Should I get a super cheap, old car?
I just moved to the Los Angeles area from Boston, and I haven't driven since high school. I don't know much about cars, except that I seem to need one now. I only have around $2000 or less to spend, and the only cars I can get at that price are either
1. Mediocre cars that are around 10-15 years old
2. "Good" cars that are 15+ years old
I'm only interested in buying from an owner, paying for it at all times.
What are the risks with getting such a car, and is it worth it? I'm just afraid that it'll rack up costs in repairs, or worse- explode while I'm on the street... Is it worth it? If not, what should I do? I can really only afford this much... there are 1987 cars listed at $800 on craigslist from people who say they are moving away, and I'm sorely tempted.
- webjnke1Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Cars that cheap ($800) you end up fixing all the time and spending tons of money in repairs.
- jbLv 41 decade ago
I suggest that you take a look into getting a scooter instead
of an old car. A brand new scooter may only be about $2000 and
they get about 50 miles to the gallon. Plus a new scooter should
have a warranty so you wont have to worry about repairs. It is much more sunnier in LA than Boston.
However, if you prefer to get a cheap old car, you have to consider many factors such as:
* What year is it?
* How many miles are on it?
* Has it been in an accident?
* Does it need tires now or soon?
* How many owners has it had?
* Is the windshield cracked?
* What gas mileage does it get?
* Does it pass emissions?
* If it's really old, is it hard to replace the parts?
You have the right to have a used car checked by a mechanic before you buy it. You should definitely try to do that.
You never know. You may just get lucky with a good deal on a old cheap car. Think about the scooter, though. Take one for a test drive.
- moLv 51 decade ago
I would suggest you get a Japanese car, preferrably a Honda or Toyota. They will last you a lifetime. You dont have to go back all the way to 1987, you can find a 96 accord and older for $2000 and less.
- kelly_f_1999Lv 71 decade ago
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