Not everyone is born with silver spoons in their mouths and titanium paddle shifters at their fingertips - dues must be paid with sweat equity and the humility of driving a beater. That's why this week, I'm asking all of you to find the most dependable, frugal and characterful cars on eBay for less than a $3,000 budget. The struggle is real.

Here are the rules:

  • One entry per post.
  • Selections aren't limited to simply 'cars' (kit cars, trucks, and military/commercial vehicles included)
  • Cars must have a realistic selling price under $3,000.
  • Cars must be operable/easily restored to running condition.
  • Completed and sold listings can be included.
  • You can add modifications, as long as it doesn't go over the total budget.
  • Write a short reason why your car is the best beater for less than $3,000.

Start here and go find a car that you wouldn't care about if it got sideswiped in a parking lot.

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I'll arrange the best selections afterwards. You have until the end of the weekend.