Awesome Used Sports Cars Under 15K


Okay, so maybe an F50 isn't under $15k, but many of the cars below are. Sports cars are part thrill ride, part personal statement. The problem is that the latest sports cars are out of reach for most of us. Awesome design, high performance, great handling and fun comes with a hefty price tag.

But you can find numerous used sports cars under $15k.

Yes, really. Used and pre-owned sports cars, from BMW, Audi, Corvette and other automakers, can be purchased for $15,000 or less.

In addition to financing tools to help you find the right auto loan, the this site can also help you find the perfect new -- or used -- car. Using the LendingTree site, I searched for used sports cars under 15k and found plenty available for sale near me. Here are some particular favorites:

BMW 6 Series 645Ci

This jet black BMW 6 Series looks both fast and furious. 8 cylinders, 2 doors, about 112,000 miles. It sports a sunroof, leather seats, custom wheels and BMW's reputation for styling and reliability. It comes with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and side airbags.

Year: 2005

Price: $14,995


Audi TT Roadster convertible

This cute, 6-speed convertible is a perfect vehicle to take out for a fun drive. The turbo engine means it's a fast fun. The silver Audi TT Quattro offers acceptable gas mileage (18/26 mpg), front and side airbags, great handling and acceleration. Best of all, it's on the market for under $8,000. It has just under 78,000 miles.

Year: 2001

Price: $7,988


Chevrolet Camaro 1LT

This red Camaro probably won't be on the market for long. While it has a V6 and not a V8, and about 87,000 miles, its great looks and classic muscle car styling are likely to bring out multiple offers.

The many safety features on this two-door Camaro include front and side airbags. The back seat is cramped, though that probably won't matter much. This is not a car meant for hauling passengers around.

Year: 2010

Price: $13,898


Chevrolet Corvette

Yes. You really can get a Corvette for under 15k. This 1989 convertible with a V8 engine has fewer than 36,000 miles and may be the best bargain I found. It has that universally recognizable Corvette look that's likely to turn heads for decades to come. That said, if you want the latest tech and safety features, you may want to bypass this bare bones classic.

Year: 1989

Price: $13,495


Ford Mustang GT Deluxe

Probably no other American sports car can capture the imagination of the open road like the Ford Mustang. This 2008 GT Deluxe Mustang had just one owner, and only 55,000 miles. It can take you from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

Performance tires, rear spoiler and classic Mustang muscle make this 5 speed a must-have. Plus, it has front and side airbags, power windows, and rear wheel drive. This is a dream car.

Year: 2008

Price: $14,995

Nissan 350Z Grand Touring

The Nissan 350Z is the Japanese version of the muscle car, one that can compete with Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. In this case, the Grand Touring convertible, with nearly 85,000 miles, may be more for looks than power, however. It's an automatic, has a Bose sound system, leather upholstery, airbags, traction control, and heated seats.

If you want an affordable, comfortable convertible, but with sporty looks, this is a solid choice.

Year: 2006

Price: $13,495

Mazda Miata MX-5

The Mazda Miata debuted back in 1989 to rave reviews. You can now have this one for under $10,000. It has 85,000 miles, manual transmission, and though it's from Japan, sports classic European roadster looks. The Miata is fun to drive, particularly in warm weather, and a great car for empty nesters.

Year: 2004

Price: $8,295

Happy Driving!

There are several excellent reasons to consider a used car. The biggest hit to a car's depreciation comes the moment it's driven off the lot that very first time. Insurance and taxes are also typically lower. Not to mention, it's a great way to get the car you want at an affordable price.

Your preferred sports car may be different from mine, but even if you have a budget of just $15,000, there's a wealth of great options out there.

Photo of F50 courtesy of Ben and used under CC license.

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