: What was the least you ever paid for a car? Free cars don't count!



orconn
04-27-11, 06:33 PM
When I was a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa during the mid sixties, a group were walking back from lunch one Saturday, when we noticed a 1956 Buick Century 4 door hardtop in a car lot with the sign on it "For Sale $25.00. Now the car was cover with red clay dust, the two back windows that were rolled up were crack .... but the tires were all full. Three of us, who all lived at the Waikiki Aquarium, and thought a car to get back and forth between Waikiki and the Mano Campus would be nice and make life easier (yeah, life was really tough living free on Waikiki Beach taking in the hula and other shows each evening, and chatting up the wahinis!) if we had a car instead of taking the bus! We ask the owner of the car lot if the Buick ran and he said it did, so we tried it out. It did run, we pooled all the paper cash in our pockets, a total of $19.00 and made the guy an offer. He quickly took the cash and turned over the paper work and off we went in our new wheels.

Upon getting back to the aquarium we quickly starting to wash our new wheels. Mistake! Beneath the red clay dust coating the car was highly oxidized blue paint. An attempt to wash off the radiator resulted in the radiator starting to disintegrate. But the car ran and stopped and the trans worked. So we just cleaned all the widows, rolled down the three cracked ones and figured we'd make do.

This car faithfully provided our daily transport to and from the campus for the next six months. The car car also took us on excursions around the island of Oahu. But the car did have one flaw .... it would over heat at the mere mention of the word "Pali" (the Pali is the mountain ridge that separates the Windward from the Leeward sides of Oahu. There is a freeway that runs up through these mountains from Honolulu to Kaneohe Bay, and it is quite a climb to the summit of the ridge) not even an attempt at taking the 'Pali Highway" was necessary, just the mere mention of the word "Pali" was all it took to boil over. As I said the car would carry us anywhere on the island as long as the word "pali" was not utter and no attempt to take the short cut over the Pali Highway was attempted.

I, never let myself be listed as an owner on the pink slip, so was very happy to let my cohorts at the aquarium have my share of the Buick when I returned to the mainland at the end of my stay. Without a doubt it was the cheapest car I ever bought!

gdwriter
04-27-11, 06:48 PM
$999 for my '91 DeVille in 2005 with 200K miles. Used my debit card to pay for it.

Gave the car to my niece last year with 260K. Put ~$700 into it for a coolant flush, oil change, battery, tune-up and repair of a front main seal leak before I drove it to North Dakota. Still going strong at ~265K.

ThumperPup
04-27-11, 06:55 PM
50 dollars for a 94 Lebaron Convertible took it out drove it whyll dad was gone i had a suspended license totaled it out insruance would not pay since i was on the list of drivers that was not allowed to drive the cars since living in the same house even with a suspended license still the INS company considred it a license so dad had to put me on the excempt driver list totale the car ins wouldnt pay dad had a peace of junk sitting in the driveway at the time so he sold it to me for 50 3 months latter with about 40 Percenet junk yard parts thing was on the road driving like new sold it for 5k it was 2 years old this was in 96

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-27-11, 08:11 PM
$3200 for my '95 Buick Roadmaster Limited. 4/17/04 was the date of sale and I paid for it in cash I'd saved up from working at the grocery store for a few years.

ThumperPup
04-27-11, 08:24 PM
those road masters where pretty damm powerful and strong never owned one but did drive one from Pittsburgh to Detroit ones and ill tell you i loved the power

Destroyer
04-27-11, 08:44 PM
I paid $40 or $50 back in the '80's for a '77 TBird. Trans shifted funny but it was a nice car other than that. I flipped it for $800 or so a couple of weeks later.

billc83
04-27-11, 08:51 PM
$200 for my Thunderbird, after I had originally sold it. The guy I sold it to had bought a new car and was in desperate need of cash (he was going on vacation). The only reason I bought it was to resell it (again).

ThumperPup
04-27-11, 08:54 PM
so bill how much did you sell it to him for the first time
and then what did you end up selling it for the next time ?

Aron9000
04-27-11, 08:59 PM
$650 for a 93 Toyota truck. Very ugly but runs great and gets great gas mileage. Seat is nice in it as well, not ripped up, still has some cushion. Spent $640 putting a clutch in it, felt like it was worth it since it has ONLY 158k miles on it and runs like a new one.

