In the backdrop of this economic climate, the need to purchase a buy here pay here car on a budget reshuffles your criteria and expectations. Most noteworthy are now cost, and reliability. While pushing each dollar further may seem daunting, as luck would have it, purchasing a cheap used car below $15,000 or even $10,000 need not mean a sacrifice of desirable features.

Cheap buy here pay here cars today introduce a range of exciting possibilities: low cost vehicles that do more than take you from point A to point B. In addition, many of these low budget vehicles are made with safety in mind- some have even won safety awards.

Below, we touch upon some cheap used cars which are worth a look:

The 2006 Acura RSX is a sports car, with precise handling and a powerful 160 or 210 hp 4 cylinder engine under the hood. Great performance and fuel economy, for under $10,000.

The robust and reliable 2011 Ford Crown Victoria has a 4.6 liter V8 and offers a roomy interior, though as expected isn’t as fuel efficient as smaller sedans. But it more than makes up for this in terms of comfort and stability. For under $10000 you could do much worse.

For an SUV, a 2007 Ford Escape is a great bargain for its utilitarian, touch reliability, and lots of great features included. You can choose V6 for power, or Hybrid for fuel economy. Either way, its not a bad choice for under $10000.

Another SUV worth a look is the 2005 Toyota RAV4. Its compact features, great fuel economy (both manual and automatic) with lots of horse power for a budget of under $10000.

The reliable 2006 Infiniti G35 offers luxurious leather seats, alloy wheels, keyless starting, a navigation system and much more. All this for under $10,000.

The popular 2012 Nissan Versa is fuel efficient and comes in different styles. Its a solid, reliable no frills vehicle for its under $10000 price

In need of family transportation? The 2006 Toyota Sienna is a great minivan with a powerful V6 engine and lots of space- a great buy for under $10000.

The 2009 Ford Focus sedan (34 highway mpg) comes in both a coup and sedan, starting at $15000 and $16000 respectively. It has many options and is an extremely popular vehicle with great gas mileage.

The inexpensive 2009 Scion XD (33 highway mpg) is can be customized and can be purchased for around $15000.

The 2009 Honda Civic (33 highway mpg) gets great gas mileage and starts at around $15000, available as a coupe or a slightly more expensive sedan.

The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan (28 mpg highway) is priced around $14000, and is named IIHS Top Safety Pick.

2009 Toyota Tacoma (22 highway mpg) at around $15000 is a great value for its class, and in addition was named IIHS Top Safety Pick of 2009.

The Kia Spectra sedan (31 highway mpg) costs around 14000. The Kia Forte should offer similar pricing.

Similar in appearance to the Toyota Camry, the Toyota Corolla (33 highway mpg) was one of the top safety picks for 2009, and is a best seller. A 2010 model should go for around $15000.

Whatever type of vehicle you’re interested, whether it be low budget buy here pay here car, truck, suv, luxury car, there is a cheap vehicle for you that performs well, is reliable and is safe.. Hopefully these ideas will get you closer to finding the vehicle you need.