As of 2015, buyers can find classified listings for vehicles priced under $500 at Cars.com and AutoTrader.com. Both websites allow users to search for vehicles priced under $1000, but many of the vehicles listed are priced under $500. Buyers can sort the listings by price to find their ideal vehicle.
The Cars.com advanced search feature allows buyers to search by makes, model and by whether they want a new or used vehicle. Buyers can also specify a desired price range, vehicle year, mileage and keywords.
The search features at AutoTrader.com are similar to those at Cars.com, but with more specific options to help buyers locate the ideal vehicle. Searchers can specify the body style, such as truck, AWD/4WD, crossover, sedan and luxury. The search feature for exterior and interior colors includes 19 options. It is possible to choose the preferred engine size, ranging from three cylinders to 12 cylinders, and to specify the hybrid option. Other search options include fuel type, fuel economy, transmission type and number of doors on the vehicle.
Vehicles under $500 tend to be more than 15 years old and have high mileage. However, some of them have new parts, and the listings say that the vehicle runs reliably. Vehicles are available through private party sales or at dealerships. The listings for vehicles under $500 on Cars.com and AutoTrader.com are located across the United States.