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Old 02-02-2019, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking for a while. Everyone else seems to find them so easily or running driving vehicles with bad IMA for $500 or less but I can't seem to find anything.

I mainly want an 00-02. I want something so I can do projects and still have my other car to drive around while things are getting adjusted.
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IMO it seems to be easier to find running cars than cheap sub-$1k parts cars. Only seen 2 red Gen1 Insights under $1k in the past 6 months; one was in CA and one was in TX.
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I've been looking for a while. Everyone else seems to find them so easily or running driving vehicles with bad IMA for $500 or less but I can't seem to find anything.

I mainly want an 00-02. I want something so I can do projects and still have my other car to drive around while things are getting adjusted.
If the DMV is to be believed there are under 50 Insights on the road in Wisconsin out of 8 million registrations.

I figured myself lucky to find a mostly non runner with a good ima for $2000 that required a simple repair to become a daily driver.
I had to tow it home 220 miles. My father and me replaced some wire and off we went.

In the last 5 years The only cheap Insights I have found within 250 miles have had major collision damage, blown engines and broken glass and I can count the number on one hand that were cheap.

So I guess unless you want to drive to the coast they just donít exist around here.
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IMO it seems to be easier to find running cars than cheap sub-$1k parts cars. Only seen 2 red Gen1 Insights under $1k in the past 6 months; one was in CA and one was in TX.
There are a fair number of Insights in the hands of older guys. Many of us know of such cars. These will unfortunately become available shortly. For a older guy like me, the question is, do I get the car or does someone get mine
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If the DMV is to be believed there are under 50 Insights on the road in Wisconsin out of 8 million registrations.
Fascinating information. How did you obtain the info and do you feel it is credible?

The 8 million current registrations seems puzzling. There were only about 14 million nationwide for all time.
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276.1 million reg. veh. in the USA. (191 How many in WI?
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The 8 million current registrations seems puzzling. There were only about 14 million nationwide for all time.
Never mind, I think I understand now. Still be nice to know how the 50 Insights "on the road" was determined. Maybe that is the number registered and taged ??
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There are a fair number of Insights in the hands of older guys. Many of us know of such cars. These will unfortunately become available shortly. For a older guy like me, the question is, do I get the car or does someone get mine
So y'all have been hiding them from the younger enthusiasts. I get it.
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I've been looking for a while. Everyone else seems to find them so easily or running driving vehicles with bad IMA for $500 or less but I can't seem to find anything.

I mainly want an 00-02. I want something so I can do projects and still have my other car to drive around while things are getting adjusted.
This just showed up on Craigslist in Onalaska, WI, where I live...

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/cto/...805758191.html

They are asking $600 for a car listed as "fair condition, non-running but repairable." No photos. Want me to take a look for you and report back?

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I know of red cars for sale but definitely not for under $500.
What exactly do you want?

Does it need to be running? Or is it just something you need parts off of?

Do you care if it is crashed in some way?

If you want a running car with a clean body, a good engine, good transmission ot will be more than $500.
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