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Thousand of times i have been asked the same question, what's available from $ 3000 to $ 5000. range certified preferably an import - Toyota or Honda low miles ( dream on ).
If you happen to find one it's most likely high miles and quite a few model years past it's prime, where to find these cars

Franchise Dealerships

Consider yourself lucky if you happen to be at a dealership at the time a trade has just arrived that meets their requirements and available for under $10.000. a franchise dealer will not purchase cars for re-sale under $ 10.000. their main concern is having a high profile in the community, customer satisfaction, repeat business and a Mfg warranty available with every car

Non Franchise Dealerships

There will be great selections under the $10.000 range at non franchise dealers, small corner lots, buy here pay here type dealers, it becomes more risky as your most likely dealing with older model years with high miles, its buyers beware.

 By having a vehicle report from a history service provider will lesson the fear ending up with a lemon.  there will be many good buys but also a fair amount that is not.
As to how these lower end cars end up on at non franchise car lot...a franchise dealer will wholesale or take to auction any trade-in vehicle that don't meet their strict recondition program and smaller type car lots will bid on these inexpensive vehicles

Buying Private

Buying private is buying AS IS. Whatever problems the vehicle may encounter becomes your problem the moment you except the deal " there is no recourse  "

I highly suggest an independent inspection to ensure not ending up with a lemon parked in your driveway, if seller wont allow prior to purchase you walk away.

I continually get email about recourse where buyers have purchased AS IS only to find cost of recondition added to purchase price made it a bad deal. Don't let it happen to you.

buying a Vehicle $1500. to $2500. Range

While its buyers beware its possible to get valid value, the Internet or Auto trader is not the places to look for vehicles in this price range.
Shop you local community newspaper along with supermarket billboards you may just get lucky someone just having posted a vehicle in excellent condition that's no longer needed.
Buying from a dealer in this price range the odds are against you, you must have patience and when you find a car that you think fits the bill make sure you navigate to  TESTDRI.html  and study how not to end up with a lemon

My philosophy buying a vehicle in this price range. The average vehicle 2 to 6 model years old with average miles and in good condition depreciate at a rate of approximately $2500. annually, luxury models will have a much higher depreciation factor " that tells me " if I can locate a vehicle for under $2500. that will have no issues beyond a year of driving my investment will have been secured - Model year - miles - type of vehicle - options - consumer reports - etc - takes a back seat, all that matters is present CONDITION in this price range.

Surfing for information with a valid answer ??? But can't find the right connection

You are here at this very moment because your thoughts are auto related, if you can't find the exact answer you're looking for post it in the forum or check over 1000 subject lines this site has answered through Allexperts.com 

 If surfing has to do with concerns prior to purchase or after purchase you have arrived

Before Purchase - You are considered a wise shopper looking for a specific answer or may have several questions getting second opions before you commit, answers provided from this site has never received an unhappy feedback.

After Purchase - After the fact providing solid answers becomes a challenge - got a lemon - want deposit refunded - dealer lied - want to cancel -  etc etc ,,, if there is an answer this site will know


Can you imagine having the same car for 82 years?!!!



Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster from his father, brand new -in 1928.

He drove it up until his death at the age of 102 !!!

He was the oldest living owner of a car from new.

He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death. It has 170,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition.  


Here is an interesting 3 minute video - a lady whom turned 101 in 2011 and can still change the plugs and oil on her pride and joy