“Used” we can all understand. “Sexy” and “cheap”? Well, as came out in a discussion at dinner last night, a sexy woman as defined by a woman is very different from one defined by a man. And “cheap” may well be the most relative term of all.
So here is one person’s idea of how you can spend relatively little money and get a sexy ride. These are all pretty desirable cars, I think you’d agree, and the best part is you’re letting the first (or first and second) buyer take the big depreciation hit.
We lead off with the Porsche Boxster (2008 model shown), because it’s an outstanding car for the money, and you can find some very good deals on late-model cars.
On the CarGurus website—if you live in Boston, for instance—you can find a 2006 Boxster S with 32,000 miles for $32,898. The S version has variable valve timing and produces 295 hp.
(By the way, if you haven’t used the CarGurus website to search for used cars, you’re in for a treat. It features more than a million listings, searchable by U.S. city or zip code, with national average prices, photos, the works. In this story, we use prices for the Atlanta area by default.)
Okay, you can’t spend $32 grand this year, but you can buy a Nissan 350Z, which is still a very good car, for between $15 and $24K for 2004-2009 cars. That could be a steal, as these cars carried MSRPs from $28 to $40K when new in 2007-2008.
Still too much cash? Look at everybody’s perennial favorite sports car, the Mazda MX-5. These cars maintain their value, so there are no terrific bargains, but still, in Atlanta you can buy a 2007 Miata like this one with 10,400 miles for under $15,000.
BMW Z4: The 2009-2010 cars are beautiful and expensive, probably the sexiest cars in our selection. Prices begin in the low $50Ks. But you can find well-cared-for 2008s with 20-25,000 miles in the $25-$27,000 range and drive off into the sunset laughing.
Sexy is as sexy does, so if you want something really exotic, consider the Lotus Elise, a car like no other, with go-kart handling, super-quick steering, and a $46-55,000 (new) price tag. Lotus cars have set the benchmark for years in the sports car world, and you could buy this 2005 beauty in Jacksonville, Florida—with only 4,400 miles on it—for $29,900.
You can save even more money by buying earlier model cars, of course. But for cars like these, older means riskier. Do you have any experience buying used sports cars?