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

 
2008 Dodge Caliber
2008 Dodge Caliber
Price:
$4,998

Miles:
107,751
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
Bill Snethkamp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Price:
$3,500

Miles:
215,729
Midland, MI
Offered by:
Midland Ford Lincoln
Location:
Midland
,
MI
48642
1998 Toyota Camry
1998 Toyota Camry
Price:
$1,950

Miles:
168,337
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
Bill Snethkamp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48911
2005 Ford Taurus
2005 Ford Taurus
Price:
$3,495

Miles:
143,000
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
B.J.'s Auto Sales
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48910
2004 Ford Taurus
2004 Ford Taurus
Price:
$1,800

Miles:
158,692
Norwalk, OH
Offered by:
Smiley Automotive
Location:
Norwalk
,
OH
44857
2006 Chrysler Town & Country
2006 Chrysler Town & Country
Price:
$5,000

Miles:
137,291
Standish, MI
Offered by:
Richardson Chevrolet Buick
Location:
Standish
,
MI
48658
2003 Chevrolet Impala
2003 Chevrolet Impala
Price:
$4,995

Miles:
94,000
Archbold, OH
Offered by:
Christy Motor Sales, Inc.
Location:
Archbold
,
OH
43502
2004 Chevrolet Impala
2004 Chevrolet Impala
Price:
$3,995

Miles:
Toledo, OH
Offered by:
Toledo Auto Credit
Location:
Toledo
,
OH
43607
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Price:
$4,000

Miles:
161,972
Defiance, OH
Offered by:
Estle Chevrolet Cadillac
Location:
Defiance
,
OH
43512
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis
Price:
$3,975

Miles:
105,155
Clare, MI
Offered by:
Clare Auto Sales
Location:
Clare
,
MI
48617
2009 Chevrolet HHR
2009 Chevrolet HHR
Price:
$3,995

Miles:
138,902
Cleveland, OH
Offered by:
Long Brothers Car Co.
Location:
Cleveland
,
OH
44111
2003 Kia Rio
2003 Kia Rio
Price:
$2,995

Miles:
116,208
Plainwell, MI
Offered by:
Midwest Motors
Location:
Plainwell
,
MI
49080
 
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