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Buying a luxury car doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend $50,000 to make it happen. In fact, if you’re looking in the used market, you don’t even need to spend $20,000. If you’re operating on a tight budget, here are five used luxury car examples that you can find for under $10,000.

1. Cadillac CTS

2008 Cadillac CTS at the Detroit Auto Show
The 2008 Cadillac CTS is introduced 08 January 2007 at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. | STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

While Cadillac is a highly regarded luxury brand name, its meager resale values can mean good bargains for buyers on a budget. One such example is the Cadillac CTS. You can still find second-generation CTS examples selling nationwide for under $10,000 in the Premium and Luxury trim levels. According to Autobytel, “Bose audio, navigation, real wood cabin trim, and heated leather seating are also available at this price point.”

2. Lexus ES

A 2007 Lexus ES in silver.
A 2007 Lexus ES in silver. | Mark Elias/Bloomberg News

According to a nationwide search on Autotrader, spending $10,000 on a used Lexus ES 350 will likely get you a fifth-generation (2007 – 2012) model with many miles on the clock. However, remember that Lexus is renowned for building some of the most reliable and quality cars in the business. Also, that vintage of ES was well-equipped with a V6 engine, high-end features like a leather interior and wood trim, and a premium surround-sound system.

3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Buying a Mercedes-Benz S-Class for under $10,000 might seem like a stretch or a bad idea. But it’s not. Not only are there plenty of early-2000s S-Classes for sale under $10,000 nationwide, but you’re getting a bargain for that kind of money. Keep in mind that S-Class is a full-size sedan with a powerful V8 engine, 4Matic AWD, and a spacious cabin with all the amenities you want.

Some of the notable features include heated leather seating, a premium Bose sound system, and a number of driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control and braking assist. That $10,000 budget doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

4. Acura TL

A front view of the 2008 Acura TL.
A front view of the 2008 Acura TL. | Acura

For $10,000, you can buy a 2007 to 2008 Acura TL. Sure, that might sound old and many examples we found at that price point have a lot of miles on the odometer. However, Acura refreshed the TL for the 2007 model year and gave it plenty of luxury features like heated leather seats, a surround-sound audio system, navigation, and a rearview camera. Additionally, under the hood is a 3.2-liter V6 engine that pushes out 258 hp.

5. Lincoln Town Car

A Lincoln Town Car drives in lower Manhattan
A Lincoln Town Car drives in lower Manhattan. | Chris Hondros/Getty Images

If you want a car that feels like a limo but drives like a normal full-size sedan, then the Lincoln Town Car could be for you. The Town Car stretches 215 inches in length, but with great length comes great features. There’s a large trunk to hold everyone’s stuff, a large V8 engine, and a soft-riding suspension. Other amenities include seating for up to six passengers, navigation, parking sensors, and leather seats. Overall, that’s a pretty good deal for a budget of $10,000.

Used luxury cars for under $10,000

You might not think you can get much of a luxury car for less than $10,000, but it’s possible. Even in today’s market, there are plenty of luxurious gems to be found, some of which have some really nice features. Don’t let your low budget limit you in your search. If anything, these five examples are a good place to start.


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