My 1998 toyota corolla, with 87,000 miles needs $3000 worth of repairs. The brake lines, fuel line, exhaust systems are rusted.
My brake pedal went all the way to the floor so I had my car towed to the dealer where I have all my maintenance done. When they looked into the problem they said the brake line rusted through and I was losing brake fluid. They said if they try to fix the brake lines they will probably have to fix the fuel lines and lots of other stuff because of rust. I live near Boston MA.
Should I get a second opinion? Where?
Should I pay to have it repaired or should I get a different car. Edmunds.com says a 1998 corolla sedan is worth $2856. What other repairs might I need in the near future? If $3000 in repairs would get me reliable transportation for three or four years without a lot of other maintenance it might be worth it.
Any advice on how to deal with this would be welcome. Should I repair it, get a used car, a new car, lease a car. If I should I get a used car - how old. etc. I would like to have reliable no frills transportation for a little cost as possible.
Also as you can see a 1998 car with 87000 miles means I don’t drive that much and it has rusted out before I got my “money’s worth” so that is likely to happen if I get another car. How do I figure that into my calculations?
I’m in somewhat of a state of shock because I’ve been getting multi-point inspections regularly. The last one was in march this year and they replaced some of the brake parts, but they didn’t warn me this rust problem was coming.