When I wrote my first article about the Jaguar XJ40, it was possible to purchase a decent model for around $2000. In fact, back then it was possible to buy a “decent” used car of any brand for $1500-2000. And that was only six years ago! What happened? I’ll tell you what happened. It was something called Cash for Clunkers — the governments attempt to get rid of old cars with thirsty engines and bad emissions. I suppose the idea had some merit, but when people started turning in older Jaguars it made me mad. It was such a shame to get rid of a classic car just to save a few dollars at the pump. Maybe I’m crazy, but I would rather pay a bit more for fuel and drive an older luxury sedan than save money and endure the jarring ride of an economy car.
While you can find decent cars on Craigslist now and then, it takes a lot of searching and you may end up paying for plenty of repairs after the sale. At Leikin Motor Companies, we often have a good selection of sub-$10k cars which are pretty nice. Being that we are a Mercedes-Benz/Volvo dealer, we usually have a few decent luxury cars in that category. As of today, we have six cars including a 2003 Volvo S80 and a 2004 Volvo S60. Those are very nice cars for the price. So, click the link on occasion to see what is available. You may find something you like.