A while ago I had to decide about my car, about whether it was worth repairing it, or whether it was time to retire the old girl and look at another used car. For my needs I have made a conscious decision not to buy a new car, I use it as a means of transportation (to get to work and such), so having a “fancy new” car is really not needed. I have already asked, when do we push them off a cliff (my CAR remember), but let’s revisit this decision a bit further.
In my case there are different parts to this decision:
- Is the car on it’s “last legs”? I don’t think so, seems to be running fine for what I need it, I wouldn’t drive it across Canada, but it might make it.
- Do I need a replacement car? Not really, that is the hard part of the decision. In the next little while I will have to decide (or will have decided for me), whether I want to go back to taking the bus to work, in which case I may not need a 2nd car.
- Can I afford the repairs? I can “afford” it, however it will mean some sacrifice on our part (yet again).
- Can this repair wait? Unfortunately when your car sounds like a Sherman Tank and it makes rattling noises that make a Diamondback green with envy, so that did not play into this decision.
What other interesting decision points might be needed for this conundrum?