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  1. Dave Shoop

    Dave Shoop Member

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    **** not purchased from relative.

    What was the least expensive car purchase you've made that turned out being money well spent. I needed a car and being a college student working a low paying summer job my options were not good. My boss decided he would sell me his 1965 Chevy Biscayne 4 door in light green. He sold it to me for $250.00.

    This car turned out to be the best car dollar for dollar car I've ever owned. Never put a penny into repairs. Every couple of weeks I would get a coat hanger and wire the exhaust up.
     
  2. Multicellular

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    From the spreadsheet I started to keep after the 2nd car hit my truck leading to insurance payouts that I never fixed. One repair ever. I'm not counting regular maintenance things, though I only replaced the tires once. It looked like hell after 15 years, but you can't beat what amounts to $10 a month car payments. I put around 200k miles on it.

    1998 bought Nissan Pickup $4275
    2001 hit by lady turning -800
    2003 hit in parking lot by big truck -400
    2004 water pump +180
    2012 hit by Verizon truck -1200
    2013 sold for scrap -250
    Sum = $1805
    /15 $120.3
    /12 $10.02
     
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  3. fredgarvin

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    I traded a sawed off 12 gauge and a Coleman canoe for a 1973 Datsun pickup. It ran ok and had fur covering the dash.
     
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    Bought a 1983 Ford Escort. As these cars were prone to do, the key for the timing gear had sheared off. The owner parked it at a friends house and it sat there for 6 years. Not know weather the valves had been damaged I threw out an offer of $50. The owner said he wasn't going to take that little and the person who's land it was on chimed in "Oh yes you are." Replaced the timing gear and key for $25 from the junkyard and drove the car a year before flipping it to my brother for $400.
     
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    I bought a 69 Firebird around 1977 or so for $600. The owner thought it had real problems, but it just needed a tuneup. Ran great for 4 or 5 years.
     
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    I bought an '81 Monte Carlo for $200 with a thoroughly worn out engine. I rebuilt a 350 I had sitting in my garage and threw it in for another $500 or so, and ran it for another 30k before selling it for $250.

    My current beater ('04 Crown Vic Police Interceptor) cost a bit more, but at $4k, it has been a comfortable, rock solid commuting (360 miles roundtrip) beater for the last 2 years, and I harbor no guilt about leaving it in airport parking lots half the month.
     
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    I bought a 1964 Impala SS with a 327/300 for 100 bucks.Drove it for quite some time.Gave it to a buddy, who parked it in
    a field for about ten years and someone spotted it , bought it and restored it.
     
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    In 1996 I bought a one owner 1970 Nova from an old lady that only drive it to the post office and grocery store. 40k original miles, $1100. It was my daily driver(I even delivered pizza in it for a while) till '03 when I sold it to my little brother, he drove it till '11 and then sold it to my dad who still drives regularly. I'm hoping my son is next in line!
     
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  9. Dave Shoop

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    the Nova was a great car. You got your monies worth on that one.
     
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    I still buy cheap cars... recently, I bought a crashed 1994 Buick Le Sabre from a very old lady for $250. She had run into a ditch and tore the control arm off. Also broke the tire & wheel. Since I can repair this stuff myself, I bought the control arm and wheel at a salvage yard, bought other parts online, and when the car was ready, I gave it to my 17 year old daughter. Car has only 117,000 miles, and runs great.

    Car + towing $335.00
    Salvage yard parts $70.00
    Online new parts $40.00
    New Struts $135.00
    2 tires $140.00
    Alignment $65.00
    ________

    Total... $785.00


    (I don't run in the same circles as Minte...)
     
  11. 27sauce

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    I even made money on it! I was leaving a car show an was at the end of 4 car wreck, involving 3 of the show cars. 16 yo girl in a truck rear ended a VW bus, that went in to a '62 impala, that went in to me. Bent bumper, and the neck of my fuel tank broke, spilling fuel. Insurance totaled it, and I got 3k. Bought it back for $600!
     
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    I paid $50.00 for a 1971 Ford Country Squire wagon that lasted me through my college years, highlighted by many acts of stupidity.
     
