2007 Honda Accord LX.
Not really free as I have about $1800 in to it now plus a lot of sweat equity cleaning it up and doing the work I could to it. Car was signed over to me by some friends who were moving as compensation for some work I did for them (labor - my idea - amount included in the $1800). BUT, it runs really good and has 60K+ fewer miles than my 05 Accord had which was getting tired and needed quite a bit of work. I was able to sell that and use the money on the 07 and have left over to bank so in the end I am ahead even if the 07 is a base model and the 05 a top end with sunroof and such. Originally was going to sell the 07 and fix up the 05 but think this was a better way to go.
The biggest issue with the car was the condition of it (ie; cleanliness not mechanically). I love my friends and all but good lord are they rough on a car. They are religious about maintenance but cheap on everything else (if it will run and still be safe to drive they don't fix issues) and they NEVER clean them in or out (especially bad on a car like this with a tan interior). So I basically got a great running dumpster for a vehicle LOL. I truly thought I was going to have to replace the rug, seat coverings, and maybe even the headliner they were so bad/dirty (deeply
set in food and grease stains, dirt, filth, mold, etc... plus both work in the machinist industry which does not help) but was able with a lot of elbow grease to get them to like new shape using Turtlewax's excellent carpet and upholstery cleaning products. It literally took days and can upon can of cleaner but in the end they are clean and like new. I even had to wash the door jambs, under the trunk lid, etc... because it was even dirty, greasy, and nasty there too (don't even get me started on how dirty the engine bay was). Not sure how many bottle of Febreze I have used on it but it finally doesn't smell like a Chinese food joint dumpster anymore LOL.
The exterior had never been waxed. Can't even say I ever saw them take it through a car wash either. The paint was rough as a result. Been over it with rubbing compound and polishing compound to smooth it out and remove what oxidation and scuffs/scrapes I could (good lord never seen so many scrapes and rubs on a car???). Touchup paint for the many paint chips. Got 1 coat of wax on the flat spots (ie; roof, hood, trunk lid) so far but need to do at least 2 coats on entire vehicle to finish it up. Had to have some body work done though on the side in one spot, plus the front bumper cover replaced (beat to [censored] and all cracked and busted), so am holding off to let those areas properly cure. I will do the entire car here in a couple weeks before winter with a minimum of 2 coats. I have a set of vent visors to put on before I do the big wax job too. Just haven't go to them yet.
It needed some mechanical work too but got that done. Lower ball joints, new tires and alignment, LOF, Air Filter, etc... Had to replace the radio/HVAC assembly inside as the radio was completely dead and the heat and AC barely worked (common problem on this generation Accord). Replaced a lot of bulbs, cabin air filter (OMG it was gross - think it was the original one - solid black with stuff growing on it
), and a few other small things. Got the aftermarket remote start and security system working that never had as well.
So a lot of work was done to get the car in shape but now that I am done basically the car is really nice. It runs and drives great and I no longer feel I need a tetanus shot after being in it LOL.
Note - some of the shots from the driver's side make the interior look dirty and/or green. That is caused by the lighting and sun through the windows making shadows and causing that greenish cast. The interior is basically like new now as you will be able to tell from the passenger side shots. And yes there is a Teddy Bear in the rear seat. The previous owner gave it to me long ago so it is there to make her happy LOL.