+1 on what Jim said.
However, I'd definitely hesitate to buy your first Tri bike used. Tri bikes have to FIT you like a glove and they have totally different geometry and riding position to a roadbike. The only way to get the right size is to get fitted for one. Head to your LBS and see what they have and if they have a bike in your size to try out.
Saying that though, $1000 isn't going to get you a lot of Tri bike. You'd get far more bike for your money if you doubled your budget, and you'd likely get a better set of wheels for it too. Wheels make a whole load of difference. In a Tri/TT I'd rather have more aero wheels than a more aero frame.
The other alternative is to do what I do - stick a pair of clip-on aerobars to your roadbike. I've used my aerobars for a year now and have done stand-alone TTs and duathlons no problems. Again, fit is the key. I'd definitely recommend this route for your first year or two (I'm only now thinking of getting a Tri bike built up) and see if you can handle the position on your roadbike.
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