Ok, so I took my used 1995 Ford Taurus to get it inspected today, and it failed. The right front and left rear springs were completely broken. The other ones looked fine, although they did have a little rust. I know I’ve been driving on these for awhile. Strangely, I replaced the front tires about 4 months ago, and the mechanic didn’t say anything about the springs being bad. Today, I was warned that the current springs could spring out and jab my tires at any moment. The mechanic said all four needed to be replaced, and that approximately 4 hours of labor were expected for the task.
Anyway, I’ve gotten prices quoted to me of anywhere between approximately $500 to $800 for repairs with new parts. But the private dealer I bought the car from recommended that he could fix it with used parts, which will obviously be much cheaper. (like maybe $350 or so…He didn’t give me a quote yet, and since he is gone for labor day weekend, I still have some time to decide what to do.) *Would used parts from a junked car be safe? *
My other idea is just to trade the car in for a new or used car, before anything else goes wrong. I can’t decide if I should bother fixing it first if I decide to this. I suppose I could fix it with used parts, and then eventually sell the car, instead of making a trade-in. Any opinions?
Here’s my situation: I can afford to get a new car and make monthly payments on it with my current job; however, I am concerned that if I decide to go back to school withing the next year or two, I will not be able to continue making all the payments. I could probably pay off a decent used car, though, before that time. I estimate that I could save up about 5 grand in the next six months. I need any car I get to last about 5 more years, without any major repairs needed.