About 2 years ago I purchased a 2001 ford focus with 60,000 miles for about 3,500. I had the car checked out, before I bought it, everything was in working order. Since then, I’ve driven it nearly 30,000 miles and low and behold, it’s starting to break down. I wanted to ask your opinions about the cost and necessity of the various repairs I have made, and the ones I’ve been told I need to have done.
2 weeks ago my alternator died on me, I had my car towed to a repair shop owned by a family friend and was charged $690 for the repair. I felt this cost was unfair, so last week when my car started lurching, I brought it to a different garage and asked for a diagnostics test and an estimate for what needed to be repaired. Turned out to be a cracked ignition coil which I had replaced along with spark plugs- the cost of this job along with the diagnostics test was $490. Seemed about reasonable, especially since the mechanic told me up front that diagnostics would cost me about $90.
After looking at my car he also found that the back right wheel bearing needed to be replaced, but I didn’t have the cash to get that taken care of at the time. I understand that that job should cost about $250. Am I right? I didn’t get a quote from him.
Anyway, after sinking 1/3 the cost of the car in repairs in 2 weeks, my new plan is to sell it, put a down payment on a Toyota. I have been told I probably need new brake pads too- not sure what the cost of that would be. All things considered, do y’all think I’m getting a fair deal from either one of these mechanics on my repairs? What do you think the cost of getting the bearing and brake pads replaced would be? Should I just sell the car for what I can get for it now and forgo repairs? Or in general should I be able to make at least some of my money back by getting it fixed up before listing?