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Best Used Cars Under $5,000


There’s a familiar old saying—you get what you pay for.

Well, we’re not so sure that’s actually true. At least not always.

Take cars as an example. You might be surprised to know that you can purchase a perfectly good used vehicle for under $5,000. Yes, it’s probably going to have a lot of miles on it. And yes it is possible that it might turn out to be a lemon. But there are some truly good used cars available for under $5,000, ones that have plenty of life left in them.

Looking for Used Cars Under $5,000

To illustrate this point, we’ve spent some time researching low-priced vehicles on various websites and at local Orange County dealerships—and in this post, we want to give you just a sample of what we have found.

Here are some examples:

– A 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ, with a sticker price of just $2,000. Yes, the vehicle has just shy of 200,000 miles on it, but this is a vehicle that remains popular, and parts for it are incredibly easy to find. It may take a little fine-tuning, but there is no reason this car couldn’t run for years to come.
– A Subaru Outback from 2000, for $2,000 but with only 140,000 miles on it. This is just the point at which some Outbacks start to have issues, but the one in question looked well taken care of. With the right maintenance, it could be a winner.
– A Nissan Xtera from 2001, available for $2,900. This car isn’t even in production anymore, so parts will be harder to come by, but for collectors this is a steal, and the vehicle actually looks to be in really great shape.
– A 2001 Audi A4, also for $2,900. The car we saw still looks great, and the Audi stylings are timeless. Again, some maintenance will be required, but it could be well worth it for this great ride.
– A 2002 Land Rover Discovery for $3,800. The vehicle we saw will need servicing for its electronics, but for this price, a great all-terrain vehicle like this can offer a ton of bang for your buck.

And that’s just for starters. The point is, you can find cars for under $5,000, and some of them might offer a favorable cost-to-benefit ration—especially if you’re willing to put just a little bit of work into them.

Buying a Used Car for Under $5,000

To be clear, not all cheap used cars are going to be good buys, and we certainly recommend thorough inspection and research. But good values are definitely out there, and you are most likely to find one when you visit a reputable local used car dealership.

We’re here to connect you with one, and would love to help you find your next used car. To learn more, we encourage you to reach out to us at Get My Auto at your next convenience.