Facts first–I’m female, overly sentimental, and know very little about cars. My husband and consequently his brother are male (right!), sensitive but practical, and know quite a bit about cars–brother-in-law is a mechanic and has been for 18 some years. He has also been our mechanic for 7+ years.
We have a most beloved 1997 Volvo 850 Wagon with about 250K on the meter…We’ve taken the advice of our in-family mechanic and have done minimal repairs, those that ‘needed fixing the most’, doing a few here and there, bypassing others, to ‘save money’. Now the old girl needs quite a bit of TLC, and the real meaning of nickle and diming has popped into question once again…
In my mind, the one who knows very little, I feel like we should hold on to the Volvo, give her an actual annual check-up (I mean, she IS a part of this family); stop piecemealing her repairs and fix the issue thoroughly when it arises; and just keep with her needs. I just don’t believe in nickle and diming, especially when I see cars 20+ years old on the road still…Not to mention growing up with older used Saabs my entire life.
In my husband’s mind, and his brother’s as well, the car is on the way out; it’s far too expensive to just keep doing repairs on an old/high-mileage car, with pricey parts to boot; we should save that money and buy a new/newer used car (more than likely a Subaru wagon–hybrids are too expensive!); and just move on.
Please, please please tell me the truth–is nickle and diming real, or is it just a ploy of the car dealer/mechanic’s secret relationship to buy more/new cars and get parts in the junkyard to then keep up their own old cars?!
I’d love advice to at least sound like I know what I’m talking about…