My wife is the CEO of a small (read: struggling) non-profit that recently had a car problem. They have a wheelchair accessible (modified) 2003 Chevrolet Intervan that was recently diagnosed with a cracked block. The garage has given a quote of $5600 to replace the engine (with a rebuilt one, I guess); A new replacement for this vehicle is over $40K. The car appears to be otherwise in good shape, with only 34000 miles…it just happens to be 10 years old. By virtue of a few Y chromosomes, I was deemed to be sufficiently knowledgable to decide on a course of action, so, I turn to the community.
Are there some specific things we should ask about the condition of the rest of the van that would help decide whether the old van has some life in it?
The van was bought in June with only 28000 miles on it, pretty low, could the very low mileage be a problem, that is the engine was not run enough for a long period of time?
The mechanics made a comment like “chevy engines don’t last very long”, as an explanation for the problem…bogus?
Thanks for any insights