Trying to find cheap used cars in Virginia? It is possible to buy a good car or truck under $5000 in Virginia. Here is a common rule: take the amount you earn annually and divide by 10. Don’t spend more than this on a cheap car or truck. If you make $45,995 per year (the average income per person in Virginia), you should get a used car that costs just $4,600. Some cars with high mileage are better than others. Consumer Reports is a terrific resource when it comes to which used vehicles would be best. You can look at NADA Guides (NADA.com) to determine Virginia used car prices.