I’ve got a '99 Alero GLS Coupe. It’s got really low mileage for it’s age, just 85K, and it’s runs like a top. Never had the slightest engine or transmission issue and by all indications it’ll be good for another 30K+. It’s got new tires, brakes and rotors, battery, water pump and a couple year old alternator. All in all, I’ve got quite a big of money into it already and it’s tough to justify scrapping it.
My registration is due at the end of April and I require a new emissions test before I can get one. My car is showing a Service Engine Soon light and posting a ODB code of P0442 which is a small evap leak. Research indicates that this could be a ill fitting gas cap or a small leak in a evap hose, that’s a cheap and easy fix. It also could be a hole in the gas tank or an issue with the evap vent or canister valves, those all could be pricier to fix.
Fixing the car is a tough pill for me to swallow. First off, locating the problem in and of itself could be a time consuming process. Getting the smoke test performed to locate the leak could cost over $100 before a single repair is made and if it’s an issue with an electronic component those parts could end up costing quite a bit more. Aside from the SES light and emissions issue the car has a handful of niggling issues. It’s got a failing wheel speed sensor, a dented rim causing a slow tire leak and a AC compressor clutch that’s on it’s way out. The drivers seat has a busted side bolster making it uncomfortable to sit in and it’s got quite a bit of rust isolated on both sides between the door and rear wheel well. Taken individually none of these problems are major but collectively they make throwing any more money at this thing a royal pain.
So, I’m faced with the choice to either fix the evap issue and keep it on the road and cope with the other issues, sell it as is and buy another cheap used car or go all out and fix everything with the intention of hanging onto the car for another couple years.
The most pressing question is the one stated in the thread title. Any chance of selling this car as-is? If I can’t find a buyer and/or selling it without it being eligible to be registered is impossible what other options do I have for the car? Will a used car dealer want to buy it? Can I donate it? I don’t feel like it’s to the point where it needs to be scrapped.
So, Dopers, mechanics and car flippers, any advice here?