Okay, here's the short version.
My car is dead - almost $700 worth of parts (at cost), and since it's a '95 and I have no clue what kind of care it had before I got it... really not worth the money to fix.
I MUST have a vehicle to get to work. No, neither moving nor changing jobs is an option. I live in the Clackamas/Milwaukie area and currently work in Tualatin, with a new location soon to open up at the foot of the Ross Island Bridge (I will work in both).
Buying a car isn't much of an option. My credit is royally fucked, and there is NO POSSIBLE WAY I can carry a car payment any time in the near future. I'm not even getting all of my non-debt bills paid each month (power, phone, etc), let alone able to keep up with the debts I currently have. The only option there would be if I could somehow get into an auction and possibly find something that at least runs for just a couple of hundred. However, one needs a dealer's license to get into the auctions, so I have been told. Anybody got one and want to get me in?
The best option as seen by my friend and myself (unless my mechaninc has a dealer's license, which I will hear back about tomorrow, he's closed for the day already) is to get a scooter. Gas, with a seat, not the little stand-up electric ones; I do need to get from Clackamas to Tualatin on a regular basis. Some of them can run just a couple of hundred, used and not the "luxury" brands and whatnot. Plus, they get kickass gas mileage.
So, basically, does anybody happen to be looking to sell one? Know someone who is? Know of the best place to go to get deals on used scooters in great shape? Have any other ideas (that do not involve a new car, moving, a new job, or bus lines)?ETA:
Problem actually solved. I don't believe it, even though I'm living it... but my mechanic is willing to TRADE my beyond-dead pos junker for a little ford escort he's been working on. It's actually in really good shape overall; needs a turn signal switch (and since it's a limited-edition GTO, that can't be had but from a junkyard, they don't make 'em anymore), and has a seal somewhere that leaks a tiny bit of oil - easy fix, but will take several hours to /get/ to. But totally safe and driveable. He's gonna take it through DEQ tomorrow, and either I then take and register it or I get a 21 day reg and he fixes whatever needs done... and I have a car! And I'll let him know what evamagick
said about people even wanting Geos that aren't running - doubt this one will do, since it's SO dead, but it might recoup him some of the money he's put into this ford. And holy shit, I have a car again!!!