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5 Best Used Convertibles Under $5,000


The way prices of food, clothing, gas, and, yes, cars have been going over the past few years, it might be surprising to learn it’s still possible to buy a fun convertible for $5,000 or less. It will require careful shopping, but rewards will flow to those who put in the effort. Note the year ranges — at this price point, it’s more important to find the right car than to find a specific year model.

Here is our list of some of the best used convertibles for $5,000 or less.

1. 2004-2005 Audi A4 Convertible

2004 Audi A4 Convertible

Spanning the B6 and B7 generations of the Audi A4, these convertibles are classically stylish, understated, and with some TLC, can be made to look and drive like new again. Getting your hands on this level of luxury and design for less than $5,000 can only be called a bargain. See used Audi A4 Convertible models for sale

2. 2006-2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible

The Chrysler PT Cruiser is iconic not only for its unique retro looks but for its massive popularity, selling more than 1.35 million examples in its 10-year run. The convertible version of the PT Cruiser adds the fun of open-top cruising to the PT Cruiser’s repertoire. See used Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible models for sale

3. 2004-2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible

2006 Saab 9-3 Convertible

Though the Saab car brand is no more, its automotive design and innovation icons live on. While the second-generation Saab 9-3 convertible might not be an icon (yet), it is the final model to be built new as a Saab: Swedish dealer ANA completed a special set of 47 “Independence Edition” 9-3 convertibles in February 2012. ANA made new cars from the units left on the line when the Trollhattan factory shut down months earlier. See used Saab 9-3 Convertible models for sale 

4. 2003-2006 Volvo C70 Convertible

2006 Volvo C70 Convertible

Easily one of the sharpest-looking cars on this list, the stylish and sporty Volvo C70 boasts Tom Walkinshaw Racing DNA and an automatic cloth top. However, 2006 introduced a new S40-based generation with a folding hardtop and a sleek new look, co-built with Pininfarina. See used Volvo C70 Convertible models for sale

5. 2003-2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

With its timelessly quirky looks, legendary name, and reputation for fun, the Volkswagen New Beetle could be a perfect fit for those seeking sun and transportation on a budget. Based on the Golf platform of the era, it’s an easy-driving compact with tons of personality. See used Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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