Beater Cars

Eleven Tips For Buying A $1,000 Beater On Craigslist

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Buying, Cars, General, How To, Reasonable RideLust, Tips, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | August 10th, 2010 | 38 Responses |

Times are tough, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any major economic recovery in the near future. A lot of people, myself included, have cut way back on spending just to make ends meet. Still, you can only cut back so far: ours is a culture based around the automobile, and you need a reliable set of wheels to get to and from work, the grocery store, your therapist, etc.

I paid $700 for my first car, but that was over 25 years ago. Is it still possible, I wondered, to score a car for under $1,000 if you shopped carefully on Craigslist? Searching the listings for Jacksonville, FL, I can safely say the answer is yes, as long as you’re not particularly concerned with what you’ll be driving. If you want to get from point A to point B for under $1,000, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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Trailer for U.S. Top Gear Released!

Posted in Beater Cars, Cadillac, Celebrity Cars, General, Top Gear, Videos by MrAngry | August 7th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

Ya’ know what… this actually looks ok. When I first heard about Top Gear being done for the U.S. market I was somewhat concerned because I didn’t know how it would translate from the UK to the U.S., but now, after seeing this trailer, I’m feeling pretty good. Hosts Adam Ferrera, Rutledge Wood and uber drifter Tanner Foust look to be taking the U.S. version of Top Gear in a decidedly U.S. direction. By utilizing some tricks out of the old redneck play book, the boys have decided to go and play “moonshine” by racing some clunkers in a series of fun-filled events. Hell, in episode one they actually launch an old Cadillac Fleetwood skyward! I’ll tell you straight out that if this is what I’ll be seeing every week then I’m all for it. Good luck guys… now go do your U.S. viewers proud by giving us what we all want to see.

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

Posted in Beater Cars, Bizarre, FAIL, Funny, General, Pictures by Kurt Ernst | July 25th, 2010 | 1 Response |

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cuban army was forced to improvise for homeland defense.

Source: That Will Buff Out

TEAM ANGRY + 24 Hours of LeMons = MAYHEM!!

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, Beater Cars, Cool Stuff, Corner Carvers, Racing, Rally, Used Cars by MrAngry | July 23rd, 2010 | 2 Responses |

TEAM ANGRY

That’s right, I said it right there in the title, TEAM ANGRY + 24 Hours of LeMons = MAYHEM!! For those of you that have never experienced the 24 Hours of LeMons I can tell you from experience that you are missing one of the greatest automotive racing series in history. Comprised of up to 80 cars at a clip, the 24 Hours of LeMons is the most down to earth, home grown, grass roots form of motor racing there is. The premise is simple, get a car that costs no more than $500, install a roll cage, some safety equipment and a drivers ass in the seat and hit the track for some of the coolest and most competitive endurance racing in existence.
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Used Car Terms And What They Really Mean

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Buying, Collector Cars, Cool Stuff, eBay Motors, FAIL, Funny, General, How To, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 20th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

If you’re trolling Craigslist, eBay or AutoTrader looking for a new ride, you’ve probably seen dozens of different terms used to describe used cars. I’ve bought and sold my share of used cars, so I know a thing or two about the terms and what they REALLY mean. In the interest of helping you shop for your next set of wheels, I’ve compiled a list of the most common phrases below. I hope this helps you decide between that “creampuff” Road Runner and the “no disappointments” ‘Cuda.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Posted in Beater Cars, Funny by Kurt Ernst | July 11th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Walter would suck in his victims with a hand scraweled note on the back of his rat rod. Little did they know he was packing a big block Chevy under that faded paint and rusted metal.

Source: That Will Buff Out

Hemming’s Find: A Bentley For The Unwashed Masses

Posted in Beater Cars, Bentley, Classic, Repair, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 10th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

1956 Bentley S1

Always wanted to put a Bentley in your garage, but never had the cash reserve to do so? Want to start your own wedding limousine business, but don’t want to do the Lincoln Town Car thing like everyone else? I may have stumbled across just what you need on Hemming’s Motor News. How does a 1956 Bentley S1 for $6,950 sound?

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The Dukes of Milford: Hoonage in a 1976 Chevrolet Chevette

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Stunts, Chevrolet, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Funny, Funny Videos, Rally, Videos by MrAngry | May 26th, 2010 | 1 Response |


The Dukes of Milford

I can think of no better way to have fun with an old car than to rally the crap out of it through Mother Nature’s backyard. These guys call themselves the Dukes of Milford and they look to be having a blast wringing out the last bits of life from this little Chevy. For all you youngsters out there the Chevrolet Chevette was produced from 1975-1986 and was GM’s answer to the new influx of import cars that were destined to take over American roadways. In the beginning the rear wheel drive Chevette came with a tire burning 70 hp backed by either a 3-speed automatic transmission or a 4-speed manual. In truth these cars were never very good, but they did provide cheap, fuel efficient transportation for those willing to part with $3499.00 in 1975. Now, more than 30 years later we can see that at least one of these little buggers managed to survive… at least until the end of the video anyway. I have to hand it to these guys as the video was actually pretty well shot and provides some good old fashion hooligan inspired entertainment.

11-Second Plumbing Van

Posted in Beater Cars, Bizarre, Burnouts, car modifications, Mitsubishi, Videos by Dustin Driver | April 28th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |


This Aussie plumbing van has a V-8 and runs the quarter miles in 11-seconds. The little Mitsubishi hurtles down the strip like a brick shot from a cannon. I love it.

Hoon’s Heartache: The Land of Forgotten Beauties

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Care, Car Photography, Classic, Collector Cars by Dustin Driver | March 2nd, 2010 | 1 Response |

Beware fellow autonauts, for this be a forsaken land full of sorrow and heartache. Even the bold tremble and quake at the horrors that lie beyond these gates. If you choose to enter, be forewarned. You may not return.