Is a beater car worth buying?

"I’ve found a beater car that’s selling for $995, which seems like an amazing deal. But is this too good to be true? Is it ever worth buying a beater?

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“It really depends on the car itself and the availability and cost of replacement parts. Certain cars are made with parts that are readily available and very inexpensive. If you are mechanically inclined, it is very possible that a beater car could last a long time with minimal additional costs.
However, it is very important that you do your research on the make and model before you decide to buy. What you don’t want to do is buy it just because it’s a good deal, only to find out that it needs a new $2,000 engine, $1,000 transmission, and $500 worth of small parts. “
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Johnny Puckett
Answered on Apr 13, 2021
Johnny Puckett is a freelance writer and automotive expert. He has contributed content to a number of some of the largest online publications, aftermarket automotive manufacturers’ sites, and automotive informational sites. His experience in the automotive and information fields informs his writing at Jerry. His automotive interests bleed into his free time, where he enjoys modifying his favorite cars and woodworking.
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