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
Mar 20, 2019

If you thought a budget of less than £5,000, or well under £100 per month might help you to avoid tough decisions, then think again.

Even at this end of the market, there’s a wide choice of cars that are less than five years old.

Some 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 159 cars for under £5,000 available on BuyaCar. Finance costs start at £67 per month.

Click below to search for all cheapest used cars on sale, or scroll down for our pick of the best.

Cheapest used cars

All of the cars below were available for less than £5,000 when this list was put together. Prices do vary, so you may find that the order should be slightly different, or that there’s a different car that’s cheaper than some of those in the list below. What’s unlikely to change is that the cars below are all extremely affordable.

1. Fiat Panda

Latest Fiat Panda deals from £4,490
Finance from £84 per month

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.
Fiat Panda buying guide


2. Vauxhall Corsa

Latest § deals from £4,861
Finance from £77 per month

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.
Vauxhall Corsa buying guide


3. Fiat 500

Latest Fiat 500 deals from £4,695
Finance from £85 per month

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.
Fiat 500 buying guide


4. VW up!

Latest VW up! deals from £4,690
Finance from £83 per month

If you're looking for a small city car for under £5,000, then it’s extremely hard to look beyond the 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 for a Move up! car, 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.
VW up! buying guide


5. Peugeot 108

Latest Peugeot 108 deals from £4,295
Finance from £67 per month

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 with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly.
Peugeot 108 buying guide


6. Kia Picanto

Latest Kia Picanto deals from £5,295
Finance from £93 per month

Thanks to Kia’s seven year warranty, you can buy a car for as little as £5,295 and still benefit from at least three year’s-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.
Kia Picanto buying guide


7. Dacia Sandero

Latest Dacia Sandero deals from £4,275
Finance from £82 per month

The Dacia Sandero is officially the cheapest new car for sale in Britain, with a super-low price of £6,995.

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 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.
Dacia Sandero buying guide

8. Renault Twingo

Latest Renault Twingo deals from £4,850
Finance from £81 per month

Renault’s Twingo is a funky alternative to the cars above, and is only available with five-doors. It has its engine in the rear, 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 2014 model with around 40,000 miles. 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.
Renault Twingo buying guide


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