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Hey! I've spent a while looking for a cheap car. I really only care that it has a decent/fixable body. I've come across a few for less than 1k, but the sales keep falling through. Any leads or suggestions? 

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On 3/7/2019 at 12:08 PM, Richard McDonel said:

A 240 for less than $1k?

Good luck.  You will get what you pay for.

Not necessarily. Im just saying that I've found a few other good cars for around that much.

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30 minutes ago, moozieman said:

Not necessarily. Im just saying that I've found a few other good cars for around that much.

I think you will find a $1000 z to be well along to being a rusty pile of parts.

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45 minutes ago, moozieman said:

I've found a few other good cars for around that much.

Kinda hard to believe. Not saying you didn't.

I have been searching for awhile for body parts, let alone a whole car, and haven't come across anything that cheap. That was salvageable anyway.

Good luck with your search.

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On 3/7/2019 at 10:47 AM, moozieman said:

Hey! I've spent a while looking for a cheap car. I really only care that it has a decent/fixable body. I've come across a few for less than 1k, but the sales keep falling through. Any leads or suggestions? 

Have you checked your previous posts? Lots of project cars posted, although most are ZX...... but, it will get you feet wet. Baby steps.

My suggestion would be to look towards more modern cars (that are still being junked, cheap). 12 years ago I bough a rolling heap of scrap metal that I was able to dissect all the pieces and parts off it and that cost me $400. In today's dollars (by demand) that would be a  $2K parts car.

In 2004 I bought my 2nd Z for $3k - I wouldn't sell it for a penny less than $50K. Is it worth $50K? Nope. But that is what it will cost me to sign the title over to you today. Tomorrow's another story. Prices will continue to rise. Parts will still be NLA.

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1 minute ago, grannyknot said:

Ah, those were the days and a good parts car was $400

And were available in almost every wrecking yard. I used to love to walk thru them collecting parts here and there. Should have picked more.

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18 minutes ago, rcb280z said:

And were available in almost every wrecking yard. I used to love to walk thru them collecting parts here and there. Should have picked more.

I get updates at least once a week for "new" Datsuns entering a network of junkyards (row52.com)

Last S30 update was back in January... They are getting scarce... If this was local, it would be crushed by now

 

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5 hours ago, moozieman said:

Not necessarily. Im just saying that I've found a few other good cars for around that much.

Good cars or good Z cars?

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14 minutes ago, wal280z said:

I get updates at least once a week for "new" Datsuns entering a network of junkyards (row52.com)

Last S30 update was back in January... They are getting scarce... If this was local, it would be crushed by now

 

I saw that one. 5 hours away. Too busy to go, unfortunately. 

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Seems like we are missing some information from the OP. 

What do you mean by the word "cheap"? Please give us a dollar amount that you want to buy the car for.

Is this going to be your sole daily driver or is this a project / fun car, in addition to your daily driver?

If this is a project, how much of a project do you want? Do you want it to be a totally functioning and safe car from day 1 that isn't a rust bucket, starts, drives as it should, stops straight, etc, but can be improved over time with multiple projects? Or are you looking for something that may not even run that you will need to solve multiple significant issues before being able to drive and enjoy?

My general thoughts and opinions ....

If this is going to be your daily driver, a cheap zcar isn't going to be your friend. Instead, if you want a modern car that has a similar DNA, consider a NA Miata.

As far as price goes, what you are reading above is that the market for the S30 cars, and in particular the 240z models, has skyrocketed. What you really need is a time machine. Let me know if you find one. The problem with "cheap" zcars is that the initial purchase price typically tricks the inexperienced into thinking they are getting a bargain. To me, the sweet spot for someone wanting a relatively rust free car that starts, drives as it should (though not perfectly), is safe, stops straight, has complete interior that needs some attention but isn't a rats nest, is a 280z that will cost between 8k and 12k. Unless you have a friend of a friend who just gives you a great deal, I don't think you can find a 240z that has these qualities for this price range in the open market. 

 

 

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My ZX was a parts car when I got it. Now it can be daily driven. It barely ran, had/has rust and dents and hardly moved due to wheel bearings in a miserable state. I got lucky and paid $200 US for it about 3years ago.

 

I see them selling for 2500 in a similar state. I also see 1st gen Mazda RX7`s in decent running condition from 1500 to 7500. I've always wanted one of those, lowered a hair, maybe some alloy rims from the mid `80`s 626. Anyways, you can always get lucky. The real challenge is being patient and pulling the trigger at the right time. IMG_20181224_221643.thumb.jpeg.c3d7bdf36db610b56e837abc96ecf2d5.jpeg

 

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On 3/7/2019 at 8:47 AM, moozieman said:

Hey! I've spent a while looking for a cheap car. I really only care that it has a decent/fixable body. I've come across a few for less than 1k, but the sales keep falling through. Any leads or suggestions? 

This was $800 Canadian, about $ 620 US ....6709F4F6-B8FD-4ECB-ACCB-6E44B9A6893C.jpeg

 

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I thought it it was a sweet deal 😉☺️🤦‍♂️

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12 hours ago, ConVerTT said:

This was $800 Canadian, about $ 620 US ....6709F4F6-B8FD-4ECB-ACCB-6E44B9A6893C.jpeg

 

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I thought it it was a sweet deal 😉☺️🤦‍♂️

How recent was that?

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14 hours ago, jonathanrussell said:

Seems like we are missing some information from the OP. 

What do you mean by the word "cheap"? Please give us a dollar amount that you want to buy the car for.

Is this going to be your sole daily driver or is this a project / fun car, in addition to your daily driver?

If this is a project, how much of a project do you want? Do you want it to be a totally functioning and safe car from day 1 that isn't a rust bucket, starts, drives as it should, stops straight, etc, but can be improved over time with multiple projects? Or are you looking for something that may not even run that you will need to solve multiple significant issues before being able to drive and enjoy?

My general thoughts and opinions ....

If this is going to be your daily driver, a cheap zcar isn't going to be your friend. Instead, if you want a modern car that has a similar DNA, consider a NA Miata.

As far as price goes, what you are reading above is that the market for the S30 cars, and in particular the 240z models, has skyrocketed. What you really need is a time machine. Let me know if you find one. The problem with "cheap" zcars is that the initial purchase price typically tricks the inexperienced into thinking they are getting a bargain. To me, the sweet spot for someone wanting a relatively rust free car that starts, drives as it should (though not perfectly), is safe, stops straight, has complete interior that needs some attention but isn't a rats nest, is a 280z that will cost between 8k and 12k. Unless you have a friend of a friend who just gives you a great deal, I don't think you can find a 240z that has these qualities for this price range in the open market. 

 

 

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As the every day public sees more and more articles about the value of Z cars, the odds of finding a really cheap one goes down exponentially. I am afraid those days are pretty much gone. The definition of a really cheap Z car is changing sort of like the value of a "cheap" ferrari

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