Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
Uber and Lyft are pretty much putting the traditional taxi business out of business. They are the boldest examples of the new “Gig-Economy” that let’s people work when they want to, and businesses not have to pay their workers for silly things like down-time, coffee breaks, or benefits. We need to get in on this, right? To do so, last week we went looking for cars costing $10,500 or less that might make an excellent investment for our new Uber career. We’ll see the most Uber-iffic in a sec, but first this week’s quest.
You know, when you’re on the other side of that Uber app getting around can get pretty expensive, especially when they’re charging what they call Surge Pricing which is probably whenever you’re really needing to get somewhere. As long as that somewhere isn’t home from the bar it might be better just to drive yourself, and in that case what we want this week is the biggest bang for your buck that $5,000 will buy. What do you think would be the most rapid transit you could buy for that five grand? For those outside of the U.S. please do the appropriate exchange rate for your own local currency.
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They say all’s fair in love and war, but what’s a fair fare for a car or truck to pick up fares? That’s what we wanted to know last week, with a cap of $10,500 to buy a potential business investment, an Uber car.
My investigation into the Uber lifestyle is pretty meager, and as a number of you pointed out the company requires cars that are 10 years old or newer. That however fits the find made by Sjalabais which was this 2007 Volga 31105 that I think would make the most intriguing—and frightening owing to all the rust— Uber ride.
Thanks to you all, and congrats to Sjalabais on the new business venture.