According to Top Gear on the History channel last year (yes, we know the Brit version is better; move on) you can grab a $500 ride almost anywhere that looks like crap but has a heart of gold. Some car shows do, and it’s good TV. But when these guys tried it two years ago they got about as far as you might expect. Jalopnik posted the “totally awesome” carnage from YouTube that may actaully be funnier than U.S. Top Gear’s attempt.
Our question is, can you even grab a $500 car than runs reliably? Normally after hearing that question everyone will wax poetic about a cheap-ass car they got on the super deal “this one time.” That’s not what we’re talking about. Most people stumble across a deal or two like that eventually, if given enough time. The trick is, if you had to go out today and find one, could you, and where would you go for it?
Sure, most people under thirty or forty will head straight to Craigslist and hope for the best, but that’s really not reliable. What if it’s a no-go? We had some thoughts on that, most of which led us to bad parts of town, junkyard piece-togethers, and auctions.
Surprisingly, the most reliable way around here in North Texas is the “down home” word-of-mouth deals. We found a ragged ’88 Monte Carlo with a 350 V8 that is actually running at this moment for $475, and only about 50 miles away. So what works best around your little corner of the automotive world?
Totally Awesome Car Rally 2010 [YouTube]