The Best Cheap Cars We Found for Sale (San Antonio Edition)

The Best Cheap Cars We Found for Sale (San Antonio Edition)

Finding cheap used cars these days is really tough. It’s more difficult than ever to find top-of-the-line cars at an affordable price, especially if all you have to spend is $5,000. But they still exist, and we’ve found five that can fit the bill for a variety of needs, from super budget to project car, and are family-friendly, fun and utilitarian options.

I’ll be honest, I used to feed my house on LA on Craigslist. This research was a little more difficult, but you still have some interesting options that people in Texas have. There are some cars I might buy, but I wouldn’t recommend buying them, so I left them in favor of more practical options. Instead of a $3,000 Volkswagen Touareg, I traded in a more reasonable Japanese SUV. Just for you.

Keep in mind this is just a harmless perusal – no VIN checks or back-and-forth email with the seller were done, so the real case is taken at face value. If any of them sound tempting and you can afford a pre-purchase inspection, we highly recommend them. With that, let’s take a look at some of the under $5,000 machines from San Antonio Craigslist.

Cheap to buy and cheap: 2000 Toyota Corolla

The budget slot was originally reserved for an interesting 1991 Dodge Colt, but it sold out within a day of finding it. Instead, this Toyota Corolla 2000 takes its place. The Corolla can be a boring option, but that’s exactly what you want on a budget. It should be cheap to own and maintain, and it says heating and air conditioning work together.

The listing says that it has automatic, but the photos clearly show a steady shift, so potential buyers will have to confirm these details. Big chrome wheels might not be for everyone, but if that’s your thing, it’s a great option with supposedly new tires.

If you’re on a tight budget but still want a V8 and don’t care about fuel economy, how about 2003 Mercury Grand Prix For $2600 instead?

Family Driver: 2005 Toyota Sienna

If there is one truth that we all have to face, it is that the minivan is the vehicle most families really need. Lots of people get SUVs and crossovers instead, but the minivan has more interior space, cargo space, a smaller footprint, better fuel economy, and does everything people want. They just have the unfortunate stigma of being a pickup truck.

The 2005 Toyota Sienna is a great example of a minivan. It will be very reliable, spacious and cheap. At $2,500, that’s kind of a steal. It’s a boring choice, but there are plenty of people out there looking to take the lead in something cheap and good.

SUV Deal Still: 2002 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra is something of a poorly kept SUV secret. I’m not quite sure why it’s so cheap, even in densely populated areas. They have a truck chassis that is suitable for the frame and they have suitable off-road devices. It is enough to be a rugged transport truck.

This particular Xterra is close to moon miles, but has the immortal KA24DE engine and manual gearbox. Unfortunately, it’s two-wheel drive, so the ultimate track capability isn’t there. But the two rear wheels will get you too far with the right driving style and attitude.

I’m also not entirely sure why the car is facing down in the pictures, but it might be parked on a grassy hill. It looks reasonably clean inside and out, and has a modern service AC system, just in time for winter. All for $4,000 in oysters.

Driving range: 1989 Mitsubishi Galant

Apparently, Texans love the mysterious old Mitsubishes. This 1989 Galant looks mint, even with 228,000 miles on the dash. Hell, it doesn’t look like mint, it’s mint. My mind was blown to bits by this ad. The seller has included a Gran-Turismo-esque walkthrough video of the car, going into silly details about this cheap car. Watch the video. I love the scrolling text box.

It needs an A/C compressor, according to the seller. Otherwise, he claims that he does not need anything. And yes, even with the mileage, I think the condition makes this something very collectible. Not many of these Galants survived until the 2000s, let alone the 1920s. This is a time capsule that you can drive daily for only $4,000.

Sweet Firebird: 2000 Pontiac Firebird

I’ll be honest, I had to reframe my idea of ​​a fun car for this list. I like lightweight sports cars because I live near mountain roads. In Texas, a ground-based missile is the way to go. Enter the 2000 Pontiac Firebird, with T-tops.

Immediately, there are some negatives. The car needs an air conditioner and has a cracked dashboard, a stubborn check engine light, and a broken pop-up headlight engine. Also, the title apparently shows miles higher than those on the odometer, and it’s not recorded. Unfortunately, it’s the only interesting car I could find in San Antonio that wasn’t insanely expensive.

For $5,000, that’s a tough deal, but I think some negotiation will unlock a very cheap project car. If the mileage is really low, it might be a really decent proposition. And as the seller said in the ad as a professional: “A great car.”

Previous regions featured in “5 Under 5”

CAUTION: The Garage’s “Five under Five” highlights five cars listed under $5,000 within a specific geographic area. The idea is to keep your finger on the pulse of the low-cost car market and provide some context about the current state of what’s on Craigslist. Be aware: we don’t know these sellers and have never seen any of these cars in person. We only share it based on what’s clear in the ad, so split your wallet at your own risk!

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