"Cheap is expensive," is a saying that's been known to apply to many things. Hiring a cheap contractor to fix your home, for example, often will cost more in extra repairs. Buying cheap boots for fall weather will often mean that you'll only wear them for a year.
When it comes to cars, especially buying used cars from a dealership, this is doubly true. However, that doesn't stop millions of people from buying some of the cheapest cars in the world.
American markets are known for loving their pricey cars, and for not skimping on quality. Other countries, though, are known for looking the other way as long as there's some seriously low costs involved.
Wondering what the cheapest cars of 2018 look like? Here's the scoop on the most affordable cars in the world.
This smart car lookalike is manufactured by Tata Motors, one of the many car brands you'll never see in America. This car is known for being the most bare-bones car in modern history, and frankly, it's really not that capable of driving long distances.
The two-cylinder, four-seater car lists a windshield wiper, an enclosed body, and heating. It also has an antenna and Bluetooth entertainment, but lacks any safety features or anti-lock brakes.
At the equivalent of $3,700 for a new model, it's about as bare-bones as a car can be. It's also the cheapest of all the cheapest cars in the world today, most likely because it's undriveable.
When Chery first hit the markets with the QQ model, it sold at a jaw-droppingly low price of around $5,000. The cars were notoriously badly made and quickly became known for being unable to be driven without breaking down almost immediately.
The 2018 version is not much better. At around $9,900, you get a box with wheels that has what the Chery International website officially calls a "Vigorous and Illuminant Digital Instrument" for your dashboard.
Maruti Suzuki (yes, Suzuki being the same brand that makes trucks and motorcyles here) is a conglomerate that has become pretty famous in India for making the cheapest cars in the world. Their 2018 Maruti Suzuki is a prime example of this.
This bare-bones five seater van will cost around $4,000 in the city of New Delhi. For that price, you get from Point A to Point B, no other promises made. Yay?
Renault is one of the foreign car companies that might actually make it to America fairly soon, but is that a good thing? Well, let's look at the new Renault KWID that's been selling in India for around $3,600 for a standard model.
It's one of the cheapest cars in the world, and it shows. The standard model comes with safety belts and child locks—that's it for safety features. It also has a backup camera in some models, but has no radio.
Puzzling? Yeah. A bit. But hey, it comes with 68 horsepower, so this would probably be a luxury sports car in 1965.
Finally! A car brand name we actually see on American streets! Though you might recognize Hyundais on the street, you're probably not going to see an Eon anytime soon.
This car model doesn't have the safety features necessary to make leeway in the American market. Things like anti-lock braking systems and traction controls are not standard here. In fact, anything aside from airbags, seat belts, and air conditioning isn't included either.
The Hyundai Eon is one of the cheapest cars in the world thanks to its current price tag of $5,000.
Datsun isn't really a car brand that most Americans would know, but it did exist in America for a very brief time in the 80s. Then, it became one of the car brands that might come to America once more, if things lines up well.
The Redi-Go is one of the cheapest cars in the world, and it also happens to be one of the only cars Datsun still makes. It's easy to see why. The D model, which retails for $3,500, has no air conditioner, no safety features, and no entertainment.
If you're looking for something that's slightly less potentially lethal and slightly more expensive, you're in luck. Datsun makes a souped-up version of the Redi-Go that still remains among the cheapest cars in the world.
Clocking in at $4,600 for a brand new model, the Datsun Go has features—not many of them, and not good ones, but features nonetheless! It has a remote controlled trunk. That's about it.
Leave it to the Maruti Suzuki Celerio to be one of the cheapest cars with a sporty look to its face. This car costs the equivalent of $5,800 for a brand new base model, and truth be told, it shows. It's got plenty of reviews that show why it's one of the car brands that'll never make it to America.
The LXi model, which is the cheapest version, is equipped with power steering and an air conditioner. If you were hoping for anti-lock brakes, air bags, or safety features, you're out of luck. It's practically a shoebox with wheels. Enjoy!
The Alto K10 is one of the newer siblings to the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800—one of the worst cars ever made, if you'd believe it. At around $4,600 USD for a brand new base model, the Alto K10 definitely lives up to is reputation.
There are really no safety features to speak of, and even a CD player can't be found as a standard feature. However, it has an air conditioner, so you can stay cool while you die in a fender bender. That's fancy, right?
Technically, the Bajaj Qute isn't a car. Rather, it's a "quadricycle," because it doesn't even have windows included in its base model. (Don't worry, they give you film to cover your window with and an upgraded model comes with windows if you're so picky.)
At a price of $1,700 for a new base model, this car-like thing isn't really something you should aspire to buy. Even so, it's getting people away from having to walk everywhere so it can't be that bad.
About the Creator
Detroit-born Buddy Brown is a 80s hair metal fan who loves cars, games, and sports. When he’s not drinking PBR while listening to Downtown Brown, he’s playing Grand Theft Auto or working on his El Camino.