Getting your first cheap used car is almost a rite of passage for many first time drivers.
In the past, you could usually find these in the classified ads in your local newspaper. These days, many people find their used cars on Kijiji, the incredibly popular sibling brand to eBay.
Kijiji is favored by many looking to sell their used cars due to its lower selling fees compared to eBay, and many potential buyers would head to Kijiji first when they’re in the market for a cheap set of wheels.
So how cheap can you get a used car on Kijiji?
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 cheapest used cars on Kijiji that could still get you from point A to point B.
As with most used cars, they will require a bit of love and care to get them back in fighting shape, but if you have the money and the patience, they could reward you with many more years of faithful service.
This 18 year old Pontiac is a rare find on Kijiji.
Showing almost no rusting or chips in the windscreen, the ride looks in good enough condition to definitely be worth more than the incredibly low asking price.
The seller highlights it needs a new battery and solenoid, new tires and the AC needs recharging. However, these are all fairly minor expenses in order to get a roadworthy car at an unbelievably good price!
The car has been incredibly well maintained, with regular oil checks, rust-proofing and cleaning. The owner is a non-smoker with no pets so no need to worry about ashtray smell or dog hair.
The car has even had a lot of new work done including new PVC, new front brakes and brake lines, new rotors, new front coil springs, and more! This is typically a lot better than what you would find on other used cars on Kijiji.
If you’re looking to get into a luxury car on a used car budget, this might be the listing for you.
Despite being in her early twenties, this white Benz appears to be in relatively good condition. The seller admits it hasn’t been used for 18 months, but says that it starts up fine when parked. They do mention some rust, which depending on how severe it is, could mean some pricey repairs.
If you aren’t turned off by the potential rusting problem this could be a quick and cheap way to get into a high end european car. As always, be sure to get a car report to see if there are any black marks on the car’s record that might prevent it from being insurable.
This 2002 Accura EL looks to be in fairly good condition from the outside and the inside seems relatively clean.
However, something that could be of fairly serious concern is the mention of oil leaking from the engine. Typically, any issue that involves the engine can be costly to fix with the most expensive outcome being having to completely replace the engine. This can sometimes run up to $5,000, which can quickly turn your cheap used car from Kijiji into a money pit.
An oil leak could potentially be a cheap fix with an experienced mechanic, but make sure you do your research before you commit to this one.
The earlier version of Canada’s Car of the Year in 2006, this 1999 Honda Civic is a steal at $430.
The seller lists a new battery, good condition brakes and functioning headlights as key selling points. They do call out that the body is not in perfect condition, which may turn off some with strict aesthetics.
Something to note is that the listing mentions that “minor repairs” may need to be done in order to get safety certification, but no further details are given. This could be nothing, or it could be something to be concerned about.
Either way, it’s a good sign that the seller wants to transfer ownership officially at the Transportation Ministry as it implies this is a legitimate sale and not a sketchy scam, which is sometimes hard to find in the used car section of Kijiji!
For a relatively recent used car on Kijiji, this 2006 PT Cruiser seems almost too good to be true.
Although the seller has put an $800 asking price in the description of the vehicle, the fact they have listed it at $400 seems to imply there is wiggle room for negotiation.
From the outside, the car appears in pristine condition, with no obvious scratches or dents in the body. The PT Cruiser has a distinctive, modern profile which is a rare find when it comes to buying a used car for cheap!
The car also has relatively low mileage at 178,000 kms, so should be able to run for many more years to come. The seller does mention there to be a minor computer issue, but these generally tend to be easy fixes so that shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
For a reliable car that will get you from point A to point B, this 2000 Mazda Protege could be the car for you.
The seller writes that the car runs fine and doesn’t mention it needing any repairs to get back on the road. Aside from some small rust spots above the front wheels, this ride seems good to go.
With 260,000 kms on the odometer, this used car should still have plenty of life left in it. It was such a trusted model when it first launched in fact, that the Singapore Police Force used Mazda Proteges as their everyday fleet!
This is the car for you if you’re after a simple workhorse that you can rely on. Move on if you’re after something with a little more flair or style.
For a more family orientated option, this 2005 Grand Caravan is a great find!
Used cars on Kijiji tend to be smaller compact cars, so finding a people mover is a rare opportunity indeed. The listing says the car runs great, with some rusting on the body. This shouldn’t be too drastic to rectify, but ensure you do a thorough inspect before committing to anything.
If you can work with the rusted body, the interior has plenty of bells and whistles not often found in used cars on Kijiji. Power windows, built in DVD player, new front and rear brakes, new EGR valve, new oxygen sensor and new wheel bearings are all fantastic inclusions that make this a steal at $400!
Used cars on Kijiji don’t get more rugged than this!
This Chevvy pickup truck is perfect for any trades people needing to carry around tool boxes or building materials.
Coming in at a very reasonable $350, the seller lists this car as requiring wires to get up and running. Depending on how experienced you are with cars or how much your local mechanic might charge for wire installation this could be an expensive fix.
Other than that, the box has a durable hardwood floor and the tires are still in good condition, which should help you get to the worksite safe and sound.
260,000 kms is also a relatively good mileage for this kind of car, so could be a worthwhile investment if you’re in need of a sturdy vehicle to get around in!
A very recent 2007 model Hyundai Accent takes out the number two spot on our list.
The seller mentions that a new ignition cylinder, front wheel bearing and belt are needed to get this car up and running again, fairly standard par for the course when it comes to used cars on Kijiji.
Depending on how much your mechanic charges for these fixes, this could be an absolute steal of a car considering it is just over 10 years old and has less than 200,000 kms on it.
As it appears to be such a good deal, we would definitely suggest doing your homework and getting a thorough background check on the car. The last thing you want to do is fix it up only to find out it suffered an uninsurable incident in the past and can’t be driven!
Taking out the top spot as our cheapest used car you can buy on Kijiji (that isn’t a total scam) goes to this 2003 Suzuki Aerio.
Very little information is given in the listing besides the fact that the car will “need work” to pass safety and emissions testing. What exactly this means is anyone’s guess and could range from relatively cheap fix to expensive tear down.
Other than that, the car has 413,000 kms on it, which is pretty high but there should still be a few good years left in her if you fix her up.
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