I have a 96 Nissan Sentra with about 68,000 miles on it (awesome, right?). This car is a trooper and has been with me for several years. I live in Pennsylvania where there is a yearly inspection requirement – mechanical in addition to emissions. I took it in last week for inspection. My mechanic, who is a great guy I trust, tells me I need about $500 worth of work in order to get it to pass inspection: a new exhaust from the catalytic converter back, a tie down of some kind (engine?), and a rod that I believe connects the wheels.
This car blue books in Fair condition at about 1000. It’s in Fair or less condition. I don’t have very much money at all right now, and I’m trying to decide if I should sink it into fixing the car and hoping nothing else major breaks soon, or spending it on a down payment for a new(er) car. It would be a no-brainer in favor of the newer car if my mileage weren’t so low. I don’t know a whole lot about cars but I’m trying to educate myself—not sure if the age of the car or the low mileage wins out on this one.
Any advice at all is sooooooooo appreciated. Thank you!