I really need to think this out... I have an old car. I like my old car. It suits my needs plus no car payment, insurance is low, registration low etc. Every year about this time for the last 5 years, I've had to put about $1500 worth of repairs into the car to keep it running but that is still cheaper than a payment etc.
I knew I needed a new clutch (yes it's a stick) but the check engine light came on. I took the car in and just got the call. I can't explain the problem - it was way over my head but bottom line the repairs will be around $2600. The car is only worth $500.
Part of me says do it (less hassles that way). The other part says buy a new car and another says go shop around for a repair shop, maybe the dealer is screwing me. I want to do what makes economic sense. Any suggestions?