So I bought my first used car. It was a 2002 Ford Explorer for $740. I thought I could cheat the system. But I couldn't. All in all I am probably going to spend 5K getting it reliable. Luckily its not my primary car. So I guess no matter what you cant really get a reliable car under 4-5k. Lesson learned. Hey its cheaper than a car note. New cars are just too expensive these days.