Used Cars Under $3,000: What to Expect

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10 Cars That Cost $3,000 or Less

With the average price of a new car expected to reach $35,000 this year, it may seem unlikely that you can buy a car or truck for $3,000 or less, yet you can. To get started, take a look at the U.S. News used car listings. As this is being written, more than 7,000 of sub-$3,000 vehicles were available.

Some of these cars will be great buys. Others will not. The trick is to separate the good from the not-so-good.

To do this, any buyer of a used vehicle should carefully review its condition, paying special attention to safety systems, before making any purchase. If you don’t have the ability to do this, consider hiring an independent mechanic who has no interest in the outcome of the sale to check the vehicle before you hand over any money to the seller, or sign any agreement.

Here are some examples of what awaits buyers with $3,000 to spend on a used car, based on the vehicles that were available when this article was written. To find cars like this near you, simply go to the U.S. News Used Cars listings, insert your zip code, and click on the number of miles you are willing to go to find a bargain.