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Chevrolet Corvette : Used

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Justin Pritchard
C5, C6 should be subjected to dealer inspection before purchase
Model: Chevrolet Corvette : Used

Vehicle Type:
Performance Coupe / Convertible

The Verdict
: Other than some fluid leaks, issues with a C5 or C6 Corvette will likely be related to electronics or the durability of interior parts. Shop carefully, and consider a mechanical and electronical inspection mandatory ahead of your purchase.

PriceOf A Used Chevrolet Corvette: Asking prices for an earlier C5 model Vette with some mileage start well below $20,000, with many later-model C5s landing in the low- to mid-$20,000 range. A C6 model can be had in the low $20,000 range with some miles; with a wide range of low-mileage models coming in between $30,000 and $40,000.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 3/4 front view
Photo: Michel Deslauriers

What Owners Like: Performance, styling, heritage, relative ease-of-use, and acceleration were the big draws to the last two generations of Corvette, according to many owners. Fuel mileage is also highly rated.

What Owners Dislike: Common complaints of the last-generation Corvette models include cheap interior trim materials, limited storage space, and a rough ride. Stereo system performance was often considered a weakness, too.

History/Description Of The Used Chevrolet Corvette: In the used marketplace, the last 2 generations of Chevrolet Corvette are becoming appealing ways to access a high-performance car for a relatively low price. All Vettes were rear-wheel drive, available with automatic or manual transmissions and powered by a V8 engine. Early C5 models came with 345 horsepower as standard, while the C6 generation model, which launched for 2005, got 400.

Feature content included air conditioning, push-button start, navigation, power accessories, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, and plenty more.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible engine
Photo: Michel Deslauriers
Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
Automotive expert