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Used Cars: Top Used Vehicle To Buy If You Are On a Budget Of $5000

By Daisy Emah-Emah Updated: 07/09/2022 Posted: 11/18/2021

You don’t need to clean out your bank account just to own your dream car… A used vehicle is a great alternative to brand new vehicles especially if you are on a budget.


You could always walk into a used vehicle dealership or take a car off a friend’s or neighbors hand at an agreed price – and viola! You are a car owner.


Speaking of used cars, do you know you can save a few thousand dollars more?


Glad you asked…


Dealerships are great and all but dealers need to make a profit, they pay so much in rent and other bills so it would be unfair if they gave away their cars at the price it was purchased. Private sales are also cool but have their own downside – not to be misunderstood, they are both great ways you can get a used vehicle. 




If you are looking to save that extra dealership fee, maybe use the extra cash to upgrade your car to fit your taste, then wholesale auctions are your best bet. 


We could go on about the advantages of wholesale auctions but it also has its disadvantages – if you are not knowledgeable. 


To understand how to land great deals like a pro you can check out this article 


Now back to used cars… 


If your budget for a car is a max of $5000 or thereabout, we have put together a list of awesome used vehicles you can put on your watchlist… 


Used Vehicle to Choose From

1. Mazda CX-9 (2014 – 2015)

CX-9 is a sporty 7-passenger crossover that gives drivers an extraordinary experience and comfort. It comes with a V-6 engine which is a powerful engine by the way and good fuel economy of 17/24 mpg city/highway and 16/22 mpg for its all-wheel-drive. With this fuel economy, you are sure of having good acceleration. 


The interior is spacious – you can load up to 7 people, its cabin has a premium and luxurious feel and looks to it.  You are sure to enjoy comfort and luxury on a budget.


2. Kia Optima (2015 -2016)

Optima comes with an upscale interior design, has strong performance and high safety rankings. It has a user-friendly infotainment system, composed handling, and comfortable seating.


Optima comes with three engine types across three trims, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Optima has an average fuel economy of 24 / 34 mpg city/highway. 


3. Hyundai Elantra (2016-2017)

Elantra is a 5-passenger compact vehicle that comes either as a sedan or hatchback body type. It is spacious with a good knee room at the rear seat, roomy trunk, and has a stylish well-designed interior. 


The sedan comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine except for the Sport and the GT hatchback which comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The Elantra engine is paired with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Also has a good gas mileage of 31 mpg combined.


4. Ford Explorer (2012-2013)

Explorer is a 7-passenger crossover that comes with a somewhat roomy interior. It has some off-road ability, prioritizes family-hauling, and has an amazing all-weather capability. The explorer is one of the safest Ford models with rearview cameras and blind-spot detectors. 


It comes with a V-6 and 6-speed automatic with front-wheel drive with great handling and an all-wheel-drive option. The Explorer has a good fuel economy of 18 / 25 mpg city/highway and can go up to 20/28 mpg city/highway based on the model


5. Honda Ridgeline (2008-2010) 

Ridgeline is a spacious five-passenger pickup truck that offers great comfort and ease of use. It is a smooth, quiet, and very maneuverable pickup truck loaded with a lot of useful features – like the in-bed trunk and dual-action tailgate. 


Ridgeline comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which generates 247 horsepower, with a 5-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive. The Ridgeline is a good choice if you want a vehicle with trucklike capabilities but not into the big rigs. 


Further Reading

  1. Buying the Best Used Honda Car for Sale 
  2. How to Choose the Right Used Hyundai for Sale 
  3. On a Budget? Top 8 Used Cars for Sale UNDER $5,000
  4. Best Used Cars You Can Buy This Year Under $10,000



There you have it, five vehicles you can purchase if you are on a max budget of $5000. Purchasing your next ride from a wholesale auction will save you a lot more and you can take advantage of auction experts like Auto Auction Mall to assist you. 


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