The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're On a Budget

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If you’re on a budget and need to purchase a car it can feel as though it’s slim pickings. Thankfully, there are plenty of great options available even to those on a tight budget. Let’s take a look.

The list of must-haves

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you don’t have must-haves. Typically people look for:

  • Great fuel consumption
  • A car with low maintenance
  • Inexpensive repairs
  • Known to hold up well over time

The top five

Here’s a look at the top five vehicles that are ideal for budget-minded shoppers.

  • Acura TL: If you're looking for a vehicle that has a reputation of reliability, look no further than the Acura TL. Its fuel consumption is nothing to blink at either as it boasts 17/27 mpg on the city then highway. What's great is that you don't have to sacrifice luxury for price, as this vehicle is loaded with features.

  • Honda Odyssey: This vehicle provides a great budget option for those looking for a minivan. Its design is typical of minivans, and you'll find that the fold-flat third row of seating can really be handy. If you need roominess, this is a great option.

  • Hyundai Accent: How would you like a car that boasts fabulous fuel consumption on the highway and in the city, is peppy, stylish, and incredibly affordable? The Hyundai Accent is hard to beat in the price department, and if it's less than five years old the Hyundai 60,000-mile, five-year warranty will still be in effect.

  • Mazda Mazda3: Mazda is known for producing cars that are sporty, stylish, and handle well on the roads. This sedan is comfortable, won't cost you a fortune in gas, and may just surprise you with how much storage it offers.

  • Honda Civic: This is another car you’ll see popping up on multiple “best of” lists. The Kelley Blue Book describes this one as a "bulletproof used car," thanks to the quality of the vehicle. Enjoy 27/34 mpg in the city/highway, and enjoy how this one handles on the road. Not to worry this sedan is still large enough to seat a family if need be.

Final thoughts

There’s no reason that you can’t find the perfect car, even if you are on a budget. It just takes a little bit of patience, research, and advice from professionals to help you make the final decision.


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Theodore

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Theodore
14 years of experience
Dodge Grand Caravan - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Bellevue, Washington
Second time using Theodore to service my van. He's always professional and detail oriented. He takes extra effort in tracking down issues and explains things well. Very customer oriented. Highly recommend.

Tung

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Ram 1500 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Marietta, Georgia
Tung showed up on time and was very friendly. Changed my brake pads in about 30 minutes and gave me recommendations on when to change the rear pads. Will ask for him by name next time.

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33 years of experience
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33 years of experience
Chrysler Grand Voyager - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Have used Victor multiple times now for work on my vehicle. He is prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and dependable. I never have to worry about a thing as Victor makes sure work is performed quickly, efficiently and and correctly.

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Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Coppell, Texas
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