I have a 2002 Honda Civic DX coupe, manual transmission, with 150K on it. I discovered while trying to get it registered here in Massachusetts that it has about $700 worth of problems with the evap system that will prevent it from passing inspection, as well as a leak in the exhaust manifold that will likely cause problems down the road and that was estimated at $1400 to repair. I’ve put a lot of money into this car over the past year, and since I now live in the city and don’t really need it, I’ve decided it’s time to get rid of it.
My question is: What is my best strategy for getting the most out of this vehicle? It’s a reliable, fuel efficient car with no known safety problems. Should I do the $700, immediate fix and then sell? Should I try to sell as-is? I’m hesitant to shovel $2100 into it, since I don’t imagine I’ll be able to get much more than $3000 for it. Is anyone even going to want to buy it given that it’s got that issue hanging over it? It’s a good car and it seems a waste to scrap it for an emissions issue. Are there states with different emissions standards where it could pass inspection?
Any advice would be appreciated.