Inexpensive airplanes are available for sale from online aircraft broker websites such as Trade-A-Plane.com and AeroTrader.com. There is also a constant but changing inventory of inexpensive airplanes sold on eBay.com. As of 2016, the least expensive, airworthy single-engine airplanes are typically available for around $12,000 on all three websites. Makes of small airplanes in this price range include Piper, Grumman, Taylorcraft and Ercouple, typically manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s. All three sites feature planes listed by sellers and brokers.
All three online sellers allow users to search by make, year of production, price range, ZIP code and mile range when searching for inexpensive airplanes. AeroTrader.com and Trade-A-Plane.com list prices for aircraft and allow prospective buyers to negotiate with the selling parties over price. Planes listed on eBay.com are available in fixed price, negotiable and true auction formats.
Two small aircraft publications, PlaneAndPilotingMag.com and AOPA.org, provides lists of specific airplane models and equipment packages that are typically available for less than $20,000. The articles detail planes seating up to four people and capable of air speeds of more than 100 knots in this price range. Neither article directly sells airplanes, but they do provide readers tips on where to look and what to look for in a prospective aircraft.