If the only vehicle one owns is an old beat up refugee from the salvage yard, then one should own TWO such vehicles to be assured of transportation. With that in mind, I placed an ad on Craigslist:
I am looking for a second vehicle. As a lifelong car mechanic and tech instructor... I'm a bit picky. I won't sweat the small things... dings and small dents, accessories that may not work, brakes or exhaust needing service, etc. It does need to be an inspected vehicle, or perhaps one that just failed inspection and has an estimate from a legitimate shop on needed service.
What would suit?
An unmolested Jeep Cherokee with a manual trans. By unmolested, I mean one which has not been jacked up/chopped down, or used as 4x4 off roader.
A Volvo 240 or 740, preferably with a manual trans but auto is okay. Prefer it not be turbo. Station wagon would be a plus.
A Ranger or S-10 pickup with a manual trans. Use, wear, dings, dents are okay. Abused, 'hot rodded', lowered, etc.... not interested.
Full size rear wheel drive GM coupe, sedan, or wagon if it's mechanically sound and not rusted out. Appearance is not a big problem. I'll be picky about engine and trans though...
Mid to late 90's Subaru. Preferably manual, preferably a wagon. I know their engines get a bit noisy with mileage. that does not concern me greatly.
I'm open to suggestions, and I'm a cash buyer. I know the majority of responses to this ad will be scammers, but I'll do my best to weed them out. Please don't ask for my phone number, or ask me to call you for details. If you have something you think we can deal on, please just e-mail and tell me what it is. I will answer all legitimate responses, even if it's simply a polite 'No thank you'.
Folks are e-mailing about vehicles they have for sale, but so far none are making it past my grumpy old mechanic filter. Ones that haven't made the cut:
Jeep Grand Cherokee (s). (Need a stack of spare transmissions)
Minivan (s)... (Arg)
VW Jetta (Already have one, thanks)
Keep trying... E-mail is free!