After taking a look at product planning and marketing for new cars, it’s time to take a step back into the supposed domain of Generation Why; used cars. And not just any old CPO Audi or two year old Civic either. We’re talking beaters.
As a pure thought exercise, I wanted to see what kind of car could be had for less than the cost of a monthly transit pass in Toronto. An adult Metropass, purchased monthly, is $126 ($115.50 if you commit to buying one every month via a subscription). Assuming a budget of $1512, I hit the Kijiji, a craigslist-esque site owned by Ebay, but widely used for selling cars in Canada, to see what was out there. Yes, I know, gas prices, maintenance, insurance all matter. Thank you for that bit of wisdom. That’s not the point here.
1989 GMC Jimmy: 342,000 km but supposed “very clean”. $500
1996 Honda Odyssey: Supposedly has 100,000 km and a new engine. Sounds dubious, but I like them because I got shuttled around in one for a lot of my childhood. It’s basically a tall Accord wagon with a third row. $500
1992 Ford Aerostar: That bitch made him take THREE Aerostars! $500
1990 Suzuki Sidekick Custom Buggy: This is real Canadiana. Probably not road legal. $500
1999 Honda Civic: Manual, fairly low mileage, lots of new parts. Can’t go wrong. $1200
1994 Ford Taurus SHO: Oh yeah, my Grandma had one just like that! $1400
1997 Ford F-150: You may need a truck in your life. $1000
1997 Acura EL. The sub and amp are $150 extra. Remember that.
$1500 – The cream of the crop
1989 Volvo 240DL: The classic “beater” car. $1500
1990 Acura Integra GS: Lots of new parts. Automatic. $1500
1987 Ford Crown Victoria: “Senior couple selling their well pampered Crown Victoria.” It’s Brown. Paging Sajeev.
2000 Nissan Maxima: These apparently have automatic transmission failures. Get it checked by someone more knowledgeable than your friendly neighborhood TTAC writer.
This is just a small sample of what can be bought on the cheap. There are literally thousands of beaters available under $1500. Not all of them are crap. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to see a man about an Audi 5000 Quattro Turbo with a 5-speed…