• Feb 12, 2010
Carsforagrand.com's time-lapse cross-country drive – click above to watch video

The $1,000 car – it's an often-quixotic purchase. You go into it an optimist, but very soon after, the newness of your latest old thing wears off, and you're left with a four-wheeled sarcophagus of rattles, forgotten receipts and gum wrappers. Still, there's a certain romance to the idea of a fantastic deal on a reasonably-good car, and they are out there. To prove their point, the founders of Carsforagrand.com purchased a Colonnade-era Pontiac for $800 and drove more than 3,000 miles across the country. Boo-ya.

The site aggregates ads from the internet and eBay Motors, and wraps them all up in a neat, zip-code-searchable form. The bigger point we take away from Carsforagrand's stunt is that there are cars in California that we'd consider nearly perfect in the rustbelt. For a grand. Three-hundred days of sun per year not enough for you guys, you have to hoard all the cheap, non-rusty old cars, too? Now if someone would just start crosscountrycarshippingforabuck.com... Video of their ride is available after the jump.

[Source: Cars for a Grand]



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      copperhead434
      • 4 Years Ago
      something for nothing, dream on.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Top Gear could have used this service a few years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn kids these days. Why, back in my days, we had to scrounge for our cheap cars. None of that sit-on-my-naked-arse-while-I-point-and-click crap. It was getting dressed and out the door at 5am in chilly 60 degree weather while we hike, sometimes over a whole mile, to the local 7-11 for a copy of the Recycler on Thursday mornings. That we had to PAY FOR out of our always near-empty pockets.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like a good idea but most of the listings are Ebay auctions currently bid at a value less than $1K. Big deal, does not mean it can be purchased for $1k or less. There are almost new cars listed on the site for less than $1k because they have not hit the reserve. The site needs to filter better. I didnt find any classified ads or "buy it now" type ads with running cars for less than 1k.

      It is a good idea but it is not presented very well. Looks like nothing more than a click trap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I clicked a bunch of links and not one went to ebay?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "A thousand- dollar car a'int gonna roll, unless you put 'nother thousand in the hole. Sink your money in and there you are; the owner of a two thousand dollar, thousand-dollar car"
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        i should clarify, it came from carsforagrand.com but it auto links to ebay when you click on a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A perfect place to pick up a 24 Hours of Lemons racer! :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know about you guys, but I have never had ANY luck with any of the beaters I've ever bought. It wasn't just GM stuff, it was anything, even the worthless family heirlooms that always turned into a money pit. Even a very-low-miles, 5 year old Tundra turned into a money pit shortly after purchase. Any more, I'm buying new or one-year used. Yeah, I pay more, probably a lot more, but damn if I'm putting up with always got to fix it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first two cars I bought for myself cost $1,000 or less. The first was a 1990 Olds 88 $1,000. The second was a 1990 Cadillac for $800. Both cars were great, without any problems.