Cooley On Cars
Your emails: Tips on finding a car under $5,000Brian Cooley answers your emails and offers suggestions for buying an ultracheap automobile.
[MUSIC] I'm Brian Cooley from C-NET On Cars taking some of your emails about high tech cars and modern driving. First one this time, comes in from MosineA, who says, I was wondering Whether you could do a top 5 list on cheap cars under 5 grand and also go over websites and sources where you'll find ultra cheap cars for sale. He also adds a note, small suggestion, he says, I might add the content is great But I feel if it was produced in 60 frames per second video, the quality would be a lot better. Hm, I'll talk about that in a minute. First off, I got something great for you. Let's see, we just did a roadshow slideshow, and the roadshow editors took on the topic that you're asking about. What's the most fun you can have for five grand or under? And really, if you're gonna spend under five grand, you wanna have fun in a car. A hot hatch is the way to go. It's the best affordable fun category of overused car. So find that over at TheRoadShow.com. I'll give you a sneak peek, my pick was the first generation Acura Integra, the old chisel-nose. Still looks great many years later, and they're still pretty good performance even by today's standards and they've got an iconic status as they're the car that put Acura on the map in big volume. Now in terms of where you're gonna find cheap cars, everyone's mind goes to eBay and Craigslist. of course those are wide open markets with lots of everyday cars on them. You've got to be buyer beware and be smart about that, especially on crags list where there isn't any rating system of sellers. The downside is I think auction sites like that or listing sites like Craigslist that have so much exposure, they're so successful, they do drive values up in some cases. I've seen some cars on Ebay go for Prices that make no sense, because I'm pretty sure a couple of people or more got into a bidding war. And they weren't so concerned about paying the right price for the car as winning the auction. You see that on eBay all the time. That's why it's more important today than ever to work your soft network trying to find a car. Let friends and family know and they may end up saying, hey, I heard from a friend of mine That they wanna sell their whatever it may be. And then you get that nice inside deal without the big old Internet auction getting in there and sometimes floating prices up beyond what is reasonable. Now, your question about our video quality, we're not going to go to 60 frames anytime soon for a variety of technical reasons, but we did just bump it up to 1080 progressive in 30 frames per second in all of our CNET videos. And that includes the stuff we do on cars And that's whether you find it at CNet sites or out of YouTube or any other platforms, so it's gonna look better. [SOUND]