When you're searching for a used car on a budget, it can sometimes feel impossible to find the right ride for the right price. However, you can look to industry experts like Cars.com to help you narrow down your selection. The online resource for new and used car information recently released a list of 10 used cars with price tags below the $10,000 mark to help car shoppers like you find a vehicle that suits their needs without breaking the bank.
"Although the price gap between new and used cars has decreased, many shoppers are still going the used route," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief for Cars.com. "We took a look at cars from 2006 or later and came up with the best 10 used cars that shoppers should be able to find for around $10,000. To make our list, the cars had to pass crash tests and have key standard safety features. We also analyzed reliability, drivability and practicality."
Ford was a popular brand, as the 2006 Escape, 2007 Freestyle and Fusion, and 2008 Focus all made the grade. The Focus, for instance, comes with Bluetooth connectivity and USB/iPod integration – two features that aren't as common in older vehicles. The 2006 Honda Civic also made the list thanks to its fuel efficiency and impressive handling. Those looking for a spacious interior can check out the 2006 Hyundai Azera, 2008 Nissan Versa and 2008 Kia Optima. The 2007 Scion xD and Hyundai Sonata also made the list.
Once you've whittled your list of options down to just a few, you can head to New Jersey Auto Auction, which carries a wide selection of used makes and models. Here, you will be able to see and test drive the models you want before you buy, and every car on the lot is CARFAX certified, so you know you'll be getting behind the wheel of a reliable ride with any car you choose.