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I need help from the dads! 2001 Toyota Echo 250,000 miles


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dkvg
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Nov 10, 2017, 1:25 PM

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I need help from the dads! 2001 Toyota Echo 250,000 miles Sign In

Okay, you don't REALLY have to be a dad to help. :)

But, here is my situation:

My dad knew a lot about cars and always took great care of my cars over the years. He died unexpectedly last year and I am now in need of some fatherly advice about my car.

I have two 2001 Toyota echos. One has 250,000 miles and I have had it for about 15 years. My dad took very good care of it. The engine still runs well and it is drivable, but it has been in multiple wrecks and has some extensive body damage. Also, the air conditioner no longer works and my dad didn't think it was worth the cost to repair it.

When I started shopping for a newer car, we found the exact same car with 150,000 fewer miles on it. I bought it and my dad planned to use my original Echo as a source for parts to maintain my newer car.

I was excited about that plan, but now that he has passed, I am really in need of some advice about what to do.

Right now, the original Echo still runs and drives, but it has such terrible body damage, I think I could probably only get $600ish if I sold it.

Since I don't have the skills to use it as a parts car, do you think I should just sell it for the few hundred that I could get for it?

If not, do you think I should try to find a mechanic who is able to do work on my car by using parts from my old car? I don't know a lot about cars, so I don't want to be ripped off.

What would you advise for your daughter to do that would save her the most money in the long run? Thanks in advance.


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Nov 10, 2017, 1:47 PM

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I guess the first question should be, do you have a place to just let the car sit around until you need any parts.

The other factor to remember is that all those parts have 250K on them so the engine and transmission are pretty much worthless. You may be able to use small individual parts like switches and sensors but that's about all that would be useful.

You're probably over estimating the value of that car too. I'd say $300-$400 as scrap would be more accurate.



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dkvg
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Nov 10, 2017, 1:53 PM

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Thanks for the reply. If the part are useful, I have the space to store it. It would be stored outside in Kansas.

I meant to mention, but I forgot: the cars have manual transmissions. I'm not sure if that makes the transmission more or less useful for parts.


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Nov 10, 2017, 1:57 PM

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Yes, that does give the trans a little more value but reduces the possibility that you will ever need it.



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dkvg
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Nov 10, 2017, 1:58 PM

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Oh! A follow-up question: if you think it is best to scrap it, what (if anything) would you recommend that I harvest from it first? Tires, wiper blades, battery... that sort of thing?
Are their other parts that may require that I hire a mechanic to remove, but you think are worth pulling out?


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Nov 10, 2017, 2:04 PM

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I would grab all the window switches, possibly the window regulators if you know how to remove them. As many engine sensors as you can get, maybe the radiator and axles, tires if they are any good. Most of the other stuff will be too worn out to save.



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