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  • A reliable car for single mother amd children for everyday vehicle need asap please have bad credit and not really lookin for payments just spent 12500 not even year ago and engine blew so i am limited funds can spend 1000 or make very least possible payments no more than 150 a month and also bad credit.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Price or payments / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Coupe / Hatch / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 150000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 1000

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Response from colin42

6:00 pm August 7, 2016

The problem with you budget is you are deep in Junk car territory. You may be lucky and find something that will last several years but you are also more likely to find a car that needs lot of money spent to keep it running.

Also at this point the previous owner is more important than brand. Ideally look for a car that has been owned by an elderly person. Also look for cars that are generally reliable but aren't popular - for instance early 2000's cars from an orphaned brand like Pontiac, Oldsmobile or Mercury. Look athttp://longtermqualityindex.com for idea. Steve Lang (who is behind the about site) has written on many site, for instance

Make sure whatever you buy you get an inspection from YOUR mechanic so you know what issues there might be.

However before you go down this rabbit hole, what about this car that you recently brought? How much would it cost to repair? Was it brought from a dealer? When you brought it did it have any powertrain warranty? Was the failure an issue you caused or an underlying problem that was there when you brought it. What State are you in?

At the end of the day if you buy a $1000 car and have to spend $1000 on tire and repairs to make it road worthy you'll still have a car worth $1000, however if you put that $1000 into repairing you current ride you have a car worth Much more. Make sure you get a quote from several independent mechanics.


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Saturn L-Series
Buick Lucerne

Response from LectroFuel

7:53 pm August 13, 2016

Buy an old Honda with relatively low miles. Maybe even a Ford Crown Victoria. Old police car? Old taxis? Crown Vics are some of the longest lasting cars on the road and have almost a milllion miles. An extremely old Toyota Corolla would probably have a lot of years left in them. Even late 80s early 90s. Also, there is the Mazda Protege. It might be hard to find under 1k though. The saturn L200 also seems like a good choice like colin mentioned.

You might be best off with a Geo Metro. Cheap, but people seem to love them and they go forever. Easily found under 1k. Good luck!


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Honda Accord
Ford Crown Victoria
Toyota Corolla
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