How buying salvage cars is the best way to obtain the highest horsepower per dollar spent
Automakers today are pushing out incredible vehicles with high horsepower ratings. One of the most common questions asked is what vehicle has the best horsepower per dollar ratio. Even though some of these cars are budget oriented when new such as the Ford Focus ST, many have starting prices that are way more than the annual income of most of our readers like a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. However, no matter what the MSRP is, the best way to make sure you are getting the best horsepower per dollar is by purchasing a salvage vehicle on RideSafely.com!
RideSafely has been the consumer’s choice for purchasing vehicles at prices that have traditionally only been available to wholesale auto dealers. By consolidating vehicles from hundreds of car auctions on one site, you can easily find the perfect vehicle that has the horsepower per dollar ratio you are looking for.
Let’s take a quick look at Instant “Buy Now” vehicles that are for sale or recently sold on Ridesafely.com that have the best horsepower to cost ratio available today.
1st Subaru Impreza WRX
When the Subaru WRX was first sold in the United States, both dealers and consumers alike were thrilled. With a turbocharged four cylinder engine sending power to all four wheels, this street legal rally car was a huge success over night. For the 2018 model, prices for the WRX start at a reasonable $14,550, but what do you get for that price? To start, a 2.5-liter DOHC Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine that is good for 265 horsepower and sprints to 60 miles per hour in fewer than six seconds. Then, throw in a sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension for good taste.
Currently, there is a Subaru Impreza WRX available for Instant “Buy Now” on Ridesafely.com for a low $8900. At this price, the WRX has a dollar to horsepower ratio of just $33 per horse! The price of this salvage vehicle on Ridesafely.com is low due to the minor front end damage and with around a few thousand dollars in repairs, you can have a road going WRX for less than 50% of current retail price!
2nd Porsche Cayenne GTS
The Porsche Cayenne is one of the fastest, most powerful SUVs on the market. With multiple engines to choose from ranging between a 290 horsepower V6 to a ridiculous twin turbo V8 that produces 500 horses, the Cayenne should be considered a race car for suburbia instead of an SUV. Recently sold on RideSafely.com was a Porsche Cayenne GTS that comes with a massive 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine which produces 405 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine allows the Cayenne GTS to sprint from 0-60 in less than six seconds and obtain a top speed of 153 mph.
New, the GTS had a starting price of $69,200, however this running and driving salvage vehicle with very little cosmetic issues sold for just $20,000! At this price, the 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS has a power to dollar ratio of $49 per unit horsepower! Include all the luxury features and a very low repair cost, this vehicle was an excellent buy.
3rd Plymouth Barracuda
Muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s have been bringing a premium for the past 10-15 years. With the rise of classic car auctions, some of even the most popular, widely produced vehicles of that era are catching high five figure bids. However, with an Instant “Buy Now” price of only $24,900 on Ridesafely.com, you can own one of the iconic muscle cars of the era, a 1973 Plymouth Barracuda! Packed with a 440 cubic inch Six-Pack, this Barracuda not only has the correct engine, but it also looks the part thanks to the custom side stripes with the large “440” painted on both rear quarter panels. While the ‘Cuda sports four matching alloy wheels, the tires in the back are extra-large drag racing style radials for that classic look. Also, according to the seller, there is a custom aluminum radiator and transmission cooler. At the current Instant “Buy Now” price, this 1973 Plymouth Barracuda has a power per dollar ratio of just $63! Take into consideration that these Barracudas are continuing to appreciate, and the possible return on this vehicle might even beat your 401k.
4th Ram 3500 Tradesman
Not interested in horsepower, but you need something with gobs of torque to tow a trailer? Consider the 2013 Ram 3500 Dually Tradesman. With a powerful 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel engine that makes 385 horsepower and a staggering 800 pound-feet of torque, this truck can tow a class-leading 30,000 pounds!
Right now on Ridesafely.com, a 2013 Ram 3500 Dually Tradesman can be purchased for just $25,400 using the Instant “Buy Now”. This salvage truck does have minor front bumper, left fender, and rear bed damage, but it runs and drives with no stated issues. At this current price, this 3500 has a torque to dollar ratio of just $32 per foot-pound of torque!
