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Can you get a car for $5,000?

“I’m going shopping for a car.”

For many of us out there we hear those words and we think of things like going to the dentist, attending a funeral or maybe sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. In this day and age, shopping for a car has become a complicated process that can leave your average consumer feeling overwhelmed and at a loss. We can search on the Internet, look through the classifieds or do it the old fashioned way and stop by an actual dealership. With so many options, where do we even begin? Then you add in the other dreaded word: BUDGET. I mean, let’s be honest, if we all had millions of dollars at our disposal, this whole car buying thing would be a lot less complicated. Of course, this is not the case for the majority of us out there. So here’s the challenge: Is it possible to find a quality car when you’re shopping on a budget? Let’s say a budget of $5,000? This seemed to be a respectable amount so I set out on my journey with the hopes of proving to your average American consumer that their piece of that automotive pie in the sky is attainable.

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Used cars the Founding Fathers would drive

Founding Fathers imageThrough the power of American ingenuity, imagine that the Founding Fathers were still alive. Not all of them, just the ones that matter like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. This isn’t to say Founding Fathers William Whipple or Oliver Wolcott didn’t make serious contributions to American Independence but they aren’t in that really cool picture to the right. That’s why, by default, the Founding Fathers in the picture are the most important. They would be in their early 300’s now, but for the sake of this post let’s also imagine their minds were still sharp and they seamlessly made the transition from horse and buggy to car. Based off a scientific personality assessment of each founding father and the help of Wikipedia, the Mojo Motors Blog has determined which used car the founding fathers would buy from the Mojo Motors used car listings.

Make the jump to see the used whips of America’s Found Fathers. First up, Ben Franklin.

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Cars from the film Drive and what they mean

drive move film mojo motorsThe movie Drive, now playing in a theater near you is a mysterious and obscure action thriller starring protagonist Ryan Gosling as a mechanic and driver of the stunt, heist and motor racing variety. If you’re thinking along the lines of Fast and Furious or Gone in Sixty Seconds, think again. If the pink cursive font from the movie poster makes you think of Miami Vice, think again…again. While the film takes cues from Miami Vice with a soundtrack inspired by 80’s new wave and gratuitous scenes of violence, Drive truly stands alone in a hybrid of genres.

You’ve read the reviews here and here already so this post will take a different approach when breaking down the film. Cars take little precedence in Drive, but each vehicle serves as a reflection of the people who drive them. There’s a 1973 Chevrolet Malibu, an early 90’s Toyota Camry, a muscle car era Pontiac GTO, a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 and a Lincoln Town Car. Let’s start with the white 1973 Chevrolet Malibu.

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