How do you know when it’s time to sell your car?For starters, if you have any of the following car repairs, it may be wise to consider selling your car. Remember, if a repair costs more than 50% of a vehicle’s value, the car is technically totalled.
Most Expensive Automotive Repairs
Transmission: The transmission is an integral part of any standard vehicle. The transmission “transmits” the power of the engine to power the wheels. It does this by changing “gears” to match the vehicle speed with the engine power. While the principle is simple, it can be a difficult and time-consuming part of a vehicle to fix, and it often requires a specialist. That’s why the cost of a new transmission can be hefty and can cost up to $8,000.
Combustion Cylinder: This pricey cylinder that generates power for the engine can end up running you up to $8,000 in repairs. The combustion cylinder is an extremely precise form of equipment that pressurizes air and fuel. Then, your car’s spark plugs ignite the mixture creating even more pressure. This intense burst of pressure is what moves your engine’s pistons, and this process is what powers your engine. As you can imagine, the timing and accuracy of this process has to be perfect, and replacing a combustion cylinder requires a high level of skill.
Head Gasket: This is the piece of equipment that keeps oil, coolant, and pressurized air from leaking out of your engine. The head gasket has to be able to withstand high amounts of pressure and temperature. While they’re sturdy, every once in awhile they can break, and head gasket repair can cost you nearly $2000. If your engine is overheating, starting or running strange, or you notice thick white smoke coming out of your tailpipe, you might have “blown a gasket.”
Fuel Injectors: Fuel injectors are responsible for releasing the right amount of fuel in an internal combustion engine–the camshaft is responsible for when they release the right amount of fuel. For each piston your car has, it will have the same amount of fuel injectors. Although diesel fuel injectors are more expensive, fuel injector repair can cost you up to $300 per fuel injector.
Camshaft: The camshaft is an essential part of an internal combustion engine. It’s responsible for making sure that the fuel injection and gas exhaust valves open and close at the perfect times. While rare, camshafts can break. Usually, the breaking of a camshaft is indicative of another problem, and if it does break it can cause damage to other parts of the engine as well. If you solely need a replacement camshaft, the camshaft repair cost can run you up to $3000. However, it’s wise to get a full engine check to make sure nothing else was damaged.
Repair or Replace Car?
As you may have gathered, many of the most expensive car repairs are related to needing engine repair. Since timing and accuracy are what make engines work well, any misstep or broken part requires labor intensive and expensive repairs. While one repair may run you $1000, the likelihood of there only being one damaged part in an engine is slim. If you do have engine damage and decide to sell your car, call us or fill out the form on this page to get an instant cash offer! Whether your car is running or not, Cash for Cars will purchase it, tow it for free, and get you cash for your car!