5 Cars: Bergen Buggies for the Budget Conscious

Want a new ride even though you're working with little cash? Buckle up.

It occurred to us that despite our young age, we have never, ever owned a brand-new car. Yes, we've purchased cars proclaimed as "new to me!," but they've all been used vehicles.

While that is perfectly OK, thinking about this week's installment of 5 Cars, and given that we focused on super-expensive vehicles a few weeks ago, we wanted to see what the new-car market looked like for those with thin wallets (in our search, we limited ourselves to a maximum price of $13,000, the price we paid for our last previously-owned vehicle). 

And guess what: They are not easy to find. But there are options for you to smell new-car scent in an actual brand-new car.

1. 2013 Chevrolet Spark LS  - New - $12,995

From Cars.com: We met the quirky and fun Chevy Spark a couple of weeks ago, and this one returned to our attention because we found it in denim! Yes, denim is the exterior color for this model, a four-passenger, five-door hatchback that features a bold style, lots of room for people and stuff, front bucket seats, black cloth interior, front wheel drive and more. And it's under $13,000, so it's quite kind to the pocketbook.

Available soon at Paramus Chevrolet.

2. 2013 Nissan Versa  S - New - $12,950

From Ebay.com: A lot of bang for the buck with this one: This gray sedan with matching interior is under $15,000 and offers a lot in exchange for the relatively tiny price tag. The Versa S features manual transmission, a 1.6 liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine, 109 HP horsepower, ABS and driveline tracking control, body-colored bumpers, bucket seats in front and more.

Available at Ramsey Auto.


3. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ - New - $3,585

From Cars.com: Normally priced in the $20,000 range, this Equinox is a steal for your budget at a reduced priced. This SUV features a 2.4-liter gas engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. It is also outfitted with a compass, braking assist, audio controls on the steering wheel and much more.

Available at Englewood Auto Group.

4. 2012 Toyota Yaris L - Used - $12,901

From Cars.com: This hatchback may have been driven for the past year, but for the pricetag of under $13,000 the 1.5-liter, four-speed automatic transmission is a deal. Features include an MP3 player, bucket seats, power outlet, stability control, and traction control.

Available at Glen Toyota of Fair Lawn.

5. 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S - Used - $11,989

From Cars.com: We had to go for this used Rabbit because it happens to be the least expensive German hatchback in the North Jersey area. This baby features a 2.5-liter gas 5-cylinder engine generating 170 horsepower, six air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, traction control, head restraints and more.

Available at Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Paramus.

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Barbara March 23, 2013 at 09:02 PM
And what about the Honda Fit? A super gas saving comfortable car with lots of head room and back seats that fold down to provide a great area for carrying large items.
Keith Jensen March 24, 2013 at 08:33 AM
How about giving the SMART Car some credit? Housed locally in the Benz dealership of Englewood. You can buy it for $12,490 or better, lease it for $99 a month! Here is a picture of the ones I have for my company: http://batchout.com/careers.htm I am fully ready for any of the jokes to come, but I get the last laugh when I fill it up at the pump or when I park in Manhattan, Hoboken or even in my own spot at the mall that no one else can fit in to. Not to mention it is great for marketing my credit card processing company, but the best part about it is my bumper sticker which says, "Its Obama's Fault" :)
rozette March 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM
some gave the wrong price on the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ - New - $3,585, please correct it?!
ClemSheldon1 May 02, 2013 at 10:34 AM
I like Toyota Yaris. Firstly, the Toyota Yaris is available in a 5-door and a 3-door model and both these models feature the same modern four-cylinder, 1.5L engine. I like to share here that recently I bought used car Yaris from http://www.automotix.net/carshotline.html?is_search=N&s_type=b&make_name=Toyota&model_name=yaris&year_name=2012&state_name= at affordable price and it is running very smoothly.


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