5th Maserati Granturismo
If it sounds like a Ferrari, drives like a Ferrari, and looks like a Ferrari, it must be a Ferrari, right? The 2014 Maserati GranTurismo was the first car to reintroduce the brand back into the limelight using all Ferrari parts including a powerful 4.2-liter 396 horsepower engine, an F1 paddle shifting transmission, and a race proven suspension. However, with a low starting MSRP of $98,172, it propelled Maserati into a major contender against high priced exotic cars.
The Maserati GranTurismo is by no means a race car due to its luxury amenities that bring the curb weight to a larger than life 3700 pounds, but thanks to the Ferrari motor, it can do 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds. The GranTurismo also has a top speed of 180 miles per hour.
Ridesafely.com is the consumer’s choice for purchasing salvage vehicles and they currently has a 2014 Maserati GranTurismo listed on Instant “Buy Now” for just $23,000. This Maserati does have minor suspension and undercarriage damage that would need to be addressed before driving, but since this vehicle was mass produced, parts are not extremely hard to find. At just $58 per horsepower for an Italian exotic, this Maserati will fulfill anyone’s exotic car bucket list and a fraction of the cost.
6th Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged
Are sport utilities more your style? Take a look at the recently added Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged on Ridesafely.com for an Instant “Buy Now” price of $16,400. With a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that makes 510 horsepower, the power to cost ratio on this luxury SUV is just over $51 per horsepower.
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged offers excellent style, refined driving behaviors both on and off-road, plus one of the most powerful engines available in a luxury SUV. Throw in the Range Rover name, the large 20-inch alloy wheels, and very little cosmetic repair necessary, everyone will think your low cost Range Rover is actually three times more expensive than you actually paid to purchase the vehicle and complete the necessary repairs.
7th Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
One of the most desired vehicles around the globe is a Chevrolet Corvette. With its powerful engine, great looks, and unmatched reliability, these are great high performance cars for both the everyday man and Wall Street executives. Right now on Ridesafely.com, you can purchase a 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible for just $1,700! Thanks to a large 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 230 horsepower, this Vette has a power to cost ratio of just $7 per horsepower!
For the 1986 model year convertible, all Corvettes came standard with the Indy 500 plaque thanks to this model being the first Corvette convertible since 1975. All 1986 Vettes also came with the third brake light, anti-lock brakes, electronic climate control, and the advanced key-code anti-theft system.
8th Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Cars and trucks not your style? Consider purchasing a salvage motorcycle from Ridesafely.com. A great buy today at an Instant “Buy Now” price of just $4850 is a 2005 Suzuki GSX1300R, also known as the Hyabusa. The Suzuki Hayabusa, for those that don’t know, is one of the fastest street legal motorcycles in the world. The large 1.3-liter 4-stroke in-line four-cylinder engine produces 162 horsepower and 99 pound-feet of torque. These massive numbers allow this ultra-light bike to blast from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and have a top speed of 188 miles per hour!
Even though this particular bike does have a bit of damage to both sides due to it being dropped, this Hyabusa does start without any issues. Throw in the extended arm, custom wheels, and a custom exhaust, at an amazing $30 per horsepower, this is an excellent buy.
9th Seadoo GTI Personal Watercraft
Looking to get wet? You can also purchase watercrafts on Ridesafely.com! With a powerful 718 cubic inch Rotax engine that produces 85 horsepower, a 2002 Seadoo GTI Personal Watercraft is exactly what you are looking for. This two person Jet Ski also comes with a single axle trailer for very easy towing. Thanks to the low Instant “Buy Now” price of just $3300, this Seadoo has a power to dollar ratio of $40 per horsepower! That ratio equals instant fun at your local lake, river, or ocean.
10th Arctic Cat Crossfire Snowmobile
Are you getting excited for winter yet? If not, you might want to consider purchasing a snowmobile on Ridesafely.com. For example, there is currently a Arctic Cat Crossfire Snowmobile on Instant “Buy Now” for just $2,800. At just over $19 per horsepower, this is one of the best deals available for a snowmobile.
The Arctic Cat Crossfire came standard with a 794 cubic inch 2-stroke 2-cylinder Suzuki engine that produces 142 horsepower. Also, with 9.2-inches of front suspension travel and 42-44 inches of ski stance, the Crossfire has everything it takes to get you over the hill and through the woods during the deep winter snow.