Thinking of buying a second hand car? The car should be in good condition, from the battery to potential oil leaks, and the mileage should be great. Basically, you’re looking for value for money with a roadworthy and affordable model.
It can get overwhelming. With the number of cars to choose from, you want to avoid ‘lemons’. Lucky for you, we went ahead and searched online databases for reliable, cheap choices for second hand cars this 2018.
The most affordable used cars in 2018
Look for models that are durable but also affordable at base price. According to CarHistory, the average cost of buying a used car is around $14000 in 2016. Getting a lower price is the goal of this list.
Here are 15 of the most affordable and value-for-money cars at different price points.
2002 Toyota Camry
The 2002 Toyota Camry is a sensible and solid buy, even if the model has been out for close to two decades. Though it might not look stylish or fashionable, at around $3000, this is already a great first car to buy.
2005 Audi A3 Ambition Auto
With $4000, you can get luxurious interiors and a nice family car. Though the car’s original price tag was hard to justify with the car’s engine power and performance, the second hand car price may be worth it for you.
2005 Mitsubishi Magna ES TW Auto
With a wagon body, the 2005 Mitsubishi Magna ES TW Auto can provide plenty of room and functionality at $4000. The conservative façade and the solid build make this Mitsubishi model a good deal.
2006 Holden Astra
This fifth generation Holden, which comes in either convertible or hatchback, can be found at $5000. Different sellers or dealers can get you the same model for $2000 to $9000. Though the car was reported to provide only an average level of safety protection when it first came out, it remains a popular and affordable choice.
1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Elegance
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Elegance is an impressive and long-lasting model to consider. At $5000, you can get elegance and luxury motoring in this almost vintage sedan.
1999 BMW E46
The 1999 BMW E46 is a stylish car produced as part of the fourth generation of the BMW 3 series. At around $5000, you can get a classic, compact executive car.
2002 Volkswagen Golf
The 2002 Volkswagen Golf is popular among used car buyers because the model performs well and also has good mileage. At around $5000, this car is great for buyers looking for stability and great fuel economy.
2001 Toyota RAV4 Edge Auto
The 2001 Toyota RAV4 Edge Auto is a popular and reliable SUV that you can get for $5500 or less. Coming from the hot-selling and popular Toyota series, this family or travelling car can get you far with its solid build and classic appearance.
2007 Subaru Impreza R Luxury Auto
The 2007 Subaru Impreza R Luxury Auto is a roomy and comfortable car that you can get for around $5500. This third generation release is known for its excellent handling and tight construction.
2008 Ford Fairmont
The 2008 Ford Fairmont remains popular among first-time car buyers. This relatively young model is trustworthy and can be found at prices $5500 and above.
2006 Toyota Corolla Ascent Auto
At $6300, the 2006 Toyota Corolla Scent Auto is a sturdy and reliable second hand car that’s popular with buyers. This car is easy-to-drive, providing a comfortable ride with roomy interiors. This car also has solid resale value through the years.
2007 Honda Civic
This solid compact car remains popular among buyers who don’t want to shell out a couple more thousands for newer generations. At $6500, the 2007 Honda Civic can provide value-for-money.
2005 Honda CR-V Sport
The Honda CR-V line remains popular for its stylish city look and versatility. The 2005 Honda CR-V Sport is a family car with super roomy interiors, and can be bought at only $7000.
2008 Mazda 3
The 2008 Mazda 3 is part of the 2nd generation of Mazda 3 cars that remain Aussie favourites. At $8500 and above, you can rely on this sporty and stylish car. It also requires low repair and maintenance costs, making it affordable in the long-run.
2009 Volkswagen Gold 90TSI Trendline VI Auto
While this model comes close to $10000, the 2009 Volkswagen Gold 90TSI Trendline VI Auto may be worth it for its good fuel economy and punchy performance. Giving a comfortable and fun drive, this compact family car also has a good safety record.
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Need more options? You can also consider other enjoyable roadworthy second hand cars that you can get at $10000, like the 2007 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo, 2005 Mini Cooper S, and the 1991 Mitsubishi GTO.