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Shade
07-06-2008, 07:55 PM
I'm moving out in a few days and am currently car-less. Does anyone know of a place to get a car for around $1000 or less that is not complete crap? I've been looking around locally, talking to friends/family, and checking out Craig's List, but so far to no avail.

campy
07-06-2008, 08:03 PM
I have a '87 ford thunderbird that is a good car for 500 dollars. The problem would be it is in Northeastern Colorado.

Shade
07-06-2008, 08:04 PM
I have a '87 ford thunderbird that is a good car for 500 dollars. The problem would be it is in Northeastern Colorado.

How much for shipping? :eyebrow:

Stryder
07-06-2008, 08:11 PM
Good luck. You get what you pay for.

Kstat
07-06-2008, 09:02 PM
$1000? You better find someone desperate to sell if you want a decent car for that price.

Shade
07-06-2008, 09:04 PM
I'm not looking for anything amazing. Just something that doesn't require major repairs on top of the $1000.

Anthem
07-06-2008, 10:34 PM
Does it have to be a car?

Scooter might be a good way to go, if it's not too far.

Shade
07-06-2008, 10:45 PM
Does it have to be a car?

Scooter might be a good way to go, if it's not too far.

I've actually considered that, but scooter on the highway = :suicide2:.

Bball
07-06-2008, 10:50 PM
1000.00?? With gas prices like they are you should be able to find an SUV no problem! ;)

-Bball

Trader Joe
07-07-2008, 12:08 AM
I've actually considered that, but scooter on the highway = :suicide2:.

A one thousand dollar car on the highway is just as big a death trap.

SoupIsGood
07-07-2008, 12:29 AM
Moving out of Indy?

Pig Nash
07-07-2008, 12:35 AM
I don't think so.

Kstat
07-07-2008, 12:42 AM
A one thousand dollar car on the highway is just as big a death trap.

Yep.

Either find someone willing to give you a huge discount, or lease a car.

A market value $1000 car is playing games with your life, that is unless you're willing to put into it the same amount that you paid for it to make it safe.

If you really feel the need to own a car, then take out a small loan.

Shade
07-07-2008, 12:55 AM
A one thousand dollar car on the highway is just as big a death trap.

I've been driving < $1000 cars on the highway my entire life. :devil:

Shade
07-07-2008, 12:56 AM
If you really feel the need to own a car, then take out a small loan.

I'm actually considering this option as well. I just can't afford anything too expensive, as insurance payments would own my ***.

But I've been driving crappy cars my entire life.

JayRedd
07-07-2008, 01:32 AM
How bout this one? Maybe you could trade the scooter for it straight up.

http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/features/cars/34.jpg

Shade
07-07-2008, 01:46 AM
That would be a step up from what I've been driving.

A significant one, actually.

Trader Joe
07-07-2008, 08:38 AM
Well, the way I look at it is that any car you are going to get for $1,000 is going to be extremely unreliable and probably also get horrible gas mileage. So in the long run its very likely the cost to own this $1,000 car is going to be quite a bit more than what you are anticipating and makes it a decent decision to lease a car for three years or so. Kia, Hyundai, Suzuki, etc. all have pretty reasonable leasing rates.

Here are a couple cars to look at:

Hyundai Accent (Don't know how you feel about hatchbacks, but this will have a sticker of roughly 10 grand. )
http://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/accent/2008/review.html

Kia Rio
http://www.edmunds.com/new/2008/kia/rio/100952730/prices.html

Bball
07-07-2008, 12:11 PM
I thought the experts recommended staying away from auto leases?
"Fleases"

-BBall

dewman_32
07-07-2008, 12:17 PM
Shade, your best bet is to go to an auto auction. If you can find a dealer auction that's open to the public, that's your best bet. A few years ago, I bought a beat up Dodge P/U truck for $400. I put another $450 in it for new tires and brakes and drove it for 2 1/2 years before selling it.

duke dynamite
07-07-2008, 01:02 PM
Shade, your best bet is to go to an auto auction. If you can find a dealer auction that's open to the public, that's your best bet. A few years ago, I bought a beat up Dodge P/U truck for $400. I put another $450 in it for new tires and brakes and drove it for 2 1/2 years before selling it.
I would go to a Police surplus auction. You can get used Grand Victoria Police Interceptors for under $1000.

They still come with the spotlight, too.

ajbry
07-07-2008, 01:21 PM
Yep.

Either find someone willing to give you a huge discount, or lease a car.

