When should you stop putting money into a car?

I have an old clunker car that's been pretty reliable, but I feel like it's on its last leg. When should I stop putting money into a car and buy a new one?

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It sounds like you have a trusty vehicle, but it may be time to say goodbye.
As a general rule, you should continue to do maintenance on your vehicle for as long as it’s economically feasible. Most experts suggest following the 50% rule. This means that you should do any repairs that cost 50% or less of the value of the vehicle. If costs are higher than this, you may want to start looking for a new or used car.
It is always a good idea to get a professional opinion on big decisions like this. Bring your car to a trusted mechanic for advice and direction. They can give you an idea of what parts might need to be replaced next and how much future repairs could cost you.
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Answered on Oct 29, 2021
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