To me, the perfect garage comprises at least three cars: a comfortable daily, an exciting one to blast through twisty roads on weekends, and a proper 4x4, preferably with a premium twist - something in the veins of the G-Wagen. Consider yourself lucky if you've ticked all three, and keep dreaming about that blue-blooded exotic if you don't already own one. Our online ventures through the bowels of the used car market have gotten us face-to-face with countless vehicles, some more expensive than others, and most of them have eye-watering price tags attached to them. But not this one, as you already know.
It was the cheapest used car listed for grabs on eBay at the time of writing. Can't tell what it is? It's a Saturn Ion 2 Sedan, made by the now-defunct brand that GM killed in 2010. Do you know what other brand the American automotive giant sounded the death knell for that same year? Yep, that would be Pontiac. But this is a different story, and right now, we have to move to the pictured sedan, which has seen better days. It has a red finish that doesn't look that good at all, especially on the A-pillars and at the rear. The hood doesn't align with the grille and headlamps, which indirectly tells us that it's been involved in an accident.
According to the listing, the red sedan with a tan interior is in the possession of a used car dealer in Pompano Beach, Florida. Thus, if you live nearby and want to buy it, then that's where you can see it in person. Depending on your car knowledge and negotiation skills, you should be able to drop the price a bit. But wait, we still haven't told you how much it costs. You are looking at $1,495 to make it yours, which is not bad for something that can presumably take you to and fro, though it is obvious that this ride targets someone who desperately needs a car until their financial situation improves. Hopefully, it doesn't take much to keep it running, and sourcing the necessary parts for that shouldn't be tricky at all.
As usual, whenever it comes to pre-owned vehicles, you should inspect them in person before transferring the funds and signing your name on the papers. The inspection should preferably take place in the presence of a trusty mechanic who is familiar with the respective make and model, as they could point out some hidden issues. That usually means being able to drop the price a bit, but on a car that costs less than $1,500, you shouldn't expect to buy it for a three-digit sum. Unless the vendor really wants to get rid of it.
That said, driving any vehicle surely beats riding a bike, taking the bus, riding a bike, or walking, to us petrolheads anyway, so if you had to buy a car for cheap and use it as a daily, which one would you go for? The offer isn't that varied right now, as you will have to fork out some $1,000 more for something drivable.