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.
2008 Ford Focus
2008 Ford Focus

The 2008 Ford Focus comes with a four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles. These have a contemporary appearance, good safety features, ride comfort, great fuel efficiency, and even adopts the Sync system.

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2005 Scion tC
2005 Scion tC

A Scion tC is the perfect car for someone who is into customizing their wheels. These cars come in under the $5,000 budget and are owned by the Toyota brand - so you can expect quality and reliability. These models typically come with an enhanced sound system and sunroof.

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2007 Ford Escape
2007 Ford Escape

The 2007 Ford Escape was a pretty big seller when it first came out so there are many out there on used car lots ready to be picked up again. Due to so many of these being made there is a widespread of parts to make repairs a bit cheaper versus a more international brand. It comes with adequate spacing and cargo areas.

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2010 Fiat 500
2010 Fiat 500

This is probably one of the more modern and "up to date" cars that you can buy with less than $5,000. These are typically your "city car" since they are smaller making parking and city navigation much easier. It gets great fuel economy but it very compact with spacing and interior space.

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2006 Toyota Camry
2006 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the best selling cars throughout it's entire life span. It is a customer favorite with four doors, great trunk space, and the best part - reliability. These cars come with good safety and reliability ratings and are perfect for a nice used car on a budget.

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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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