Many people are on tighter budgets these days due to the economic decline. However, declining income does not negate the need to have transportation. Without a car life can become more time consuming and difficult. So trying to find a first or second car for less than 1000 can be a challenge. Having a cheap form of transportation can save significantly save money in the long run. The time, effort and money saved on public transportation can pay for a cheap car and insurance. The freedom to move about the owner gains is liberating.
So where does a person go to find these great car bargains? Start with the newspaper, Craigslist Autos for Sale website, and publications where people advertise their cars for sale. Enlist the add of family and friends, they often know or or have seen cars in their neighborhoods for sale. If at all possible take someone that knows cars to got looking with the purchaser. There are many reasons that people get rid of perfectly good, but cheap cars. Regardless of their reason for selling the buyer needs to be sure the car is mechanically sound. Another place to start looking is buy here / pay here car lots. They usually sale older cars that are mechanically sound. They also offer financing at the store. This can mean the difference in getting a car or not for many people.
For those who have some mechanical skills purchasing a car that needs repair can prove beneficial. The trick is knowing exactly what the car needs and what it will cost to fix. Picking up a good looking car that is mechanically sound but needs a alternator could be a deal. If the buyer can put the alternator in themselves for a reasonable price. It is all about what the buyer can and cannot do. Attempting to buy a car that needs repair and then having a mechanic repair it is not a good idea. The cost is usually prohibitive. However, you can possibly use the mechanic repair bill in order to get a better price on the car. If you think there are many problems with the vehicle and would still like to purchase the car, then negotiate with the seller to see whether or not they can compromise on the price.