Cheapest used cars

£5,000 can buy more than you realise: some of the cheapest used cars are still within warranty and look almost as good as new

BuyaCar team
Jul 30, 2020

Did you think that trying to find a new car with a budget of £5,000 would somehow make your life difficult? We're here to tell you that buying a cheap car doesn't have to be a bad thing, in fact, it might just be the best decision you ever make.

Even at the most affordable end of the market, there is a huge selection of decent-quality used cars available - some of which may even surprise you with their practicality and equipment levels.

We're not talking about 10-year-old rust buckets here either. Some of these will only be two or three years old and still have years left on their original manufacturer’s warranty. Others look as stylish as the day they left the factory. We even found one with a heated steering wheel to make colder winter mornings more bearable.

There are currently 158 cars available for less than £5,000 rght here on BuyaCar, so read on for our pick of the best cheap used cars.

Cheapest used cars

1. Fiat Panda

Used deals from £4,598
Monthly finance from £89

The boxy shape and cartoonish headlights of the Fiat Panda add to the car’s sense of charm, which make up for its noisy, bouncy and fairly slow performance.

The car’s shape also makes it one of the most practical city cars available: you’ll be able to carry four adults without anyone getting cramp, although the boot is small. Pop cars are cheapest but lack the air conditioning and remote central locking fitted to Easy models.


2. Vauxhall Corsa

Used deals from £4,480
Monthly finance from £82

It’s hard to beat the Vauxhall Corsa's combination of space and value. The five-door car could accommodate a young family, particularly if they can live with a small boot. Three door cars (two front doors and the boot lid makes three) make getting into the back a chore.

The cheapest cars are the previous-generation Corsa, pictured above. S and Design cars are budget-specification, lacking alloy wheels and air conditioning. SE cars come with both, along with luxuries such as rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, heated front seats and even a heated steering wheel.


3. Fiat 500

Used deals from £4,300
Monthly finance from £83

The only car that in this list that comes close to rivalling the Fiat 500 for character is the Fiat Panda. The bug-eyed lights, tightly-curved roof and compact size still carry plenty of appeal.

You could argue that the cheapest Fiat 500 models are best of all, thanks to their retro cream-colour radio and absence of touchscreen, which was introduced on some models when the car was updated in 2015. Pop cars are cheapest but don’t include air conditioning.


4. Volkswagen Up

Used deals from £4,495
Monthly finance from £91

If you're looking for a small city car for under £5,000, then it’s extremely hard to look beyond the Volkswagen Up, which is more comfortable and spacious than you’d expect from a car of its size, with rear seats that can accommodate adults - at a squeeze.

Skip the entry-level Take Up models and go straight for Move Up trim, which comes with air conditioning, remote central locking and electric front windows. Most of the cheapest cars are three door models, but you may find a more practical five-door car among them.


5. Peugeot 108

Used deals from £4,495
Monthly finance from £85

One of thre freshest of the cheap cars available on this list, the Peugeot 108 is closely related to the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1, and while we perfer the styling of the Peugeot, you can find cheap versions of all three for less than £5,000.

If you want a really cheap car, then you may be able to find the predecessor of the 108 - the Peugeot 107 - for a little less. It’s not worth opting for the older car, though, as its dashboard is made of cheap plastics that even Ikea would reject and its crash safety was barely average when it was independently tested by Euro NCAP … in 2012.

The 108 is safer and feels better-built. Avoid the entry-level Access models and your 108 will include air-conditioning and a touchscreen media system with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly.


6. Kia Picanto

Used deals from £4,600
Monthly finance from £84

Thanks to Kia’s seven-year warranty, you can buy Picanto for as little as £4,600 and still benefit from at least three years-worth of cover, providing reassurance that a car this cheap isn’t a false economy.

The previous-generation Picanto doesn’t really hold many surprises: its compact dimensions mean that it’s small inside, but if you rarely use the back seats, then that’s unlikely to matter. Small engines bring good fuel economy but slow acceleration at higher speeds.


7. Dacia Sandero

Used deals from £4,250
Monthly finance from £80

The Dacia Sandero is officially the cheapest new car for sale in Britain with a super-low price of £6,995, and it's even cheaper if you buy a used one.

It’s not surprising to see that used versions regularly change hands for less than £5,000. People love the amount of space it offers - its boot is 320-litres, a full 69-litres bigger than the VW Up, plus there’s room for five adults.

Laureate models are readily available for this price. These get alloy wheels, air conditioning, and even a radio, which is missing from the most basic Access models.


8. Renault Twingo

Used deals from £4,980
Monthly finance from £97

The Renault Twingo is a funky alternative to the cars above, and is only available with five-doors. The engine is located in the back, which means the front wheels have more room to maneuver, giving the Twingo the tightest turning circle this side of Hackney Carriage.

You won’t be spoilt for choice with £5,000, but it should get you into a 2015 model with around 30,000 miles on the clock. We recommend Dynamique spec - this gets stop/start to increase mpg (especially in town driving) as well as 15-inch alloy wheels and front foglights.



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