Hi, I have a low mileage (57K) 2000 Camry that has been very reliable. However since moving from Concord, NH (where I parked in a parking garage) back to western Mass (Chesterfield) where my car sits in a dirt parking area exposed to the elements, the exhaust has been rusting and now the left front strut/spring assembly has rusted & collapsed and is resting on the tire (see photos).
FYI: I only have Social Security as income and need to fix the car as inexpensively as possible.
I don’t have anyone to assist me or an extensive set of tools or jack/stands.
- What might be involved/needed as far as parts? Note: I’m looking at the “MONROE 181679” which sounds like it’s inclusive (barring unforeseen/add’tnl issues)
- What might the cost difference (for parts) be between the nearby (AAA) repair shop and what I see online (like Rock Auto)? (Should I buy the parts?)
- What could I expect as far as labor hrs (for both L & R strut assemblies) realizing that an alignment will likely be required also but not sure if the shop
has the equipment to do it in house.
- What are some of the more inexpensive options to deal with the areas that are rusting (the areas with undercoating are still fine) like exhaust & suspension (within the Massachusetts regulations)?
*The flex section of the exhaust rusted (all the braids) and broke at the seams and had to be replaced during last inspection (11/2013).