It’s that time of year when dealers offer big discounts on new cars (sometimes). As a result, thousands of families have decided to sell their old cars rather than trade them in.

At first, it may be easy to find a car with the best safety features for this kind of cash. You’ll find that $5,000 is out of reach. To that end, we believe that concentrating on highly reliable vehicles may be the right strategy.

Something like a used Honda Civic is probably an easy choice. Finding one from the mid-to-late 2000s on a budget isn’t that hard. Later models in that group also benefit from side curtain airbags. In fact, most Hondas are worthy of consideration thanks to their rugged nature.

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    $5,000: Find the perfect car for your teen's first car

A similar vote is expected for Lexus, Acura and Toyota cars. They almost always seem to bridge the gap between reliability and as much safety equipment as anyone can ask for on a budget. . To reach that goal, you’ll probably have to look for something from Chevrolet, Ford, or Dodge.

As a non-parent, I am entitled to choose without prejudice and I think choosing this 2004 Jeep Wrangler on eBay is the right way to go. With a quick buy price of just $5,000, it comes with a manual transmission and his legendary 4.0-liter straight-six engine. It performs well in the snow and is easy to repair when broken. It may retain its value for years.

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But what do you think? What’s the best under $5,000 car a teen can find? Tell us what it is and why it’s the best in the comments below!

    $5,000: Find the perfect car for your teen's first car