Best Used Cars and SUVs for Under $10,000 That You Can Buy Right Now
If your new or used car purchase was sidelined by rising prices from the global chip shortage, these low-cost models are reliable options
Buying a used car is a great way to save money, even with the recent increase in prices. That’s because the fundamentals remain the same: New cars depreciate quickly during the first three to four years of ownership. This makes used cars a great value.
Used-car prices have been pushed up this year with increased demand as some new cars are delayed from a global shortage of chips needed for car safety and infotainment systems. If your plans for a new- or used-car purchase have been disrupted, moving into a lower price range might be a good option. There are many older used cars available for less than $10,000 that include desirable amenities and safety equipment.
Our list below is based on two factors: how well the models performed in our tests when new, and the results of our Annual Auto Surveys of CR members. Each year they report back to us on the reliability of their own vehicles. We have data that go back 20 years on many models, so we can also tell you which will be dependable and which could end up being expensive to maintain.