Should I keep maintaining my car or should I buy a new one?
It can seem at times that maintaining and repairing your old car is getting more expensive than it’s worth. On average, it costs approximately $1200 a year to repair and maintain a vehicle that is over five years old.
Since you live in Michigan, rust on your vehicle is hard to avoid, and can be helped by getting regularly car washes to remove the salt build up during the winter season. If your car has only cosmetic rust (rust that does not affect the structure of your vehicle), your engine doesn’t burn oil, the transmission seems to be shifting normally, and you have been keeping up on your routine maintenance, chances are you will be better off repairing your car.
If after your Courtesy Inspection you realize that the repairs outweigh the value of your vehicle, looking in to a new one may be your best option. Don’t forget to bring the new car to Ron’s Garage for a Pre-Purchase Inspection to make sure that your new car is better off than your old one.