Chrysler Concord 2001
Our 15 year old car failed inspection. The problem was the driver's side window no longer opened and the headlights were out of alignment.
The headlight alignment cost $58.50 for labor. I might have been able to do it myself but I wasn't sure if I had the tools and I'd rather spend the time doing something else.
The window motor only needed to be opened up and lubricated for $117.
Why do I want to keep the car? It's the best investment I could ever make. It has little if any depreciation left. There are no monthly payments. Very low property tax. Starts up right away and runs smoothly with a comfortable ride.
There are a few rattles and it needs some body work; mostly scratches, dings, door rubber seals, etc. That's not so bad.
I spoke with someone at the garage who told me one of their customers has a 2008 hybrid with over 400,000 miles on it! It needed a $2,000 battery but the man was happy to pay it.
I'll have some bodywork done and keep it for a while.