Jesda
04-27-11, 09:22 PM
$25... negotiated down to $19... nice. :D

$500 is what I paid for a 1997 Explorer which I spent $200 on and sold for $700. I broke even and had it for all of two and a half days.

ben.gators
04-27-11, 09:28 PM
How can you guys find a car in running condition for such low prices? Based on Craigslist it is now impossible to find a car in running condition for less than 1000$ and that 1000$ car will come with very big problems like a bad engine or transmission...

ThumperPup
04-27-11, 09:29 PM
arent you happy you don't have that explorer right now with 4 dollar a gallon fuel lol

my friend cherie just got all hyped about how she got souch a great deal on a 01 explorer with 101k on it she paid 2500 for it a month ago i said
wait till gas hits 4 a gallon the person who sold it to you will be celebrating lol

Sevillian273
04-27-11, 09:30 PM
$1 for a 79 F-350 w/ a bad trans. Traded it for a used 302 and an engine swap. Never drove it.

So, $100 for my first car, a 72 Gran Torino

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m280/merc892003/Untitled-12.jpg http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m280/merc892003/Untitled-11.jpg

I miss that epic POS. Though at 17, I thought it was cool. :cool2:

ThumperPup
04-27-11, 09:32 PM
How can you guys find a car in running condition for such low prices? Based on Craigslist it is now impossible to find a car in running condition for less than 1000$ and that 1000$ car will come with very big problems like a bad engine or transmission...

hey here you go found this in 10 seconds of CL searching http://cleveland.craigslist.org/cto/2349922034.html

ga_etc
04-27-11, 09:47 PM
Cheapest for me was a 1991 Honda Prelude Si for $250. It wasn't running when I bought it. The idea was to save it from the junk yard, fix it up mechanically since it was in great shape physically, and drive the wheels off it. Never got it sorted out so I ended up trading it for a '90 GMC Sierra. Sold it for $500 needing repairs as well.

cadillac kevin
04-27-11, 10:06 PM
$1500 for my caddy fleetwood brougham. seemed like a good deal at the time- going rate was roughly 3k for one with 3-4x the mileage and rust at the time (when gas was $2.60- $3 a gallon). I was making out pretty well (other than the trans shifting issue) until I got hit and the insurance company royally screwed me. now I got a car that barely runs (blown HG). at least the body damage was minimal- $10 at the junkyard later, I've fixed the body damage. lmao. can't say that for the POS malibu that went across my front bumper.

drewsdeville
04-27-11, 10:07 PM
Traded a spare mobo, ram, cpu, and video card (probably worth $200 all together) for a 195k mile 1992 Ford Escort with broken rear springs, stuck open thermostat, bad brakes, and disintegrated gear shifter bushings.

Sold 2 years later for $1100.

BTW, did we just have one of these threads recently? In fact, I think TP started it...

GizmoQ
04-28-11, 12:17 AM
$1 for a 78 or 79 Dodge Omni 024 (don't ask) in 1980. Drove it frm STL to Colorado Springs twice and couldn't get rid of it fast enough. Immediately bought a 1976 Jaguar XJS to get the foul Dodge taste out of my mouth.

$50 for my 91 Mustang LX Convertible in 2002, still got it.

ThumperPup
04-28-11, 10:25 AM
my 95 licnoln dad bought me when i firgt got my license yeah he spend like 46k on it
but 2 years latter when i was allowed to have it in my own name cause when i was growing up if you where under 18 you could no thave the title of a car in your own name he sold it to me for 1 dollar for tax reasons i guess
so this could count also
i paid 1 dollar plus .07 tax in my county so i paid 1.07 for a 2 year old lincoln in mint condition

johnny kannapo
05-01-11, 03:56 AM
$35 for a 71 Pinto

EChas3
05-01-11, 03:14 PM
$19.67 ($20 less found coins) for a '64 Rambler American convertible in 1975. It had a bunch of problems but could be driven. My church-league coach was tired of putting money in it and didn't want his wife & his kids in something so unreliable.

He didn't know cars. His 'front-end/suspension & bad u-joint problems' were just loose lug nuts. It died (flooded) on right turns due to a leaky float; that carb rebuild was easy. I also knew how to do brakes and only one brake cylinder was too corroded to rebuild. The top could be raised and lowered but was in bad shape (both fabric & mechanicals). That car was a lot of fun!

