Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What should I do with my car,junk or keep it?

asked by on

I took my car to a repair shop F and F and they told me that the heads are cracked and it would cost $2500 to replace them. The car needs some transmission work too. I have replaced the water pump and the serpentine belt 4 years ago. I do not have that much money to do the work. Please advise.

My car has 190000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The way I look at it if it was my car is, w...

The way I look at it if it was my car is, would the car be worth more than the cost to repair it completely after the repairs are done. If the cost of the repairs would exceed 80% of the cars value after the repairs then I would sell or trade the car off. With a car that is 15 years old with almost 200,000 miles the value of the car is not going to exceed the cost of these repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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!

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: Battery light on while driving, lost power- water pump and power steering still working

You have two serpentine belts: One for the power steering, and the other is for the a/c and alternator. You must have broke the belt to the alternator and a/c. Have the components checked to see what caused the belt...

Q: Transmission slipping, jumping, noises

It is possible your transmission is causing all the issues you have been having. If the valve body in the transmission is not sealing properly you may have an issue with the transmission trying to be in two gears at...

Q: Chrysler car, replaced turn signal switch and flasher relay and turn signals still do not come on either right or left, no turn si

Hello, thank you for writing in. If the electrical components are all working individually, then the issue is likely relating to the wiring between them. The best way to trace the issue is with a voltmeter. In doing so you...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...