You remember the feeling: getting your first set of keys and setting out on a journey to the store or to your hooligan friend’s house - by yourself. That’s why today’s challenge has you finding the best cars on eBay that are suitable for a first time car owner. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Here are the rules:

  • One entry per post.
  • Cars must have a realistic selling price under $25,000.
  • 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 first car for less than $25,000.

Start here and find a car that isn’t the car you want, it’s the car you deserve. Or something.

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I’ll arrange the best selections afterwards and it’s possible your answer may be used on a new show we’re working on at Jalopnik.


Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.

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