I have a 1997 Acura Integra that looks great and runs great with about 140,000 miles.
It was stolen a few weeks ago and when recovered still looked great but the engine was a bit rough. The mechanic says it needs a new transmission now and struts. Of course my insurance company wants to total the car and give me about $4200, or I can keep the car and get $3,700. If I keep it and repair it I would probably have to put about $1000-1200 of my own money into the repair.
The car had been so dependable that I had planned to drive it for another 10 years so I don’t really want to total it. But, the mechanic says that they can’t guarantee that they won’t find more issues with it once the transmission is fixed. And I live in California where I would then have to get a salvage title which affects the value of the car, insurance, etc.
I can’t really afford a new car right now. Is it crazy to just fix my car and hope for the best? HELP!