50 Most Reliable Used Cars Under $5,000

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Dependable Choices for Car Shoppers on a Budget

There are many cars on the used market that are over 10 years old and cost less than $5,000. However, many are not worth buying. Chances are they have lots of miles on their odometer and may even need some work. Nonetheless, if you need a vehicle right away and your budget is tight an inexpensive used vehicle may be your only option. So, it’s critical to make sure the car you’re buying has a positive track record for reliability.

We’ve pored over our used car rankings to find vehicles with average transaction prices under $5,000 and above-average ratings for reliability. In addition, we only selected vehicles with high U.S. News overall scores. So, aside from having a reputation for dependability, each car also offers other favorable attributes.

It’s important to note that you’re taking a risk when buying a car that’s over 10 years old. Even the most reliable used vehicles will eventually have problems. However, at least you can have the peace of mind to know that these choices are more dependable than the competition.

The following pages contain more details about the most reliable used cars under $5,000. Keep in mind that used car prices vary for many reasons, so we use average transaction prices to give you a reasonable estimation of what to expect.

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