#best used cars under 5000
Buying at Car Max is a good idea for Car Max’s profits.
The only decent car under $5000 is one that has been well maintained by its previous owner. Brand and model matter less than maintenance and care taken. For $5000 I would expect an older car or one with high mileage.
June 2011 edited June 2011
Used Toyota, Honda Mazda, Nissan, Hyundai, and Ford compacts and the like. Check CR auto edition. These all give you decent mileage.
If you can drive a manual, that would be a plus in finding a cheaper decent car.
If you want a little luxury in the form of a midsize from a rental, remember these cars are made to be fleet cars with a limited life expectancy on their parts IMO. I would not buy a rental GM or Chyrsler and not expect to include some upkeep money down the road. Your choice.
Your overpriced Honda or Toyota, if “maintained the same” as a GM or Chrysler will still have fewer problems and longer working life left. That’s why they cost more and not because they have a magic name. Used car prices in “standard cars” (not Vettes and specialties) reflect deserved reputations. Fords overall IMO, have the potential to give you the best bang for the buck.