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When is it time to call it a day??

How far would you go to keep your car on the road??

Ive spent more in the last month on parts that ive now gone over the second hand retail value..Oh and still not fixed eeding another 400 spent!.Normaly i would scrap but im in so far already!

What would you do?
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Re: When is it time to call it a day??

That's always a difficult question simply because you have no idea what is likely to go belly up next.

Personally I would never spend more than the car is worth.
It depends on a number of factors - such as can you afford to prelace it and also what are your needs.

One thing I have learnt after 50 years owning motor bikes and cars is simply this. Never fall in love with anything mechanical - it'll only break your heart or bank balance.
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Re: When is it time to call it a day??

It's a very unscientific way of looking at it, but I never really like spending more than what it's likely resale/scrap value would be afterwards... IE what it would take to replace the vehicle outright with another in similar condition but without whatever fault I'm looking to fix, and what I may get back.

Though these days I'm sort of transitioning to "how many more miles is this repair likely to get me?"... so, e.g. the new water pump and coolant rail, at about 200 inc VAT, was justified on the basis that after another 2,000 miles it'd have dropped below 10p per mile and therefore be cheaper than the fuel used to travel that distance, and I was more than likely to get that far in the same car. (I've JUST managed it, now, on the verge of scrapping thanks to accident damage) ... Generally given the age/state of the vehicles I drive, anything over about 350 is viewed as rather steep, especially if they come more than twice a year (and I know that's just the basic servicing budget for some people...)

I operate therefore on a more generous version of the insurer's repair/write off decision model.

Though I'll admit chucking quite a lot of money into the pit that was my beloved 1.0 mk3 Polo CL. First car, y'see... I had to keep it alive at all costs. And I did actually sell it, too... parting was such sweet sorrow. But I needed that 400 quid and whatever broke next was probably going to cost at least that much
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