Not a mechanic... nor do I play one on TV. Your information is kinda skimpy
so the estimate will vary widely.
2.0 hours labor times what your hourly labor charge is (class B skill level)
160.00 Heater core
Cooling System Refill
Heater Hoses and clamps
Shop Charges 10% of Bill or $50. max
Based upon the little information provided.... I would guesstimate between
$ 600.00 at a service shop. More if you replace hoses and have the cooling
Heater Core 55.00
Anti Freeze 8.00
Heater Hose #1 Engine Bypass 10.00
Heater Hose #2 Engine outlet 8.00
$81,00 Plus 3 hours of your labor.
Depends upon how you calculate the value of the Van..
Book value - what someone would be willing to pay you for the van, or what you
should be willing to pay someone else for the van. This price includes all the
that is just waiting to break and will need replacement.
Actual value... if it's been maintained properly, parts replaced on schedule,
the broken stuff fixed thus maintaining and adding to the estimated life of the
So in this case... the van might be close to worthless and functionally worn
would expect the book value to reflect this condiition as it takes into
the fact that nothing lasts forever and you are purchasing a used vehicle into
you might have to pour a lot of money.
the van could have been worked on, parts replaced, service done and might
have a useable life of xxx amount of miles. Finding a replacement van in
condition would be difficult or impossible. In this case, investing the money
in repairs MIGHT make a lot more sense.. You may not get the money back
in resale value... however you WILL get the money back in extended use
of the vehicle.
Book value is not always an accurate indicator when it comes to deciding
or not to invest money in repairs. The actual condition of the car is more
In the OP... van is 1991. I have a 1990 with 120,000 miles. Book
Value is zip...however based on previous experience with APV's, I can expect
them to go to 200,000 miles just needing minor replacement (alternators, the
stupid intake gasket if it hasn't been done yet, front end work). If you DIY,
get a nice car for a lot less money then the depreciation alone on a more
recent car. My 2002 otoh dropped 9,000 in 5 years and will still need all
the service and replacement parts... including the upper / lower intake manifold
gasket replacement. My 1991 probably has only cost me 2, 500 in service
the same period of 5 years of ownership.
Hopefully someone else can explain this concept a little more clearly than I
Just my .02....
well, peter, i think that was a great explanation of what should be
common sense! simpler for most would be............dont put 600 bucks in
a beater. buy a coat!......dont hesitate at 600 dollars on a keeper, if
your sure its a keeper!.........kjun
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