Unfortunately, it met the fate of so many cars driven by teen-agers. I wrecked it and scrapped it out. Some of its parts were rare.

orconn
05-01-11, 03:19 PM
$19.67 ($20 less found coins) for a '64 Rambler American convertible in 1975. It had a bunch of problems but could be driven. My church-league coach was tired of putting money in it and didn't want his wife & his kids in something so unreliable.

He didn't know cars. His 'front-end/suspension & bad u-joint problems' were just loose lug nuts. It died (flooded) on right turns due to a leaky float; that carb rebuild was easy. I also knew how to do brakes and only one brake cylinder was too corroded to rebuild. The top could be raised and lowered but was in bad shape (both fabric & mechanicals). That car was a lot of fun!

Unfortunately, it met the fate of so many cars driven by teen-agers. I wrecked it and scrapped it out. Some of its parts were rare.

Close but no cigar! But $19.67 was a good price for a Rambler American convertible, if it had been a coupe I don't think he could a have gotten $9.95!

Wendy-J
07-12-11, 02:05 PM
Back in '83 I picked up a 1965 Rambler Classic 550 for $ 50.00. The car was sitting in a parking lot for condos with debris around the wheels that said it had been sitting for some time. I stuck a Huge sign on the windshield asking if the owner wanted to sell. Two days later, my telephone rang. Twenty minutes later I was the owner of a car with a paint problem that makes the one I have with my 93 de EVIL look tame. The floor boards were rotted through in the front seat and the fuel lines were clogged with corrosion. Dropped the tank & replaced the fuel lines, then I used old registration tags to cover the holes in the floor boards. The rubber it had lasted about two hundred miles before wearing thin like something you'd see in an old black and white film. Drove it from PA to Colorado, it was my regular driver for five years before I traded it for 1,600 off a used Olds. GO figure.

Wendy

Koooop
07-12-11, 02:18 PM
$50 for a 1979 Sedan de Ville. When I was a teenager, my friends (myself included) would buy a cheap car and see how far we could go. When and where the car would fail we'd just buy another and keep going.

I ran the '79 SDV in a demolition derby, I bought it for it's wire wheel covers, battery, muffler and optional stereo.

DouglasJRizzo
07-12-11, 07:05 PM
I bought my 71 Thunderbird Special Brougham "Sports Roof" for the princely sum of $200. I was rotting away in a repair yard and I made an offer. Next day the wrecker was bringing it home. She is whole and complete, right down to her "N-Code" 429 Thunderjet 4V and special order Lincoln Moondust paint!

The two hearses were about $100 each, the 75 having 15k on it (NOT 115k, but 15k, it was confirmed when I bought it from the orig owner) and the 76 had about 6k!! I got that from the orig owner too! I spent more in transport fees!

HAZZARDJOHN
07-12-11, 11:35 PM
I bought an '83 Olds Custom Cruiser with 350K miles in 1998 for my first winter beater to keep my 92 roadmaster out of the salt. I paid $200 for it and it wasn't in that bad of shape when I bought it. I did paint if in a field with stolen paint from menard's a roller I stole from my Mom that subsequently ended up in the trash. It had a functional hood scoop courtesy of my Friend Jake who screwed an old roof vent to my hood and hooked up dryer hose to the intake. This car was really one of the toughest cars made. Being 17 at the time I beat that thing within an inch of its life, jumped it over railroad tracks, played bumper tag on the freeway with my friends, and one time got a shopping cart stuck in the bumper and had to get it removed before the cop at the stop light two intersections away saw me. I had it for two years and sold it for $200 to a guy who was going to demo derby it, but missed the deadline so he jumped it in a field and bent the frame. It went to the scrap heap still running and moving.

I have a lot of good, "how did we not get hurt" stories with this car.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/01wagon.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/02wagon.jpg

HAZZARDJOHN
07-12-11, 11:46 PM
$3200 for my '95 Buick Roadmaster Limited. 4/17/04 was the date of sale and I paid for it in cash I'd saved up from working at the grocery store for a few years.

