I’m looking into getting a car with a manual transmission solely for learning how to drive a manual transmission. I don’t care if it’s falling apart. I don’t care if it doesn’t have air conditioning or even a radio. It can get 9 miles to the gallon and lose 9 ounces per mile due to rust. I really do just want a cruddy manual car, and I’m looking to spend around $500.

I’ve tried Craiglist and eBay and the like, but I’ve not had much luck. I understand that most people value their cars at a bit more than that, but I feel like I’m just missing out on a resource if I’m not finding anything at all.

It’s crossed my mind that dealerships take these vehicles as trade-ins when they guarantee a certain amount for any vehicle, and I’m sure there must be a way to find them online. Should I be looking at auctions?

Let me know if you guys have any ideas or tips! Links are always appreciated.

Thanks guys!