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Tips for Buying a Beater Car on Craigslist

Do you need to find a new ride, as cheaply as possible?  RideLust has offered up these  tips to help you find a $1,000 car on Craigslist:

  • Avoid dealers, and go for private party sales only

  • Avoid any cars that have a "story" about their condition

  • At this price point, don't worry about appearance

  • Look for cars that have current license plates, since this probably means they're being driven

  • Expect the car to need some repair work

  • If you don't know anything about cars, bring along a friend who does

  • Don't worry about interior condition - seat covers and floor mats solve a lot of problems.

  • Learn to compromise - at this price point, you won't get a killer stereo and may not get A/C

  • Avoid exotic cars and stick with those cheap to repair or plentiful in junkyards

  • Avoid ads without a picture

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it is

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