Best Used Cars Under $3000

So you’ve decided to buy a used car. Starting with research on cars available for your budget and reading a couple of reviews will help you make an informed decision. Sites like Consumer Reports can tell you which brands and models are most popular and reliable for use. Always pay attention to the estimated cost of repairs and replacements so you don’t end up over budget.

For $1500 you can expect to buy a car that’s been on the road for at least 10 years and that is likely to have 130,000 to 150,000 miles on the odometer. However, you can still get a car that is reliable and one which has quite a few years of use left to it. Get a vehicle history report from Carfax or AutoCheck for a clear idea of the quality of the car. You can also use this information to negotiate a realistic price for the car.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan models are very popular choices for the under $1500 price range. Japanese cars do well when it comes to reliability, but repair costs may be the higher than a domestic. A quick look around the Internet can give you hundreds of choices. Here are a few options:

Top Japanese Cars under $1500

  • 1998-2003 Toyota Tercel, Corolla, Camry
  • 1998-2001 Honda Civic, Accord
  • 1992-1999 Isuzu Rodeo
  • 1999 Suzuki Cultus
  • 2000 Mazda Demio, Mazda Protege
  • 1998 Nissan Sentra, Nissan Cefira

Top American Cars under $1500

  • 1992 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 1997-2000 Chevrolet Blazer
  • 2002 Buick Century
  • 1998 Dodge Caravan
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Ford Taurus, Escort
  • 1994 Ford Explorer
  • Ford Crown Victoria
  • 1996 Pontiac Gran Prix

European Cars under $1500

  • 1998 Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat
  • Mercedes Benz 300
  • Renault Baccara
  • 970s/80s BMWs


Where’s the best place to find these deals? Your local classified site, of course. For a sampler, check out these Lake City cars for sale or these trucks for sale in Gainesville.

Although choices are limited for this price range, you can still make your choice easier by thinking about your needs before you buy. Here are some factors to keep in mind when choosing your budget car:

  • How far do you have to drive every day?
  • Do you need it to withstand severe weather conditions?
  • Will you be the only driver?
  • Are you looking for fuel economy?


Ocala Used Cars for Sale: Under $3,000

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Nice running car has the 4.6 v8 with 116,000 miles runs great no smoke interior isn't in bad shape. The car runs and drives the tranny slips every (Read More);95 Mercury Cougar 4.6 v8
Clean car inside and out. Has the Gran Touring Package. Drives and rides excellent. Good tires. Servicing up to date. 149,000 miles. $2,500 obo. (Read More);1999 Buick LeSabre
Reverse quit working, motor rebuilt by Titian in Ocala, tires less than 1000 miles. fixer up (Read More);
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4 cylinder, 5-speed, 160,000 miles, Runs perfect, Drives good, interior in nice shape. Cold A/ C & hot heat. Phone Calls only please. Cash Only. (Read More);1999 Isuzu Rodeo
Infiniti qx4 around 200,000 miles has slow oil leak and air works when it wants to I don't have the money to put into it all at once looking to sell (Read More);