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Kaput car advice needed - stick or twist?


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Rawshack
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Sep 24, 2013, 11:50 PM

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Hi there,



I'm a newbie on the board, and a bit of a plebeian in regard to the world of cars full stop. If this post is on the wrong board/place, please accept my sincere apologies

So, around six months ago, my girlfriend bought a used car. Private sale. Yes, you know where this is going, and it's not that pretty at all.

Holden Astra, 2007, $8000 or there abouts

Didn't get it checked by someone who knows what they're doing. NOTE - if at this point you're thinking 'idiot', I agree and implore you to stop reading now.

So, within a month, the air con goes. Whole thing needs replacing. $500 straight off the bat

Month 2, there's an oil leak. Keep that tab open Mechanic.... Then the radiator, then the back window comes loose. $5000 later and it's still not straight.

The cherry on top has been the onboard computer failed last week causing it to cut out. Chalk up $700 on that tab.

So, the upshot is the mechanic tells us that mechanically sound, all suspension, engine, chassis etc all all sound and it's just bad luck. However, we want shot.

And here's the question - do we cut our losses, and ensure we are not so silly again, or do we hang on thinking that surely, nothing else can go wrong....? Perhaps with a car with less to go wrong (i.e. like my old Toyota with zero

I know this is a bit vague, but we're down to the final dime with regard to our repair budget (past it, frankly) but my thinking is sell, try and recoup something close to what we paid and then look for something more reliable and simpler

Thanks in advance, especially if you've made it through to the end of this post! :)


Hammer Time
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Sep 25, 2013, 2:52 AM

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So, the upshot is the mechanic tells us that mechanically sound, all suspension, engine, chassis etc all all sound and it's just bad luck. However, we want shot.


That is basically the key to your decision. If you believe this to be true, then it is logical to keep the car. Getting a different car doesn't in any way mean that your repair expenses are over and they aren't necessarily over for this vehicle but you have to look at what may be the safer route to take and your current vehicle looks to be that, assuming you trust this mechanic's inspection.



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nickwarner
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Sep 25, 2013, 3:06 AM

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You just put a lot of money in this, may as well drive it and get your money's worth out of it. You won't get more than book value for it if you sell it, so you would basically have paid to fix it up for the next guy on your dime. Plus you'd have to come up with the cash for buy another car. You may have run into a rash of bad luck on this one. Your mechanic says it appears pretty solid, I'd go with his word. Next used car you buy might put you through the same issues.






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