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Quoted from: Older car repair options. Have you ever been in the tough position of owning a vehicle that is not worth too much money but that needs an expensive repair?
Maybe you have recently even dumped some pretty good change into the vehicle for items like new tires, a battery, a muffler, etc. And now it needs a major engine or transmission repair!
You wonder, is there an alternative since you cannot sell the vehicle for much without getting it repaired. And you know its trade-in for new value like this is not worth much. Other options....
What are some other older car repair options possible?
"A driver recently wrote to ask my advice. The woman owned a 1998 minivan with 125,000 on the odometer. She explained that the engine was losing oil, smoking at idle, and making a knocking sound.
This smoking engine would require new oil rings and that the knocking could indicate the need for a total engine rebuild costing anywhere between $1,500 and $4,500. Since it had over 125,000 miles on the clock, repairing it at a private garage would mean dumping a lot of money into a vehicle with a limited value.
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I suggested that she inquire if the local schools had automobile (mechanical) repair classes and, if so, for her to see ...the instructor to see ...[îf] the class could repair the engine at cost. Here's another option...
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One of the above ideas would cost her less money since they would not be marked up like the practice at ac dealership or private garages.
If the engine could not be rebuilt, the instructor could likely identify a used engine from a salvage yard, and the class could possibly install it in the minivan. The used engine would cost about $250-$300. And even if the class were unable to work on the vehicle, the instructor could likely contact reputable salvage yards, some of which would also install the engine.
If needed, the instructor could contact a private mechanic (with whom he is familiar) to have the engine installed. The used engine would likely cost $250-$300 and the instillation would cost about $200-$250.
Regardless of the chosen repair option, the instructor's informed and unbiased advice is the key to ensuring the driver's best interests.
The owner will have to spend some time doing telephone work and meeting with the technical school instructor (it is best to make contacts well before the end of the school year). Also, the driver will need to make arrangements to car pool or barrow a relative's car to drive when the vehicle is being repaired.
However, such work can pay the owner a pretty good hourly rate in savings when faced with that expensive car repair.
How to Evaluate a Used Vehicle: Kyle Busch http://www.kylebusch.com/ Kyle Busch is the author of Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money. The book can be ordered from Barnes and Noble or Borders, or by visiting www.drivethebestbook.com.The web site accepts all transportation questions.ar repair options... end.
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