A market value $1000 car is playing games with your life, that is unless you're willing to put into it the same amount that you paid for it to make it safe.

If you really feel the need to own a car, then take out a small loan.

I wholeheartedly agree... If you really need to get a car, consider every possible option you may have rather than settling. It might not seem like a great idea in the short-term (like taking out a small loan) but in the long-term you'll be a lot better off.

Since86
07-07-2008, 01:26 PM
I'm actually considering this option as well. I just can't afford anything too expensive, as insurance payments would own my ***.

But I've been driving crappy cars my entire life.

Working at a State Farm office, I could run you quotes on anything (that is if you have no less than an accident and maybe a ticket).

Seriously though, if you have a clean record big companies are lowering their rates, especially new business. I say big because safeauto and that kind of crappy company, literally are crap.

Gyron
07-07-2008, 01:28 PM
Shade, I did some online searches for you and here's what I was able to find in your price range:

1. This one has a "plush" interior....
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/220/510983832_67a2d69637_m.jpg

2. This one comes with great fuel economy.
http://www.jalopnik.com/cars/images/ugly_car.jpg

3. This one is a collector's dream....
http://www.pjlighthouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/crazy-funny-car-05.jpg

4. This one may not be available anymore....
http://www.nikdaum.com/kauai/kau14.jpg

5. This one seems to have some nice accessories for you.
http://www.autocult.com.au/img/gallery/MeatAxe120.jpg

6. This one is offering half off the asking price(Burro not included)
http://www.funny-games.biz/images/pictures/110-funny-car.jpg

7. The seller claims this one comes with a crap load of stuff.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x67/davesurfer/crappycar.jpg

8. This one has a newly refurbished convertible top.
http://blog.everydayscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/car-crushed-earthquake.jpg

9. With the current state of gas prices, this one can really haul and the owner is offering a deal for it...
http://www.up.ac.za/organizations/movup/images/minefun/indian_haul_truck.jpg

10. In the end though, this is probably the route for you....
http://www.gadgetizer.com/images/bigwheelpimp.jpg

JayRedd
07-07-2008, 01:43 PM
Or...

http://images.quickblogcast.com/18684-17848/bigwheel.jpg

MagicRat
07-07-2008, 01:49 PM
http://chaos.able-towers.com/%7Emagicrat/btownvan.jpg

btowncolt
07-07-2008, 02:10 PM
Wondered when that would make an appearance.

That beast is not for sale. There is room in the passenger seat if you needed a ride. Of any kind.

:woot:

travmil
07-07-2008, 02:19 PM
This is why I love PD. When a situation calls for a serious response, our membership goes in the opposite direction with hilarious results.

Here ya go I think the AC works...
http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/images/2008/03/19/car_5.jpg

Gyron
07-07-2008, 02:46 PM
I love the convenient storage location for the back bumper.

Trader Joe
07-07-2008, 02:57 PM
Shade, I just looked at Cars.com for vehicles under a grand within 100 miles of Indianapolis and there were only 21 results, and about five of those were old trucks with V8s that would just be a horrible investment for you at this point in time. All of the cars were cracking 200,000 miles on them which is just asking for stuff to go wrong.

To be honest the best car of the whole bunch was this one
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp;?tracktype=usedcc&searchType=22&pageNumber=0&numResultsPerPage=50&largeNumResultsPerPage=0&sortorder=descending&sortfield=PRICE+descending&certifiedOnly=false&criteria=K-%7cE-ALL%7cB-1000%7cH-%7cN-N%7cR-100%7cI-1%7cP-PRICE+descending%7cQ-descending%7cX-popular%7cZ-46202&aff=national&paId=279332834&recnum=6&leadExists=true
http://view.admission.net/abc/carsads/_CARSADS_00d823992c2345caff185ea38c724cf7/i-3.JPG?

Its a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse being sold in Covington, KY. Its listed at $950. Its got 182,000 miles on it, but it also has a manual transmission which is very risky in a car with that kind of mileage on it.
There was a mid 80's Benz with not too bad mileage, BUT it doesn't run.
And that is basically the story with every other car on there, it either....
1.) Doesn't run for some unknown reason.
2.) Doesn't have an engine.
3.) Has major damage to the body.
4.) 200,000+ mileage

Its just gonna be really hard to find anything good in that price range.

Gyron
07-07-2008, 02:59 PM
You need an engine? Well that changes everything!

