Ok so back in September of last year my car felt like it was about to break down and leave me stranded, so I just let it sit in the driveway and bought a new car. The car seemed almost like it wasn’t getting enough air through the intake or something it felt like the thing was gasping or something, it became extremely difficult to accelerate and even if I floored the pedal it still seemed to barely keep moving, also the engine began making a very loud sound like it was very labored.
I don’t know a lot about cars though from some things I read online I thought it may have something to do with a hose or the catalytic converter. The car had a history of the engine light coming on, and it was always the idle air control setting it off I believe. I had a leak in the coolant at one point but got it fixed.
Ok so the car has been sitting there 6 months or so, its a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon, it only had 130k miles on it, and its been paid off for years though I bought it used. The car did not actually break down on the road per se but it certainly seemed right on the verge.
So with the information I’ve given you, what would you do, I would need to get a new battery, have it towed to the dealer, and pay for them to tell me exactly whats wrong with it. If I scrap it, I know I’ll only get a few hundred bucks if I’m lucky, if it costs like a grand or less to make it run I have the money that I could get it fixed and maybe sell it for a little over 2k if there is nothing else wrong with it and make a little profit, but if I take the chance of getting it towed and looked at and it can’t be fixed then I’ve erased any profit I would have made if I simply had it scrapped the thing.
So what would you do in my situation?