Some more details would be nice!
Get a retired rental car, like a Kia Rio or Hyundai Accent. It's all that will be in your price range that is relatively reliable. Maybe a Nissan Versa Note or a Toyota Yaris, but otherwise you need to look for a car older than 3 years old. Versa Note is my first pick because it's a little more refined than the other picks. However, the seats are uncomfortable. There will always be a tradeoff with these subcompacts.