Ken Streeter opines:
> For $5000, you should be able to find a rust free car. Indeed,
> in my opinion, I would look for a rust-free car, and not worry as
> much about the quality of the paint, interior, and simple-to-fix
> mechanicals, provided the car is complete.
I agree, but with caveats. I bought my '72 TR6 in Alabama 7 years ago for
$2200. It has no rust and only minor body dents. Virtually all of the
interior was there, and mechanically and electrically, most everything
worked. But I've spent about $4k getting everything back to tip-top shape
mechanically, and I still have most of the interior and a good paint job to
go... Not to mention all the time I'm spending. Admittedly, I haven't
spent my money wisely and I've made mistakes along the way; but who's to say
you (not just you, Ken--I mean any of us) wouldn't make the same mistakes.
It does make sense to get the best car you can afford unless you are a very
But like everyone else has said, $7200 is *way* too much for the car the
original poster described.