Originally posted by kenny:
My friend got in a car accident, not his fault, and got a check from the insurance company for another car.
What you need is a $500 car. They are out there, and most of them (but not all) will make two months without a lot of trouble. You can junk it when you are through with it and get about $250 when you do.
I have had a bunch of them over the years, mostly either Big-O Detroit iron or super high mileage Japanese cars. A positive attitude, a can of STP and a used tire or two generally got me by.
They all had issues of course, but all were driveable. The '75 LTD wagon had no rear window -a fine car for the summer. The '62 Olds had a four speed automatic that was missing third gear. Took some finesse to drive it, but once I got used to it it was fine. The air even worked in that one. The ('78?) Toyota had three hundred and some thousand miles on it, but with thick enough oil in it, it even passed the smog test. My '63 Impala was a completely restored car - new engine and trans, new interior - a beautiful car until the dump truck hit it. No trunk space in that one, had to rig up some tail lights to get it home.
Make a deal involving the fact it must pass the smog check and run the plate through the DMV to make sure there are not 100 parking tickets on it.
Check vacant lots and in shopping centers on weekends. Recycler has a few of them every week as well.
It's not a car, it's an adventure!