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Over the past year I have spent over $1,500 on repairs to my car (it has been driven 180,000 km's). My car has more problems. The brake lines are rusted, the locks on the front doors on either side no longer work properly (the key can't seem to be turned in the lock and takes forever to open, so I usually leave the car unlocked). Also, the car can't be driven on the highway for more than about 2 hours at a time - sometimes the engine overheats, the car sometimes can barely make it up a hill, sometimes cannot accelerate. Aside from the rusted brake lines and broken locks, it seems to drive well in the city. I'm trying to decide what I should do. I would like to look into buying a newer car. Should I get repairs done to this car to get it certified in order to sell it? Should I try to sell it "as is"? Do you think it's worthless and should be sold to an auto wrecker? Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

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Cherie Watters, President of Sales and Marketing at Hi Leslie, From what you are saying, seems like the car is having a lot of problems. Thing is how do you sell it to someone else in this kind of condition? If you start to fix the car, you may find out it needs even more work. To get the most money for the car, you would have to sell it on your own "Has IS" or it may just be easier to use it has a trade in on a car from a dealer and let them deal with the headache. Between your car and the money you do not spend repairing it, you can probably get yourself a nice affordable, reliable car. Hope this helps

Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Personally, I would not try to sell as is, but would see if a dealer would take it in as a trade. We have done this on a couple of junkers (please don't take offense) and got a "down payment" out of them and got them off our hands. Good Luck!

Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc I do not have enough information to give you a proper answer but if you do a Blue book value on the car and it is worth less than 5000.00 I would cut your looses and sell it as is. If it is worth more it may be worth fixing and keeping Patti

Chris Walsh, Owner at Consolidated Automotive Services of indiana Hi Leslie, You really need to look into getting a newer vehicle. The fct that you cannot run on the highway without overheating and lack of power sounds like you have more serious problems with the engine. You will probably be spending major money soon on your current car. Than you for the inquiry

Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) Your car is basically at the end of its life. I would donate it to Goodwill or another charity or to a school that teach auto repair. My guess is it is not safe to drive and should be replaced very soon. Any money you put in the car would be money lost.

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