I’m at a place I believe we’ve all been with my car. I’ve had my 2003 Corolla S which I got for free for 3 months and I’ve dropped 1500$ into repairs.
Do I continue to fix her up or do I buy new? I use my car to commute but as of June 1st I would not need it to commute. In the past 3 months I’ve owned it I have put on about 10,000 miles.
If I repair it, I’d like to continue keeping it as my winter beater and purchase a summer only car. My other option is to replace it full time daily work horse. Regardless, after I relocate closer to work the vehicle would be used to get around town after work, weekend adventurer (hiking/cycling/skiing), and lastly road trips regularly.
Here’s my current list of repairs needed ALL PRICES ARE CANADIAN (subtract 30-40% for USD):
1) New radiator and timing belt (ATF spraying onto belt) = $500
+ Possible 3rd oil leak
2) O2 Sensors = $400
3) Muffler bracket + Weld = $100
4) Loose underbody shields = $50
5) Oil Change + Filter (Synthetic) = $97
5) Rust repairs = $1500
Money Savers: I don’t pay the insurance - it’s paid by someone else.
So Oppo, what should I do?