Have fun, save money, look good.
Isn’t that what we all want in a car? Sure, sometimes people want the boring stuff like practicality, cargo capacity and fuel economy, but that’s no way to live!
If you want to spend your $10K on something that no one looks at and offers as much excitement as a cantaloupe, well, you have plenty of options. Those, though, shall remain nameless.
If you want to spend less on a used car that makes a bold statement and offers some real fun, keep reading.
The Jag is a classic case of “look like a million bucks for around 10 grand.” It’s a surprisingly reliable car, though not with a lot of performance. You do get elegant, rich looks and a lot of fun if you opt for a 5-speed manual!
Ford Mustang GT
I know, it’s a predictable choice. But come on, that 4.6-liter V8 will rock your world. Don’t go back to the 1990s or anything, but choose one 2002 or newer and your money will be well spent. Spend some extra on flashy wheels, nice tires and maybe save a little for maintenance, and you’ll still be well under 10 grand!
Go back at least a generation so you don’t get stuck somewhere in the “unfortunate years” of the smiling grille. You’ll get a better-looking car and save money!
Honda reliability and an early version of Acura luxury combined for a car that looks good, performs well and can be had cheap. Like, $3,000 or under cheap!
I’m a little hesitant to include this one, but aside from the fact that it’s a Neon, this is a fun little car. It’s got a great exhaust note, it’s relatively good looking, and, most of all, it’s fast. Like 0-60 in 5.4 seconds fast. Got 10K to spend? The SRT-4 is a good place to put it.
What car would you buy for $10,000 or under?