When to replace an old car
August 29, 2005 11:02 AM Subscribe
At what point is it not worth putting any more money into keeping an old car running, and just going out and getting a new one? What's the equation?
posted by gottabefunky to travel & transportation (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm driving a '91 Volvo 240 wagon, and as my mechanic tells me, this Swedish battlewagon will probably still run fine the day they tow it off to the junkyard because all the rest of it - body, etc - has slowly fallen to pieces. I'm wondering - especially with gas getting so pricey (I get 20 mpg) - when it'll be worth it to just spring for a new (actually, used) car that gets better mileage and doesn't require $500-1000/year in repairs and upkeep.