I have a '96 Honda Accord Station Wagon that recently had brake failure. I took it to a mechanic (found on this website), who told me there is extensive rust damage and that all brake lines and the fuel line must be replaced, at about $1500. This quote was not in writing, and I feel I could talk him down a little.
I want to do this, since my car is beloved, but- the warnings are loud and clear: if the brake lines are this bad, the rest of the undercarriage will need to be replaced in a matter of years, so I’ll be racking up a $1200 + yearly total worth of repairs for years.
What should I do? Cut my losses, and sell the car for scrap, or take the gamble and do these repairs hoping the car will hold up for 5 more years?
Also, what the heck do you people in the midwest do about this all the time? I live on the west coast and got this car from my grandpa in Illinois. If this is happening to a car that was well maintained and is only 20 years old, you must have to trade in your vehicles every few years!