20 Fun and Cheap Cars for Around $3,000

By Vukasin Herbez
20 Fun and Cheap Cars for Around $3,000

Today, cars can cost well over the tens of thousands. But did you know there are several interesting car options for only around $3,000? For three grand, you probably can’t buy a 500 HP engine or get intelligent all-wheel-drive. And you may not get the latest design or infotainment system, either. Also, you probably can’t find a car from this century for that kind of money.

But did you know, that for just $3,000, you can still get a machine that will put a smile on your face? Yes, for that inexpensive price, you can find a vehicle that will be fun to drive and affordable to work on, too. You may even be able to get one that is easy to maintain and reasonably reliable. So, this means you don’t need those high-priced cars to enjoy driving.

In fact, for a small price, you can get a nice ride without having to care if it gets a scratch or dent in the parking lot. The only limit to this list was fun, interesting cars that drivers could buy for $3,000 in decent driving condition. So, if you’re in the market for an affordable piece of highway heaven, buckle up and keep reading.

  1. Mazda Miata/MX-5

No list of affordable fun cars would be complete without the Mazda Miata. Miata’s perfect balance, rear wheel drive, rev happy engines and precise handling make it a joy to drive. For this reason, they sold over a million Miatas since introducing it in 1990. You can find them affordably almost anywhere.

Since the power output of any Miata is relatively small, you can drive down winding roads while enjoying yourself to the fullest. Yet, you’ll still be under the speed limit and out of trouble. For those who want something more out of this little convertible, the number of aftermarket companies offering bolt-on kits and components is enormous.

So, you can easily and inexpensively personalize your Miata to make it faster and handle better. If you want to keep it stock and in perfect working condition, the parts are wallet-friendly and plentiful. Also, the mechanics are quite straightforward.

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