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

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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10 Cars That Cost a Grand or Less

For folks accustomed to $1,200 brake jobs and $1,600 air conditioning repairs, buying an entire car for less than $1,000 probably seems farfetched. Yet, as this is being written, the U.S. News used car listings contains a multitude of cars and trucks offered at prices that range from $480 to $1,000. Yes, you can buy a car, truck, or SUV for $1,000 or less. But should you?

That depends on the vehicle’s condition and your intended use. By the time a used vehicle drops in price to $1,000 or less, you can be sure that it is very old, well worn, damaged, or suffers from some combination of these three debilitating conditions. Any buyer of a used vehicle should carefully review its condition, paying special attention to safety systems.

Keep in mind that some of these vehicles may have already been picked up by other buyers. So if you’re looking to get your hands on one, you better act quickly.

Here are some examples of what awaits buyers on a very limited budget.