On occasion, Hemmings Motor News will post a blog article about affordable cars being advertised on their site. Their bargain price range is anything under $5,000. While that might be a bargain for some, I like to shop for cars in the $1500-2500 range. It is amazing what you can find in that price range on eBay Motors and Craigslist. So… let’s begin a new Best Bargain tradition. What are the best bargains currently available under $2500?
1987 Porsche 924S — $2000
This picture is not the best way to entice customers. But with no visible rust, only 58k miles, and only needing a muffler, this one seemed like a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, it was just sold yesterday. “I’ll get you next time, my pretty!”
This might just be a fun car to drive (until something needs to be repaired). The XJR came with a supercharged V8 making 370 hp! Push down the pedal and be ready to replace the tires in the near future. It is described as “an overall great running” vehicle, so you might want your mechanic to look it over first.
The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s mid-size car. This one seems to be owned by a woman or someone with a flair for pink borders and furry steering wheel covers. But the car itself seems like a decent buy with “power seats, heated seats, climate control, Sun Roof, power mirrors and Steptronic.”
Read the ad carefully and then decide if it’s worth the gamble. With over 200k miles and a non-running engine, this could be the deal of a life time or a good way to pull all your hair out. I’m thinking I’d shy away from this one, but…