When you begin your search for cars for sale under 800 dollars, understand that you won’t have a lot of options. At this price, you will not be able to find a brand new car straight out the factory. The reality is that if you are willing to buy a used car with quite a bit of mileage and one that requires some work to be done, it is definitely possible to find one. If you are hoping to buy a car with decent mileage, which also runs well, I suggest you check out cars that cost anywhere from 5,000 to 1,000 dollars. Below are a few tips on how you can find cheap cars for sale under 800 dollars.

Repossessed Cars

Start your search by looking at repossessed cars. These cars have been taken back after it was rented or leased because the owner failed to make payments. Usually if the person is late in payment by 30 days, their car is liable to be repossessed by the lender. The lender will send a repo agent to use a tow truck to pick up the car. These used cars are often sold at low prices at auctions and if you are lucky you can find a great deal. If you type in repossessed cars in to the Google search engine, you will find tons of auctioning websites. I recommend you check out autobidmaster.com where I found several low bid cars under 800 dollars. The site also provides the location of the car, current mileage and the overall condition. Usually used cars will have scratches, dents, rusts and other cosmetic disfigurations. However, most repossessed cars are still in good condition and should run smoothly without any major mechanical adjustments. If you rather find an auction offline, you can go to your local police department and find out when they have their annual sales where they auction off any seized cars or trucks to the public. You can often times find great deals at these auctions as well, but understand that there might be a lot of competition from other enthusiastic buyers.

Cash Only

When it comes to buying cheap used cars for under $800, cash is your best friend. Check out local garages or car shops in your neighborhood and ask if there are any cars for sale. More often than not, there will be cheap cars that owners want to sell as quickly as possible. You will have an easier time bargaining with them if you bring cash instead of credit. Used cars that cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1500 can easily be bargained down to 800 dollars if you are persistent and convincing. Remember that car salesmen are notorious for marking up prices much higher than market value, even for used cars. A good rule of thumb is that you can haggle for 50% of whatever the seller is asking for. Usually if you are persistent and offer to pay in cash, you will be able to purchase the car for under 800 dollars.

Other Places to Look

If all else fails, you can always check out online auction sites such as eBay. Simply input the price range you want and hit the button to see the results. Honestly, it is difficult to find cars for sale under $800 on eBay. However, every now and then, there is a seller willing to sell a decent car for a good price. Another place I suggest you look at is Craigslist.org. A lot of people sell their cars on this site and many are willing to accept a couple hundred dollars to sell it as quickly as possible. If you search hard enough, you might find a couple of real gems. Also consider purchasing broken down vehicles if you have experience fixing cars. This can save you a lot of money down the road because a lot of auto shops charge exorbitant rates an hour and there is no telling whether they are doing an honest job or ripping you off. 

Things to Consider

Always remember that there are risks involved with buying a used car for under 800 dollars. A lot of these cars will need proper maintenance and many will break down after a few times on the road. Before purchasing a used car, ask yourself if the money you save is worth the possibility of finding yourself on an empty highway with a broken down car. By spending a few extra hundred dollars, you can find a far better car that is less likely to give you a headache in the future. Realize that a car for sale under 800 dollars is not the best buy if you are unwilling to deal with the possible consequences.