10 affordable cars for real estate agents



First impression matters in any domain! As a real estate agent, if you use your car to get to the houses or apartments you sell, people will look at your car. While that’s not the only thing that matters the buying or renting decision, cars are important for realtors. Here are the top 10 affordable cars for real estate agents.

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Things to consider when choosing your car as a real estate agent

Now, it’s true that in some parts of the US, there are real estate agents who can go to the houses they are showing using Uber. It’s also true that things evolved, and nowadays usually the client and the real estate professional meet at the house.

The real estate agent is not taking the potential client to the houses anymore, which means you don’t really need a big car. But, if you have to put signs in front of a house, for instance, you’ll need some storage space.

Another important thing is to take in consideration who are you working with and what type of property are you offering for sale/rent. Luxury properties mean that you should own a fancy, expensive car and that you should look like someone who can afford that house. You can’t go to a luxury property, in a 10 years old car.

If you are trying to sell a property in middle-income neighborhoods, then you should go for an affordable, middle price car. Take in consideration the fact that you might alienate a client from such a neighborhood if you appear in a luxury car and also that if you service an area where 40-50% own a luxury car and you appear in an old, cheap car, you will appear as non-successful, and you won’t win your client’s trust.

When you decide to purchase or lease a car, also take in consideration the total cost of ownership. Sometimes, a more expensive car might be, in the end, cheaper as the lease my cover maintenance costs and you may also get some tax savings on different make and models.

Finally, take in consideration the terrain and the weather when choosing the car for your real estate business. If the terrain needs and SUV, then you should buy an SUV, if not, then you have a whole range of compact and medium cars to choose from.

What really matters is to keep the car clean, tidy, and in good condition. That helps to make a good first impression. Obviously, this is just the intro, as how you behave, if you listen to your clients, if you show them that you want to be of service to them, and if you make them feel valuable weight even more in interaction.

This article focuses on the best affordable cars for real estate agents, so let’s see the top choices.

10 affordable cars for real estate agents

Toyota Prius

If you travel a lot, then Toyota Prius might be a good option. It’s hybrid, an established brand, and makes a good impression. Yes, it’s not the cheapest one, in terms of acquisition, but it’ll go a long way considering the warranty and good mileage, plus plenty of space for signs and whatnot.

Ford Focus

Ford is a brand that has been used by people from multiple domains from all over the world. The Ford Focus is still one of the cheapest cars for real estate agents – and the newer models have a great design which is a plus, along with the good gas mileage.

Mazda 3

One of the best budget cars for real estate agents – and not only -, Mazda 3 has great gas mileage, a great look, and it’s always been appreciated by owners. The affordable price, great features, and the gas mileage make this model one the top cars for real estate agents.

Tesla Model 3

How come a Tesla model included in an article with affordable cars for realtors? Simple. The Tesla Model 3 might be a better option for you than you have imagined. Yes, it is a luxury car – in many ways – but it is cheaper to own than a Toyota Camry. So, if you are serving neighborhoods where people are into the latest tech and electric cars, then this might be a model to consider.

As a side note, this model is the 9th best selling car in the second quarter of 2019 in the US.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic is another popular car, with important sales in 2019 and in the previous years, many features, futurist design, and good mileage. Add to this the price for it, and you could be tempted to purchase one now.

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevy is a loved brand, and the Chevrolet Cruze is a model that manages to get a lot of sales. With the face lift it got a few years back, Chevrolet Cruze looks good, feels good, is great to drive, and has a good price. All of this make it one of the top cars for real estate agents.

Toyota Corolla

Yes, a second model from Toyota – as this brand has actually many affordable models. With a long history, Toyota Corolla comes with great features and good mileage. It benefits from the same long warranty and there is also a hybrid model available. Definitely consider it when deciding what car to buy.

Kia Forte

Did you know that Korean brands surpass German ones in quality ranking in the car industry? I know, it may be surprising, but it appears to be the truth. With an affordable starting price and several great tech options, Kia Forte could be a good choice for a real estate agent, especially as it is spacious as well. This model was the company’s best selling model in 2017 and is the third best selling one in the US in 2019.

Volkswagen Jetta

If you love German cars, then the Volkswagen Jetta might be a great option for you. It has a good gas mileage, a lot of horsepower for its class, an affordable price and numerous options to choose from.

Hyundai Kona

A bit more expensive than the other cars in this article, Hyundai Kona makes it to the list as it is the North American Utility of the Year and the best subcompact SUV for the money. With an electrical option as well and numerous features, this car should definitely be considered among the top affordable cars for real estate agents who want or need an SUV.

Thi is our list of affordable cars, but we are very curious to see what affordable cars for real estate professionals you recommend, so please let us know in the comments below. What cars do you like, what cars do you recommend, what tips do you have – we are welcoming all tips 🙂

About Violeta-Loredana Pascal

Violeta-Loredana Pascal is a business coach and mentor at her company - AdvanceNowBiz - with more than 15 years of business experience and a background in public relations, marketing and communication. She is passionate about reading, blogging and traveling – see Travel – Moments in Time and Earth's Attractions. Follow her on Twitter - @TravelMoments and @EarthAttract.