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Anonymous Poster

May 20, 2009, 12:55 PM

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What to do with a broken van Sign In

Our 2001 Chrysler Town & Country is falling apart. We have put about $4500 in the vehicle (rebuilding the transmission, replacing the a/c condensor, new tires, and some small misc. things) in the past 12 months. It has about 140000 miles on it. We were on an out of town trip and the va started giving us problems, to the point of not being able to drive it. We had it towed to a dealer and they said to fix it would cost another $800-900. We really don't want to put any more money into the vehicle and it is undrivable. We have one payment of $300 left on it. It is at the dealers 3 1/2 hours away. What are our options, aside from getting it fixed? We aren't going to purchase a new vehicle from that dealer, so a trade-in isn't an option.

Hammer Time
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May 20, 2009, 2:40 PM

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Re: What to do with a broken van Sign In

I'm not sure what kind of answer your expecting here. Your options are pretty basic. You either fix the van or buy another vehicle. If you don't want to deal with that dealer, then you are going to have to pay them for their diagnostic time and have the van towed out to either another dealer to trade in or a junk yard to dispose of it.


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Loren Champlain Sr
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May 20, 2009, 5:38 PM

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Re: What to do with a broken van Sign In

Tough decision. But, what is it worth right now? What could you sell it for if you get it fixed? If you can sell it for (just an example) $1000.00, you'll be ahead $100.-$200.00. If you dump it as is, you'll be lucky to get more than junk value. If everything else is okay, you may want to contemplate having it fixed and getting more miles out of it. What is wrong, now? $700.00-$800.00 can't be anything 'serious'?
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Tom Greenleaf
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May 24, 2009, 2:06 AM

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Re: What to do with a broken van Sign In

When stuff like this happens I suggest you think of it as worth nothing and would you buy this now with a history of care you know of and the cost of this un mentioned new repair needed. Why do you go so far to a dealer for repairs?

To me these are known for the trans issues and A/C evaps (condenser is usually damaged from road debris and can't blame the car on that. Evaps (in dash) are a pricey repair and if that's done it should be done now for good. IMO with the miles the van would only fetch a low wholesale price when this fix is done but that might be it for a while and what would you replace it with that you had more faith in if not new?


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