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In this market you can’t buy a puddle of shit for 2 grand


Rosebunse

Sadly, this is true. Now, I'm not saying it's not possible, but everyone is buying vehicles right now. It's nuts. I do think OP can do it if they keep looking and focus on some private sellers, but it's gonna take a minute.


Distributor127

We used to get buicks with the 3800 engine for $300-$500. Those are getting old now. We've had good luck with crown vics. We've had a couple s10 trucks we got for very cheap that lasted good


aviaate350A

Very nice! What was the best?


Distributor127

I really liked those buicks, still have one for a spare. Its supercharged so the plates and insurance are high tho. The crown vics blow intakes and the spark plug threads can be a problem. Last one we had ran good at 250,000 when it got smashed tho. We usually can find one deal a year that we can't turn down. It saves so much money.


aviaate350A

Amazing, where do you typically look?


Distributor127

Everywhere. Those old buicks used to have coil pack or ignition modules issues. All easy to change. Some people just want to get rid of cars when they have such problems. We would kind of come across them from tome to time. I spotted a real old chevy on the side of the road for $500 a few years ago. Offered $400 and got it. Needed a bunch of brake lines. A lot of times people want to get rid of a car or know someone with a car they want to get rid of. Gf found an explorer with a weak fuel pump a few years ago for cheap. It takes a lot of looking.


Distributor127

Everywhere. Those old buicks used to have coil pack or ignition modules issues. All easy to change. Some people just want to get rid of cars when they have such problems. Spotted a real old chevy on the side of the road for $500 a few years ago. Offered $400 and got it. Needed a bunch of brake lines. A lot of times people want to get rid of a car or know someone with a car they want to get rid of. Gf found an explorer with a weak fuel pump a few years ago for cheap. It takes a lot of looking.


nip9

Saturn Aura/Pontiac G6. Both are discontinued brands version of the Chevy Malibu. Are they top notch cars? Nope, but they are perfectly average cars with virtually zero demand on the used car market. So that means for ~$2k you can buy one that is comparable to a ~$8k Accord or Camry. They are easy to work on and cheap parts are widespread so it is affordable to fix when something does break too.


Rosebunse

I was in a similar boat. I upped my overall budget to 4k and people still thought I was crazy for looking at such cheap cars, but I did it. It was tough, though. You pretty much have to go to every lot in town. Don't get the cheapest thing you can find, be picky, it's OK. A lot of people are gonna tell you that it's impossible to find a car this cheap, but they are wrong. You just have to keep looking and do not let anyone talk you into something higher than you want.


aviaate350A

1000 percent!


Rosebunse

Also, just assume that you are gonna need a new car battery. Cars at that price always need a new battery.


aviaate350A

What’s the craziest purchase you’ve seen for 1000 to 1500 how long did it last?


Rosebunse

I don't know. The thing is, a lot of lots advertised that they had cars for cheap, then when you got to the lot the car wouldn't be "sold" and they would try and get you to buy something more expensive. I had one salesmen who just kept calling me, though. Like, he wouldn't stop.


aviaate350A

That’s too funny lol


Rosebunse

It was very annoying, especially since this meant I was running all over town to find an elusive "car" that didn't exist.


MeDixonCider

I would recommend focusing on the model more than anything. Altima’s, Camry’s, Tacoma’s all live forever from my experience. Older Buick’s are hardy and tough too. High mileage but you could find something in your price range person to person. Any immediate repairs should be minimal because these cars are built well. <- just my opinion I’m no mechanic or engineer. Just do a lot of driving.


aviaate350A

Terrific! What routes are best fb marketplace?


MeDixonCider

That or Craigslist to start. If you’re desperate try just walking in and asking a small mechanic shop. They may know people looking for buyers


crazycatladyinpjs

Toyota carrollas last practically forever


ickysam

How good are you with working on cars? When you buy a car in that range you're taking a huge risk it will totally crap out the next day and there's nothing you can do about it.


aviaate350A

I have a good mechanic but myself I’m not bad just don’t have the tools


Azul0l

I'd try the nearest local auto auction, or an auto auction in the largest city to you.