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    1977 Honda Civic 1500cc I got it in the mid 90s for a day's work. It was hideous looking but ran well for years. It had no power. Me and my brother got pulled by a cop for speeding in it one time and we both started laughing so hard we were crying. My brother was driving and gave the cop the keys and told him to try to get it to the speed he said we were going in the distance we were driving. (It was at the mouth of a dead end street, so there was a very limited distance we could have been driving.) He just let us go.
     
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    I bought a 1961 Volvo 122S for $50 from my across the street neighbor in 1976. I think it had about 200,000 miles on it. I put another 50,000 miles on it in 3 years, never had to do anything to it except tighten the bolts on top of the dual 1bbl Stromberg carbs, tune it up and change the oil. I ended up selling it for the same $50 I paid for it to a friend of a friend. Somewhere, I bet that car is still driving around...

    <edit> Just found this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Volvo-Other...tr=true&hash=item43dd4e2930&item=291475695920

    Man, that dude must be high as a kite...
     
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    I paid $300 for a 1964 Rambler American 330, which was (if I remember correctly) only about five or six years old at the time, and had very low miles. It was a simple car except it had a three speed overdrive transmission. That was a great car and lasted me for well over 100,000 miles with essentially no mechanical work needed. It got me through college and into my working life. It finally developed a problem with the transmission and wouldn't shift into reverse. I managed to get it to a Toyota dealership who advertised that if you could drive it onto the lot, they'd give you $xxx in trade. So it finally got replaced with a 76 Toyota Corolla, which was another bulletproof car, but that's another post.
     
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    I got a '64 Impala 4 door, probably the same light green as your '65, for something like $ 50 because my friend Hal wanted to trade it in when he bought his 440 Challenger and the salesman offered him $ 50. I just told Hal "hey, I'll give you that" and though I already had 2 cars, I figured, if it'll make my friend happy, why not?

    I replaced the starter, the water pump, repainted it real nicely, replaced the tires with Dunlops (awful) and repaired a compression leak between cylinders 2 and 3, and replaced some of the exhaust. Etc. Eventually sold it for $ 500 after maybe 18 months. But I can't say other than it is always good to keep honing your car painting skills, that it was worth all the trouble. Although, with those giant seats it was way better for dates than my little Austin was.

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    You know, in a way I'm prouder of these low mileage Saab 9-5s of about 10 years of age I've been finding lately for $ 5,000 and up. With the full turbo iron block 2.3 liter motor. 33 mpg, nice sound system, pretty fast, all the safety equipment you really need and capable of posh cruising for hours and hours at 80 mph. They're worthless to anyone who doesn't know all the tricks of keeping them going, but there's something very secure about leaving a $ 5,000 and not a $ 45,000 vehicle at that remote trail head. When I'm hiking or kayaking out in the middle of nowhere, I don't really want a target painted on the doors of my ride.
     
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  17. Minte

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    My first car was a 1960 VW bug, in fugly light blue. I bought it from an old German tool & die maker that was a friend of my fathers. $200. Immediately I repainted it metalflake green. put some cragar SS rims and tires on it. took out the back seat for some big box speakers with a Muntz 8-track. I drove that thing from Wi to the Key West over Christmas vacation and it never missed a beat.
     
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    My tow truck buddy, would cherry pick the auction cars he would tow. Sold me a 1978 malibu for $200. It had sucked the pcv ball out of the valve and was pulling oil, then fouling the plugs.

    Changed the plugs, installed a new pcv valve and steam cleaned the valves using water down the carb. One of the valves had a leak and it would backfire after about 30 seconds when you shut it off. Like a gun, lol.

    I'm lucky no one shot back, mostly ducking though.

    I drove it for a year like that then gave it to my ex-wife's uncle, he drove it another year and sold it.
     
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    My dad paid $250.00 for my first car, my '57 Caddy Coupe.
    It just needed brakes and exhaust, clean, never hit.

    1967 Datsun 411 wagon $100.00
    Needed spark plug wires and new tires.
     
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    $200 for a '67 Saab that was my first car in 1975. I ran it hard for about four years, turned around and sold it for $400. The guy who bought it ran it another four or five years for ice racing on lakes.
     

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