It can be difficult to choose the best car, especially when you’re on a tight budget. There are plenty of used models available that provide everything from fuel efficiency and safety to fun features and luxury, and you may even be able to find certain rides for less than you think. Here are a few options that offer versatility, reliability and quality that won’t cost more than $10,000.
Luxury for less
Just because you have a budget, doesn’t mean luxury models are out of the question. You may not be able to find a 2011 Audi A4 for less than $10,000, but you can check out the BMW 3 Series. From 1999 to 2006, this sedan was named to Car and Driver’s “10 Best” list, according to AOL Autos. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) indicates that a 2004 model in excellent condition will have an average retail price under $9,000.
Sports cars within reach
If you want nothing more than to get behind the wheel of a sporty ride, you have options. A 2006 Ford Mustang in pristine condition sells for just over $10,000, according to KBB, which means you might be able to find one that’s a bit more worn in for less. You can find sporty Volkswagen models, like the 2006 Jetta TDI, that sell for less than $10,000, as well as many other models that offer a bit more bang for your buck.
If you are having a hard time deciding which model might be the best fit for you, you can head over to New Jersey State Auto Auction, which has a wide selection of vehicles to choose from. You might see a car you like that you hadn’t found in your online research, and you can test drive it to make sure it’s a good fit. While it is still a good idea to research the model before you buy, you can rest easy knowing that every car at NJ Auto Auction is CARFAX certified.