That is cheap as hell for a RMS in 04. They were still in the 6-10K range when I was looking back then.

orconn
07-12-11, 11:52 PM
I bought an '83 Olds Custom Cruiser with 350K miles in 1998 for my first winter beater to keep my 92 roadmaster out of the salt. I paid $200 for it and it wasn't in that bad of shape when I bought it. I did paint if in a field with stolen paint from menard's a roller I stole from my Mom that subsequently ended up in the trash. It had a functional hood scoop courtesy of my Friend Jake who screwed an old roof vent to my hood and hooked up dryer hose to the intake. This car was really one of the toughest cars made. Being 17 at the time I beat that thing within an inch of its life, jumped it over railroad tracks, played bumper tag on the freeway with my friends, and one time got a shopping cart stuck in the bumper and had to get it removed before the cop at the stop light two intersections away saw me. I had it for two years and sold it for $200 to a guy who was going to demo derby it, but missed the deadline so he jumped it in a field and bent the frame. It went to the scrap heap still running and moving.

I have a lot of good, "how did we not get hurt" stories with this car.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/01wagon.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/02wagon.jpg

This car definitely deserves a prize of some sort! Although I think you way over paid for it. It definitely would not qualify for "least price paid," but might qualify for the "ugliest wagon over $50.00" award!

HAZZARDJOHN
07-13-11, 12:01 AM
It wasn't that bad when I got it. That pic was VERY close to the end of it's ride. It was actually very well taken care of before I got it. I had every receipt for every repair going back to 1983. It had a brand new tranny in it too. It was intentionally ugly, and had lots of battle scars in that pic. I did pay $50 for a 1989 low mileage running Ranger once but I pretty much gave that to my girlfriend at the time so I don't count it. It was beat and was rusting apart, but it drove like a brand new ranger and had 88K miles. I bought it from a kid who used it as a skate board ramp.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/ranger/carla-truck.jpg

96Fleetwood
07-13-11, 02:44 AM
I paid $1,100 for this '96 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 with the 4.0 liter. It needed a fuel pump and trans solenoid. I spent $600 in parts & labor and sold it for $3,800 2 weeks later ;)

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/jeep.jpg

maeng9981
07-13-11, 07:15 AM
Not myself but with my team mate, $600 for 1984 S10. Running, lifted, 4x4. Cracked bell housing first, starter problem next, and finally the engine locked up while going uphill.

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/8544/camoc.jpg

cwcaddy
07-13-11, 07:52 AM
I bought two 74 and a 75 ford mavericks for $150.00.the 75 had the best body the other two were motor and other body parts it was my very first car.I just sold it 2 years ago and it still ran.

Koooop
07-13-11, 04:47 PM
Here's a $500 Meyers Manx.

orconn
07-13-11, 04:56 PM
Here's a $500 Meyers Manx.

Black tag and all, my mother's neighbor boys had two of the Meyers Manx which they built in their garage (from salvaged VW Beetles) and took the the Colorada River for fun in the dunes. They looked like a lot of fun!

Koooop
07-13-11, 05:08 PM
They were a blast. That is one of Three that I owned, all were destroyed off roading.

2005CTS-V
07-14-11, 08:32 AM
My first car, a '77 Chrysler Cordoba (yes, with the rich Corinthian leather) paid $500 for it in Chicago in 85, drove it for about six months until I joined the Army then drove to to Alabama, it ran great just had a big dent in the rear quarter panel. Traded it in for a new Chevy Cavalier Z24 hatchback that was a lemon...

Submariner409
07-14-11, 09:02 AM
My grandmother bought me my first car in 1955 - a used 1952 Morris Minor drophead coupe - for $175.

BUT, advance that 1955 dollar to 2011 and what does that really work out to ????..............so, every previous year's car dollar must be padded by inflation rises.

For dollar inflation comparison - and I still have the invoice - In March of 1965 I special ordered a 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS 327/350, 4 speed, 3.31 posi, wheels/tires, HD suspension, HD cooling, HD battery, (P/S, P/B and A/C all deleted), AM/FM radio, transistor ignition (!), tinted glass, crank windows, in Emerald Green metallic with a camel interior. FULL PRICE, delivered, out the door was $2388. That's correct: $2388. You could get essentially the same car - GTO - from Pontiac with a 389 tri-power for about $2900 or so.

vincentm
07-14-11, 11:35 AM
My 92 eldorado touring coupe, $1100