Orphans, uglies, and "unsellable" cars are often the best cheap-ass cars
Orphan cars are those sold by brands that no longer exist in the new car market (think Plymouth, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, Mercury, Suzuki, and as of last week, Scion). Unsellables are unpopular models such as non-sporty sedans and wagons that have manual transmissions, big vehicles usually owned by retirees, and of course, older minivans! Take these two ingredients and add minor cosmetic issues such as dents, scuffs, and a genuinely neglected paint job, and you may have the perfect cheap-ass car.
Just be patient, and whatever you do, remember to put the owner at the top of that car-buying pyramid!
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Steven Lang is an auto auctioneer, car dealer, and former part-owner of an auto auction near Atlanta, Georgia. The car business is an incredibly big part of his life so if you ever need guidance, feel free to reach him directly at his Facebook page which you can find here.