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You Gotta Respect a Car-for-Sale Ad That Includes Video of It Crashing

I'm not sure the video will help it sell but at least it's honest.
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We’ve all dealt with dishonest sellers before. You know the type, the ones who accidentally forget to post pictures of a car’s damage or rust in the listing. They’re the worst types of sellers. Which is why you have to respect when someone does the exact opposite and not only shows the damage but they also show the crash that caused it.

In this Facebook Marketplace listing for a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutless Ciera, the seller posts a video of them crashing it into a pole. All of the photos show the car’s mangled post-crash front end, with its driver’s-side fender seemingly peeled back like a sardine can lid.

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This listing is bizarre, though, because it looks like the crash was intentional, to wreck the car on purpose. The listing also says that it runs and drives and was just given a new starter and alternator. So I’m not quite sure if this listing is a joke or not but it’s funny either way. Why would someone buy a car that’s clearly been driven into a wooden telephone pole, potentially on purpose? Well, like the listing says, it’s only $500 and drives “alright.” So if you’re in the Aurora, Colorado area and need some cheap wheels, for whatever reason, this wrecked Cutlass could be for you. That is, if it’s even road-legal. It doesn’t seem very safe, either, and its driver’s side airbag didn’t deploy in the provided crash video, so it might not work.

Under that mangled hood of this Cutlass Ciera S is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder, which made 120 horsepower when it was new and healthy in 1994. It was actually a well-equipped car back in its day, too, with a three-speed automatic, anti-lock brakes, an adjustable steering column, and power door locks. It isn’t exactly a luxury car but you can do worse for $500, especially when it supposedly runs and drives.

I’m not sure how much it will cost to fix the Cutlass’ front end, as there’s just no way of knowing the extent of the damage. But if it can be fixed for cheap, this might not be a bad buy for someone in need. Or maybe it’s just junk.

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