How screwed am I?
February 18, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
How do I buy a car as cheaply as possible?
posted by Weeping_angel to travel & transportation (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in a bit of a panic right now. My car is very broken and it will cost more than it's worth to fix. I can't NOT have a car. I live in Phoenix, 15 miles away from my job. I work until at least 10pm, sometimes until midnight. I can't bike 30 miles round trip every day (sometimes after midnight!) The buses stop running at 9. Phoenix has a light rail, but it doesn't go where I live. I can't move without paying a lot of money to break my lease. I'm currently in a rental car, but at $32 per day, this isn't sustainable for any great amount of time.
The problem is, I have NO extra money. My job has had to cut my hours severly and I'm currently only working about half the hours I used to. I can't afford the bills I have now, much less a car payment and the higher insurance I'd have to carry if I had a loan. Collection people keep calling me, and I'm basically living paycheck to paycheck. I just don't know what to do. No car means I can't get to work, which means I can't earn money, which means I can't pay rent.
So. I need a car and I need it to be cheap. Like, really cheap. Less than $2500 cheap. But I also have very little time to car shop because right now is one of the times I actually have work for the next week and a half. (I have work for 3ish weeks, then I don't for 2-3 weeks.) Right now, this doesn't seem possible, and, like I said, I'm panicking. Help! What do I do? How do I find this magical cheap car? Fast? Without getting ripped off?