AutoGuide.com Apr 28, 2016
Your car says a lot about you—but wheels that flash cost lots of cash. Or do they?
Buy smart, and you can find some serious baller cars at a serious discount. Here are ten used cars that we think are the bomb… at a price that won’t blow up your bank account.
Drive through the Hollywood hills, and you’ll see Range Rover after Range Rover after Range Rover. This is the go-anywhere SUV that the “haves” simply have to have. Range Rovers can be troublesome as they age, so you’ll want to keep money set aside for repairs—but their reputation for being trouble-prone has driven prices into the basement.
You’ll find examples selling for one-quarter the cost of a new one, and high-mileage examples going for even less. Case in point: This twelve-year-old one-owner Range Rover HSE, with just under 100,000 miles on it. Asking price is $12,970—a mere 15% of the price of a new Range Rover.
The 300 as we know it made its debut in 2005, with a bold new design that quickly made it the car in which to be seen. Chrysler has restyled the 300 a few times since the first generation, but they have yet to duplicate the hardcore look of the original 2005-2007 cars.
V8-powered 300C models are easy to find under fifteen grand, but if you really want to do things right, go for the SRT8 version, which comes with the 425 hp 6.1 liter HEMI V8. We found this 2006 model being sold by a dealer in Louisiana. The car has a small rock chip in the windshield, but it’s also a two-owner car with less than 60,000 miles on it—and an asking price of $15,495.
Nothing says you are living large like a Roller in the driveway.
A late-model Rolls will set you back a good quarter mil at least, but if you buy used, there are serious deals to be had. We say skip the last thirty years and go back to the classic round-headlight Rolls, the Silver Shadow.
We found some real buys, including a 1977 Silver Shadow II with 89,000 well-cared-for miles. It needs a little interior work, but with a price tag under $10k, we can deal with that. But there’s a real bargain in Arizona: A West Coast-sourced 1969 Silver Shadow that spent 18 years parked on jackstands with bids opening at just $5,000.