While it's possible to get a good deal on a new car, it is in the arena of pre-owned or used cars where it is possible to get some really good deals on cheap cars. And there are several ways to buy a cheap used car.
One can look through the local newspaper in order to find cheap cars for sale within the area where you live. While the selection of cheap used cars for sale listed in local newspapers is often very limited, great deals can sometimes be found, especially if you find a seller who is either lazy or does not know the value of the car they are selling. Sometimes you can run into trouble buying a used cheap car from someone advertising in the newspaper because the stranger you are buying the car from may be a real miscreant who lies about the car's history and its condition.
A second way of buying a cheap car is through a used car dealership. Often used car dealerships have limited selection in the way of cars you can buy from them. Also, used car dealerships may sell the cars they have for sale at higher prices than what you could find if you buy a car from a private seller who advertises in the newspaper. However, many used car lots and used car dealerships do thoroughly examine the cars they sell.
An option to find cheap used cars for sale that was not available ten years ago is going online to find a car on the Web. There are dozens of Web sites that sell cheap used cars of many, many makes and many, many models. Some of the cars listed on the sites are being sold at used car lots and some are being sold by private parties. Often very cheap deals can be found on the used cars for sale on the Web. However, often the best used car and the cheapest used car one can find for sale on the Internet is a few states away and this can be a hassle.
A fourth way of finding a cheap used car for sale is by going to a car auction and making a bid on a car. Often when cars are repossessed because money is owed on them or they are seized by the government due to criminal or tax evading behavior of the previous owner, they are sold at auctions. Repossessed cars bought at auctions can sometimes be very cheap and people can sometimes get exceptional deals on cars when they buy repossessed cars at government auctions. However, buying a repossessed car at a government-sponsored auction can be a hassle because auctions are often held inconsistently and infrequently; it is sometimes difficult to look and examine the cars being sold at auction before they go on the block; and you never quite know how much a certain car is going to cost at an auction.
With all the options available to people buying used cars and cheap cars, a customer is bound to find a cheap car for sale that suits his or her purposes and budget.