What Used Cars Can You Buy for Under $1,000 in 2021?

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These Used Cars Cost Less Than $1,000

You might not think it would be possible to find a running, functioning car for $1,000 or less. You might be right – or you might be surprised. A recent survey of used car listings found a number of seemingly serviceable vehicles for $1,000 or less. 

Keep in mind, you’re not going to get an immaculate car for that price, and many of the ones we found had cosmetic issues at a minimum, if not more serious challenges. Expect even a well-running vehicle to be old, damaged to some extent, high-mileage, or some combination of the above. 

A car in need of a minor repair may still be worth consideration, especially if it’s priced low as a result. More serious issues are another matter. With older vehicles, a careful inspection is especially important, paying extra attention to safety systems. 

Finally, remember that the cars on the following pages were plucked from live ads, and may well be sold by the time you read this. But fear not – more listings are arriving all the time. 

Read on for some examples of what vehicles you can buy for less than $1,000 in 2020.

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