Route 66 Road Trip: Chicago to LA in $1,000 Cadillac

Santa Monica, California   April 28, 2010   Business News
(PRLEAP.COM) Santa Monica, CA (April 28, 2010) - Two young entrepreneurs recently completed a cross-country journey down the length of Route 66 - in a $1,000 car. Chris Hedgecock and Jorge Gonzalez flew to Chicago, purchased a 1973 Cadillac Eldorado for $1,000 from a classified ad on, and hit the road in an effort to prove that you can get a decent ride at a lower price than you might expect.

When asked the most common question, "Why?" Chris Hedgecock, founder of Cars for a Grand, said "Most people we meet don't even think you can get a car that runs for $1,000. We set out to prove them wrong in the most literal way we could think of, and Route 66 was a natural choice. It's really the most famous road in our entire country and its 2600 miles made for a decent challenge for any car, let alone one for a grand. In this era of tough economic times and hefty government bailouts, we bought a 37 year old GM car for $1,000 and hit the highway."

Chris and Jorge purchased the car on April 9th in Thomson, IL where it was reportedly kept in a barn and summer driven. After throwing down $1,000 in cash, the guys stopped at a local GM dealership for a tuneup and to make sure the car was safe for themselves and the other drivers along Route 66. They had a blowout in St. Louis and had to get a new set of tires, but all in all from Chicago to LA the total car cost was under $1400.

The trip lasted 17 days and is documented in its entirety on a video blog the duo maintained throughout the trip. They also posted photos, updates and interacted with fans along the journey through their facebook page and twitter profile. was founded in 2007 by Chris Hedgecock and Jorge Gonzalez as a place to find a really cheap car. Users can post free classified ads to sell their car - as long as they are asking for $1,000 or less! Proprietary software also scours other auto classified websites and pulls any cars for sale on the internet for $1,000 or under into one central place. Search by zip code to find unbelievably cheap cars in your local area.
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