The Car Connection's Used Car FindsEnlarge Photo
As we head into the heat of the summer, we think it might be time to head to the beach. And if you need a more beach-friendly vehicle, The Car Connection is your place to research and locate that perfect vehicle.
With millions of used-car listings, and thousands of new vehicle reviews, The Car Connection is your one-stop shop for car shopping. We even have an iPhone and Android app to make sure you can get the information you need while you're on the go.
This week we have just the right vehicles for the beach, because that's where we want to be right now. From a Jeep Wrangler to a convertible Ford Mustang, you'll have a blast cruising in these vehicles.
2003 Subaru Baja used carEnlarge Photo
149,999 miles; $9,493
If you want to take four people to the beach, haul your gear, and cruise in a unique vehicle, this 2003 Subaru Baja is definitely the right vehicle for you. It has a great all-wheel-drive system to get you through the sand to where you're going, and the roof rails will hold your gear, like waterskis or surfboards. This Baja has a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine mated to a manual transmission, making a rare vehicle even more desirable to some people. It's been on the market for just over a month, so we'd suggest you try to negotiate on the price a little. [See more used Subaru Bajas]
2008 Dodge Magnum used carEnlarge Photo
106,486 miles; $9,980
A wagon is always a useful vehicle to take to the beach. It can haul your friends, it can haul all your stuff, and it can even be a great place to use as a changing room if you need to get out of those wet swim trunks. This particular Magnum has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine under the hood and a five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The cloth interior will stay cool in the heat, and the split-folding rear seats give you some flexibility when it comes to cargo. [See more used Dodge Magnums]
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT used carEnlarge Photo
76,337 miles; $5,995
Heading to the beach is fun, and so is this 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT. It's a convertible which means you'll have the wind in your hair, and we love the blue color. It's loaded with power windows, doors, locks, and cruise control. It has a manual transmission and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine letting you feel connected to the car. The ad discloses it was in an accident, but it was professional repaired. This is an easy way to get a good deal. [See more used Chrysler PT Cruisers]
2002 Jeep Wrangler used carEnlarge Photo
98,324, miles; $9,995
Denville, New Jersey
What's more fun than riding to the beach in a Jeep Wrangler with the doors and top off? If you said nothing, then this Wrangler is what you need. It's Solar Yellow which just takes the beach theme to another level in our eyes; and it has a 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, which has a reputation for reliability. The ad states this Wrangler comes both with a soft top and hard top. [See more used Jeep Wranglers]
1998 Ford Mustang used carEnlarge Photo
86,900 miles; $5,997
We have to say, this is one inexpensive, low-mileage Ford Mustang Convertible. It looks to be well taken care of, and it screams summertime at the beach. Drop the top and grab a friend, this pony is ready to leave the stable. It has a a V-6 engine so you won't feel the burn at the pump, and an automatic transmission so you don't have to worry about knowing how to drive stick. [See more used Ford Mustangs]
As always, we highly recommend you have a trusted mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection on any used vehicle before you write a check. It's also a good idea to ask the dealership for the Carfax report.