Slick Pinkham
07-07-2008, 03:06 PM
show your Pacer pride


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_lx9Ay2YjG10/RxJMrfs7o5I/AAAAAAAABxQ/uJh4alCJyTk/Pacer+%22AMC%22.jpg

MyFavMartin
07-07-2008, 05:02 PM
local paper. trust gut instinct on the person as to whether they're trustworthy.

if all else, you're only out a grand.

an old geo would be good on the gas budget.

Shade
07-07-2008, 08:02 PM
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I'm looking into some of those (police car auction, small loan, etc.).

I don't have much money, don't have a credit card, and am a full time college student with two outstanding loans already, so I'm trying to live within my means.

Once I get a (hopefully) better job after I graduate in December, I'll look to upgrade to something better, but right now I just need a cheapy that can get me through the next year or so. $1000 is all I have, so that's my budget, sadly. :shrug:

idioteque
07-07-2008, 08:15 PM
I would try to find a way to get a care for 2-3k if it is in any way possible.

Why? I sold a car to my friend as is once for 1k, the transmission broke pretty fast and it turned out being a 3k investment. So it would be terrible if you spent 1k on the car, couldn't afford to fix it, and well look you just wasted 1,000 dollars.

Shade
07-07-2008, 08:17 PM
I would try to find a way to get a care for 2-3k if it is in any way possible.

Why? I sold a car to my friend as is once for 1k, the transmission broke pretty fast and it turned out being a 3k investment. So it would be terrible if you spent 1k on the car, couldn't afford to fix it, and well look you just wasted 1,000 dollars.

Yeah, that is my biggest fear. And if that were to happen, I'd be completely screwed. I don't get nearly enough hours at my job as it is. I'm basically living off of my savings and loans.

Every car I've had has cost me under $1000, but I've also been fortunate enough to get them through connections (friends, family, etc.). But this time, everyone I know is drawing a blank.

One thing I may consider is accepting a small unsubsidized loan from school, if the interest rate is lower than it would otherwise be with a bank loan. I already have a couple of subsidized loans outstanding from school.

grace
07-07-2008, 09:06 PM
I've been driving < $1000 cars on the highway my entire life. :devil:

When I saw your last car I was shocked it actually moved.

Shade
07-07-2008, 09:10 PM
When I saw your last car I was shocked it actually moved.

Enough so to drive fear into the hearts of BCF patrons, anyway. :devil:

Trader Joe
07-08-2008, 12:46 AM
Yeah, that is my biggest fear. And if that were to happen, I'd be completely screwed. I don't get nearly enough hours at my job as it is. I'm basically living off of my savings and loans.

Every car I've had has cost me under $1000, but I've also been fortunate enough to get them through connections (friends, family, etc.). But this time, everyone I know is drawing a blank.

One thing I may consider is accepting a small unsubsidized loan from school, if the interest rate is lower than it would otherwise be with a bank loan. I already have a couple of subsidized loans outstanding from school.

Shade, I really think buying a $1000 car at this point in time is a bigger hassle than you want to get into. I have a lot of friends who have bought cars in that price range recently, and most of them have had a major problem pretty quickly. If you get lucky and find a really great deal or if you get one through a connection then go for it. Otherwise I wouldn't get the $1000 car just to get the $1000 car.

travmil
07-08-2008, 08:41 AM
Shade in all seriousness here's your best bet:

Shop for a car in the 3k-4k range, take out a small loan, and use your grand as a down payment so that you only have to finance 2k-3k. For a 36 month note that keeps your payments in the $60-$90 a month range. I checked with my credit union and they currently offer loans on used cars as old as the 1998 model year and the best rate you can get on one that old is 7.69%. You'll have to go through a bank and not JD Byrider or some other such place that treats car purchases like a credit card and charges 29.99% interest and jumps it to 40% if you're 30 seconds late. I understand about the budget I really do, I was a broke college student once too. But trust me you will have to get REALLY lucky for a $1k car to pay off in any way.

campy
07-10-2008, 10:53 PM
I hear you can get big dollars in Mexico for body parts so if you are not too found of one of your kidneys I would give that a try.

MagicRat
07-10-2008, 11:40 PM
The Bottle Rockets probably said it best, but I can't find a youtube version of it. This'll have to do......

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travmil
07-11-2008, 04:50 PM
Shade I live out east near Cumberland and there is a Dodge Shadow for $1200 that someone is selling down the street from me. Body looks decent from the road at least. If you're still in the market or even interested I could get the number for you when I drive by there again.

Gyron
07-11-2008, 05:23 PM
Most importantly, does it have a good front bumber that can break through glass doors of.....say a retailer similar to BCF?