Even in the second hand automobile industry it may be a little difficult to find cars for sale under 3000 dollars but it is definitely not impossible to find a great set of wheels for the price tag. Whatever car one gets in the end it is important to get a history report of the vehicle to find out the work that has been done on the car already and any accidents if any that it might have been involved in. It is prudent to have the vehicle inspected by an auto shop before making the final purchase to ensure that there are no problems with it. The mileage on the car should also be a factor in the decision making as it will influence how much service one can expect from the car.
When looking for cars for sale under 3000 dollars, beater pickups will usually be at the top of the list. The Chevrolet S10 is a capable hauler and in a four cylinder form is really frugal. If there is no rust in the wheel wells and the cab corners are in a solid state then getting one for $3000 or less is a sure bet. The other big trucks that can be found with this price tag include the Ford Expedition and particularly if they do not have air suspension or four-wheel drive which can result in increased repair costs later. The Subaru Outback is a durable machine with almost all the ones sold in the US still being driven today. The all-wheel drive wagon is great at hauling cargo and people and does well on any terrain. Early 2000 and late 1990 models will get you a Subaru Outback for this price. The Honda CR-V is another relatively large vehicle that makes it to this list although it is considerably small for a SUV. This car has reasonable cargo space, five-passenger seating and a 4-cylinder model is inexpensive in terms of gas consumption. It can also go over 250,000 miles before any major repairs are needed making it a perfect fit for this price bracket.
When mentioning cars for sale under 3000 dollars it is impossible to not mention the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic. Camry models that predate the 2000 redesign are very easy to find at this price tag and a four-cylinder engine will keep with the frugality theme. The Civic is more often than not the number one choice for cheap cars with low repair costs, high reliability and four-cylinder engine and a choice of either a coupe or sedan body style. The Toyota Corolla is also a popular for the list with its frugal fuel consumption, high reliability and friendly price. It however has nothing going for it in the aesthetic department which does work wonders as a security measure. A car that moves completely away from the above description is the Mazda Miata which is the most interesting car on this list. It has a timeless look in its small fun package and it is possible to get either the 1.6 liter or 1.8 liter models for less than 3000 dollars although it might take awhile to get the 1.8 liter design. These cars can all be found for the price tag and each has its strengths.