Q: Should I sell my car or pay for the repairs?

asked by on

I just got this car in June. My dad bought it from a family friend he didn't look for a car fax on it or asked about the major issues. So he just went by what they said. A month into it, the car started jumping when switching to different rpm's my mechanic said it was fine it just might need to be replaced. I got new tires and an oil change. After a few weeks I took it back to the mechanic to get a tire alignment and he told me that before I could consider a tire alignment I needed to replace my rack and pinion and replace my brake line which he told me that if I got it replaced that it would make it safe to drive but won't last much longer. My transmission is getting worse everytime I drive it. It has trouble starting when it's below half a tank. Should I spend the money on the replacement or should I just invest in a newer car?

My car has 248653 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I would first get a quote for all the repairs needed after a thorough complete inspection of all major systems. Get quotes on all the problems including replacing the transmission and rack and pinion. Once you have a price for all the repairs then get a trade in value at a local car dealer that has newer vehicles that you like. Once you have the cost of repairs and the value of the car as a trade in you can then make a decision on completing the repairs or replacing the vehicle as is.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Should I sell my car or pay for the repairs?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car won't move til it is warmed up. Does this mean I need a new transmission

If the transmission has not been serviced in the last 3-4 years, a transmission service MAY help resolve the situation. I say it may help because fluid condition may be effecting fluid pressure within the transmission and it is changing...

Q: How do I view the engine oil life?

The engine oil life is a feature that shows you how much life is left in your current batch of engine oil. To view the engine oil life, press the SER/Reset button until the information display shows the engine oil...

Q: Coolant leaking

If there is smoke, a leak is likely. Losses in the coolant reservoir would suggest a coolant leak. If you suspect a coolant leak, the origin can be pinpointed if you request a coolant leak diagnostic. It is possible to...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.