We need some car advice. Here's what we have: 2 work trucks with no a/c and 1 car with oodles of miles, unresolved overheating problems, broken automatic windows, needs new shocks/struts. The car is what I use for hauling the kids around. It's been paid for for a couple years which is so awesome. But not when it threatens to overheat when it's above 80 degrees outside. It makes going places with the kids a bit challenging. Evan has replaced a bunch of stuff to see if we can get the overheating fixed. Nada nothing. It's most likely the head gasket, which would cost about $1,700 to have repaired. We just had the a/c redone a month ago for $500. We would get $800 if we traded it in. So....we have no idea what to do. With #3 coming up a bigger vehicle would be nice. But a car payment would not be. A friend told me today that you always come out ahead if your repair payment would be cheaper than 5 months of car payments. But if it's going to cost us $1,700 to fix it...that's quite a bit more than 5 months of payments. Do we:
A) Drive the car until it dies and then worry about it.
B) Trade it in and get our $800.
C) Lease. (I don't really understand the pros/cons to leasing...anyone do/done this?)
D) Go green, ditch the car and become hermits.