Cheap cars

Inexpensive cars likely to enjoy and earn you money

Cult classics, collectibles, performance bargains, and quirky rides all have the potential to be enjoyed in the future. This means you can buy a cheap or affordable car as an investment or buy something that you could potentially drive for a few years and still cash in on. These inexpensive cars will likely appreciate and make a small return on investment either way.

Pontiac GTO is a blend of subtle aesthetic style and brutal American muscle

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Modified Pontiac GTO | Matt Maran Automotive

Available in bright colors with a beast of a 6.0L V8 engine, the Pontiac GTO lives up to its historic name. While consumers in other markets may call it a Holden or a Vauxhall in a different skin, the GTO is a monster in its own right. Although compared to retro-inspired muscle cars like the new Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the GTO’s styling seems understated.

In addition to a beautiful, bright exterior, the Pontiac GTO develops 400 horsepower and the option of an automatic or manual transmission. Pair that muscle with relatively cheap used-car prices, and the GTO is a great prospect for people looking to buy a future classic.

BMW 3 Series Wagon (E91 generation) is an inexpensive car with BMW pedigree

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900hp BMW 335i | gumball

Due to controversial styling upon release, the E91 generation BMWs depreciated into relatively cheap cars ripe for the picking. Luckily for you, this generation’s 3-Series wagons are underrated compared to competition from Mercedes-Benz and Audi. HotCars suggests that wagons will only appreciate when people realize the comfort and potential of the E91.

Scion tC is a cheap car with two doors and Toyota reliability

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HotCars reports that the Scion tC combines Toyota reliability with increased sportiness. The result is a small hatchback that can be fun to drive and (hopefully) won’t leave you hanging. Plus, the Scion tC could become a collector’s item given the discontinued badge. Who knows, if the Scion tC appreciates like other cars, you might even be able to resell it for a profit.

Volkswagen Arteon is an example of a comfortable and unmistakably good-looking vehicle that’s big enough for friends and family

Inexpensive cars likely to enjoy and earn you money

Volkswagen Arteons | Harold Cunningham, Getty Images

When you look at the Arteon, you almost have to double-check the badge. The Volkswagen Arteon smacks of top European rivals like Mercedes-Benz. In some cases, the Arteon looks even better than these rivals. Plus, the Arteon is an affordable luxury, and it will likely appreciate once consumers recognize the value for money.

Fiat 124 Spider is a timeless sports car with Mazda craftsmanship and Italian heritage

Inexpensive cars likely to enjoy and earn you money

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Cousin of the Mazda MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider is in the shadow of the timeless sports car. However, the Fiat 124 has Mazda quality and Fiat looks, but with an underpowered engine. If you don’t care about breaking speed records in your cheap car, a 1.4L Fiat 124 Spider with a manual transmission might be all the fun convertible you need.

The Lexus RC350 F-Sport is a low-slung grand tourer with a powerful engine

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Lexus RC350 F-Sport | TheStraightPipes

Although grand touring cars have waned in popularity, the formula is hard to ignore. Take a powerful engine, a comfortable interior, add a usable trunk and you have a grand tourer ready to travel. The Lexus RC350 F-Sport fits the bill, and due to low initial demand, the cars are affordable. Once people notice the merit of a grand tourer for the road, your Lexus RC350 F-Sport might be worth more than you paid for.

These aren’t the only cheap cars that are likely to appreciate after they’re purchased.

HotCars has created a list of somewhat affordable vehicles that will likely increase in value once the market inevitably changes. In addition to the cars mentioned above, the Infiniti G37x, Scion iM, Kia Stinger and BMW 328i M-Sport are on the list. However, the possibilities don’t stop there. Any cheap car with rarity, performance, or distinctive styling has the potential to be appreciated. Scroll down to the next article to learn more about exciting cars like performance wagons.

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