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Buying a Car vs. Repairing a Car

Car broken down on the side of the road with hood open.
Many consumers and experts agree that often it is more economical to repair a car than to take on the expense of a new one. There are exceptions and you may need to do some research as part of the decision making process. This is a page about buying a car vs. repairing a car.
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July 25, 2008

Put new engines, water pumps, etc. in that old car. It saves 1000s a year without that new car payment.

By Anne from Fernley, NV

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July 14, 2021

I am a female, through and through, old fashioned, not old, old enough to know better, so I know very little about cars. I have a "new" transmission in my 2000 Chevy Malibu when it was the motor mount that was doing something--and didn't need replacing!! After that, I'm scared to DEATH of any mechanic. I finally said, Hey, I'm going to buy a better car.

Well, I drive a 2004 Toyota Camry with 194,000 miles on it. I thought it would be unsafe. However, when I looked on Carmax, I found cars in my price range, 10-11K, but not Toyotas with mileage lower than 100M. One car had 35M on it! I bought my car at 131M on it for 6000. I'm not going to argue with Carmax that Toyotas are a great deal. I've been told they can go 300M. Well, I'd rather deal with it when it actually dies and not worry that it's making a horrible noise for an awful reason. By the way, the AC is broken. It makes a noise. 680$ or I can live with the noise. Crank the radio, guys. Gotta have LL Cool J loud anyway.

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