When to Repair or Replace Your Chrysler Car
Having car troubles? Bring your car to the service center at Brown’s Elkader Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM for a diagnosis. Our technicians will give you an estimate for Chrysler repairs, including the cost of labor and parts. For more extensive and expensive repairs, you may debate whether to get your car fixed or replace it altogether — here’s how to decide.
Determine the Repair Cost and Your Car’s Value
First, bring the car to our dealership and get a repair estimate. Next, determine your vehicle’s current value. You can get a free appraisal by going to an authoritative automotive site like Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book and using their valuation tool.
Crunch the Numbers
This is where experts differ in their assessment. Some suggest replacing your car if the repair cost exceeds the car’s value, which is rare. Others suggest replacing the car if the repair cost is 50% to 70% of the vehicle’s value.
Consider Other Factors
There is no right or wrong answer when comparing these values — it’s a personal judgement call. If you’re stumped, there are other ways to decide.
Replace your vehicle if:
- It has needed additional maintenance in the past two or three years, such as more frequent oil changes or other serious repairs
- You want a car with more modern tech and safety features
Repair your car if:
- You own your current car outright and you can’t afford to take on a monthly car payment
- You’re not ready to part with it because it has sentimental value
Still can’t decide? Schedule a vehicle inspection at our dealership and service center in Elkader, IA. Have your car repaired by a certified technician, or check out great models like the Chrysler Pacifica. See you soon!