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    Default car dilemna

    Some may remember a few weeks ago my car died. I live in an area that I cannot cope without a car - cannot get DS to school let alone actually get anywhere (atm he is being taken by someone else but come August there will be no room in her car when she has her new baby).

    I have had 2 quotes to get said car fixed - it will cost somewhere between $1.5K - $2K. The car when fixed would be worth probably around $1.5k if I'm lucky.

    I figure I have a choice when I get the FTB supplements in a few weeks. I can spend it all on getting the car fixed, knowing that it is an 18 year old car that has done over 300,000kms. I would also need to get an advance payment on my DSP to be able to do this but I know that otherwise the car is sound.

    Or I can spend the same amount of money buying some sort of 2nd hand car (no idea what I'd be able to get) & take a chance on it being a pile of junk.

    So what option would you take if getting a loan was not an option and one way or another you need a car.

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    If i was in that situation i would get another car. Because it is 18 years old and would most likely need more work. I would get another car BUT i would get it looked at by a mechanic first to let me know its road worthiness. Good luck!

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    I have no idea what amount you are talking about but if you can, I would go for a second hand car. At that age you are just going to spend more and more on it. You can get some really good small cars like Yaris' for quite cheap for decent milage. They are extremely economical and reliable. Toyotas are generally quite cheap to maintain also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngaiz View Post
    I have no idea what amount you are talking about
    It would be around $2,200 or so that I have in total to spend

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    I would look on gumtree and see how much it would cost to get a second hand car. Sometimes you can find a bargain. At least in the meantime to get by. Is it worth getting another mechanic to look at it, or source some parts yourself, like a wreckers ? that way you are only paying labour to get it fixed ?

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    I'd try to sell the other car for parts (not sure what it is but might get $100-200?) Or scrap it for metal (might get $50-100?) And put the money towards a mid-late 90s toyota. I've been in similar situations a few times and every time I've tried to hang on to the older car ive spent twice as much and regretted it dearly. Depends what's wrong with it too i suppose

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    I'd be inclined to try and get something else. I see little value in putting good money after bad.

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    I just looked on a popular ' car sales' site and the cheapest Yaris in VIC is $3600.
    What exactly is wrong with the car? Can you use the FTB and borrow a small amount to buy second hand then sell your existing car to repay the loan?

    We have a third car which is worth about 2k but needs about the same amount spent on it. I'm torn about selling it as is and the buyer being shafted or being out of pocket. Do you wanna buy it haha.

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    it's a blown head gasket & an issue with the power steering (possibly pump) in an old pulsar. I wouldn't be able to obtain finance (pretty much no income, bad credit, couldn't pay back if I didn't get money from my existing car to pay out loan). I probably wouldn't be able to sell it to anyone for other than spare parts/metal due to how damaged the interior is

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    I would sell and get something else. I just did a quick search and there are a few cars in your area within your price range.
    Do you know anyone who is good with cars who can help you look for something suitable?


 

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