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What car should I buy for $5,000?

Asked by Marlene

Hi, I hear that certain used car models are in high demand and going up in price right now. I am about to buy a car for about $5k. Is there a car you recommend? A standard, manual or automatic car is fine.

Answered by CarsGuide

21 Apr 2021 David Morley

The cars that are going up in price at a, frankly, frightening rate are cars that appeal to enthusiast drivers out there. Older Holdens and Fords and anything with a performance bent to it seem to be falling into this category. But since you don’t seem too fussed about what you buy, you can still find really good cars for under $5000. I’d start by looking at things like Toyota Camrys from the 1990s. These are good, solid, dependable cars and can be had comfortably within your budget. They’re not the most exciting cars to drive, but provided you find one that hasn’t already been worked to death, it should go for years.

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