Today’s cars may be better than ever, but they are also more expensive than ever. With even the most decent small cars rarely going below the P500,000 mark, it’s a wonder how the minimum-wage earning Juan dela Cruz could ever afford them. If you can relate, then consider it good news that our country has a sizable used car market filled with affordable options for you. Now all you have to do is find the best ones in the bunch, and with that, wepresents to you the top ten used cars below P100,000.
A lot of car manufacturers are creating budget models aimed at financially-conscious individuals, so owning a car is easier than ever. But don’t get fooled — despite being affordable, these cheaper cars don’t skimp on quality. A number of these can give you more bang for your buck than a lot of their expensive counterparts. In this list, we rounded up the top 10 most affordable car deals you can get right now.
1. Daihatsu Feroza
The Daihatsu Feroza harkens back to the time when compact SUVs were small yet powerful off-road beasts. Truly small-looking on the outside, the Feroza still managed to offer five-passenger seating and reasonable cargo space while remaining easy to park and light enough to maintain affordably. Off-road capability came without the bulk and all-consuming space. It has received some flak here and there for being crude and bear, but true off-road fanatics have very little to complain.
2. Honda Civic
During the 90s and 2000s, many considered the Honda Civic to be the best sedan in the market. Guess what, those bestselling cars now cost a fraction of what they used to. A 1990s Honda Civic is inexpensive to keep filled with gas, and the model is widely known for its reliability. Don’t shy away in case the odometer reading reaches beyond the hundred thousand, as this sedan can easily turn over a quarter of a million kilometers before needing any serious repairs.
3. Kia Pride
The Kia Pride was a ubiquitous taxi option during its heyday, so its reputability is all but guaranteed. Ride quality and handling is decent as well for both hatchback and mini sedan versions. That said, it’s best to avoid ex-taxi units to ensure your investment is well-spent.
4. Mazda 323
If you’re looking for a hatchback or city car under P100,000, then a 1990s Mazda 323 fits the bill. This compact driver is not only immensely practical and great in urban settings, but it also manages to offer a pretty solid drive. Look for seventh generation 323s (1994-1998) as these cars tend to be reliable, and surprisingly, well-taken-care of. The design has certainly aged well, and this includes those from the sixth generation. If you want a sedan version, you can go with the equally capable and equally cheap Mazda 626.
5. Mitsubishi Lancer
The Mitsubishi Lancer’s popularity as a mid-size four-door family sedan means that inventory is plentiful. Supply often exceeds demand for a used Mitsubishi Lancer, particularly the Mirage-based models belonging to the third generation, which lasted from 1988 to 2000. This means that you can easily find a great deal on an older Lancer for not much more than a beginner driver would pay in yearly insurance premiums on a new model.
6. Opel Astra
Desire a more affordable German car? Then the Opel Astra is for you. Available in a wide array of body styles and engines (there’s even a V8 version available), there’s a bit of caveat to be had with this particular make and model, most prominent of which is the slow acceleration. But if you’re willing to work with a few minor flaws, the Astra is immediately a decent choice.
7. Toyota Corolla
It’s looks utterly plain and ordinary in every way, but if there are two things that the Toyota brand has going for it, it’s affordability and dependability. The 1990s Toyota Corolla practically defined basic transportation, that’s why it was the number one selling car for pretty much that entire decade. Though unremarkable, it’s frugal fuel consumption and acceptable driving dynamics make it a good in-between car for while you’re saving up for that future Toyota Camry.
8. Toyota Tamaraw
The Toyota Tamaraw’s charm lies in its workhorse pedigree and ability to carry as many as 10 passengers, all for a very, very, very (repeat seven more times) low price. Choose the diesel variant and you get a family or business hauler that’s easily within your means to operate. Though it may be difficult, you may still find a Tamaraw out there that didn’t experience heavy use. Choose the ones with the lowest mileage to keep repair costs low down the road.
9. Suzuki Esteem
Known in its home country as the Suzuki Cultus, the Suzuki Esteem maybe one of the lesser known options on this list, but for those in-the-know, it was one of the few better station wagons that offered more than just the standard ‘soccer mom’ fare. Yes it was a wagon, but it had a powerful engine, beefy styling, and versatility. If you’re looking to actually use the Suzuki Esteem as a regular used car, then its wagon shape offers plenty of practical uses.
10. Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo is an obvious answer to the ‘under P100,000’ inquiry. With its solid mix of fun and enjoyment, not to mention the minimal headache offered by its build, you’d be wrong not to include this German car in your short list. Granted, the Polo will likely lean on the more expensive end of the cost spectrum, but you’ll be rewarded for the extra cost.