we bought it used from a co-worker of DH. It was a fantastic reliable car, would likely still be going only my son swerved to avoid a man that ran into the road and hit a telephone pole. Totaled it….but he and a liitle friend he had with him were not hurt.
don’t overlook farm auctions as a place to get cars. We recently attended a farm auction where several perfectly roadworthy vehicles were sold in the $500 – $700 range. We scored a $3000-ish tractor for $425. Everyone at that auction went home with some amazing deal. And this is the perfect time of year for such auctions because no one wants to store unnecessary equipment over winter. So, keep an eye out for those – you’re in the perfect part of the country for having a farm or estate auction somewhere within a 2-hr drive of you probably every single weekend.
Does anyone on the list have a daily driver older than my ’83 Ranger? If so, what make/model/mileage?
My husband and I are both convinced that WAY older vehicles (say, older than 1985) are dramatically under-rated as reliable vehicles. Somehow a lot of those older vehicles just keep going and going without much more service required than vehicles 20 years newer. So I’m curious if other folks have truly older vehicles, and if so, if they seem to be less trouble than some of the newer ones. Our next vehicle acquisition, according to the current plan, is going to be a 1970’s era flatbed truck so that we can haul more hay. That thing is going to have to be a work animal because it’ll be strictly for farm use, and it’ll have to pay its way. But we have zero interest in going newer than 1980. So now we’re shopping for same, with the blessings of our mechanic. The closest we’ve come so far was a 1956 1 ton flatbed with hydraulic dump feature so that we could use it as a dump truck too. We may yet buy that thing, but we weren’t quite ready to put the $2500 in it at the time. We got skunked on a 1978 Ford commercial-duty flatbed which an acquaintance sold as part of an estate sale for all of $1200. Ouch, we would have loved to come home with that if we’d acted sooner.