Beater car drivers, what's your breaking point?

Matt2000

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4. Call breakdown insurance, tell them to send the car to the garage where you next car is waiting.
Now that's forward planning. :D

I don't class my D1 as a beater and as such have sunk many thousands more than I paid for it in to repairs and modifications. The D2 isn't far behind, but only repairs this time.
 

Cavi Mike

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I sometimes wonder how close you could get with a come-along and a tape measure.
Not saying I haven't done that before... but frames are a bit more heavy duty than a core support, so not exactly sure how to hold the car in place. I doubt a couple of wheel chocks are gonna work.

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CraigB

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I've done it. I've even modified a scissor jack and used 4x4 blocks to push out the back panel on a Honda.
 

Cavi Mike

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Suspension mounting points are structural, they're the strongest parts of the car. The back panel of a car is cosmetic.
 

TGCDN

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I sometimes wonder how close you could get with a come-along and a tape measure.
I can attest to this, Pretty damn close. I had a old Mercury Cougar (88) that a "friend" rammed into a Buick and crumpled the front passenger corner of the unibody to the point of messing up the camber. Basically pulled it back out and measured the dims, compared to a parts car I had. If I recall correctly, it drove pretty damn strait up until the headgasket letting go.

In regard to the original topic.... I let you know when I hit that limit 'cause I haven't not fixed anything on my Daily yet (well aside the dented body work due to cows).
 

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I usually got rid of my beaters once winter was over, sort of...
Kep my W202 until late spring because I had my GTI away for two weeks then.
And the Mk2 Golf was very hard to let go... Sat around for over a year I think until I finally sold it. And that was just because the buyer came up to me, didn't even try to sell it at that point...
 

That American Girl

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Meh, when it's just unsafe to drive and I don't have a garage or anywhere I can fix the stuff I do know how to fix.
 
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