002 Dodge Stratus
Price:
$1,995

Miles:
186,651
Washington, MI
Offered by:
Serra Buick GMC Cadillac
Location:
Washington
,
MI
48095
1999 Chevrolet Malibu
1999 Chevrolet Malibu
Price:
$2,500

Miles:
198,780
Pinconning, MI
Offered by:
Schafer Chevrolet
Location:
Pinconning
,
MI
48650
2003 Saturn Ion
2003 Saturn Ion
Price:
$4,900

Miles:
111,541
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
University Motor Mall
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
1999 Saturn SL
1999 Saturn SL
Price:
$3,900

Miles:
164,453
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
University Motor Mall
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
1999 Chevrolet Blazer
1999 Chevrolet Blazer
Price:
$3,495

Miles:
169,996
Pontiac, MI
Offered by:
V.O.A. Auto Sales
Location:
Pontiac
,
MI
48340
2004 Ford Freestar
2004 Ford Freestar
Price:
$3,995

Miles:
147,974
Grand Rapids, MI
Offered by:
K & M Dodge RAM
Location:
Grand Rapids
,
MI
49525
2003 Chevrolet Impala
2003 Chevrolet Impala
Price:
$3,997

Miles:
131,586
Bay City, MI
Offered by:
Labadie Cadillac Buick GMC
Location:
Bay City
,
MI
48706
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Price:
$4,995

Miles:
95,075
Waterford, MI
Offered by:
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet
Location:
Waterford
,
MI
48328
2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Price:
$4,585

Miles:
218,883
Pontiac, MI
Offered by:
V.O.A. Auto Sales
Location:
Pontiac
,
MI
48340
1998 Mercury Grand Marquis
1998 Mercury Grand Marquis
Price:
$1,400

Miles:
136,912
Ann Arbor, MI
Offered by:
Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac of Ann Arbor
Location:
Ann Arbor
,
MI
48103
 
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