Repair or replace my car?
April 28, 2010 8:18 AM Subscribe
Repair or replace my car? (A few different circumstances than previously posted.)
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total)
I bought a 1997 Toyota Celica with 74,000 miles a couple of summers ago. Gentle reader, I now need a new motor. They told me to watch the oil--"these old cars burn oil" but apparently I didn't watch it close enough. Please don't hate. You couldn't do a better job hating than I. After using every contact I have, I have found a mechanic (who comes highly recommended by a friend) who will replace the engine for about $1000 and I can also purchase a 3-, 6-, or 12-month warranty for a couple hundred bucks.
Other facts: It is a two-owner car, me beng the second owner. I was scrupulous about oil changes (just not the miles in between *sigh*)
The previous owners had no maintenance papers, but I think they kept it in good shape.
It now has about 108,000 miles on it. The only thing I have added is
a timing belt, front brakes, and the engine light is on for the catalytic converter (mechanic estimates $400).
Aside: I have enough saved for the job. However, they are cutting where I work and I will probably find out next week. It would be a bad idea to go into a car payment plan unemployed. (Of course, it woulld be bad to be unemployed and broke.)
Public transportation where I live is worse than deplorable. I can carpool with my friendly co-worker, but only a couple days a week. I could give the car to the local technical college and save a ton of money -- but they are done until fall, and of course could take a long time to do the job. Ive thought of getting a bicycle (exercise too!) but around here the drivers would just as soon mow you down as look at you.
Finally, what's to keep it from happening again? I have this plan of being totally anal with a notebook and noting miles and just checkng it every single fill up. It grieves me that I could have done this just to save a minute.