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Old 09-02-2019, 04:28 PM   #713 (permalink)
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It's funny - I was wondering the same thing.

I bet if this car had a current safety inspection, it'd be pretty easy to sell for ~$1800.

A thorough professional rustproofing costs about $150 here. If you did it every other year starting after about 5 or 6 years from new (the factory paint/rustproofing will easily last that long), you'd have done 4 or 5 treatments by now on a 2004 model year. So let's say $750 invested in anti-rust treatments over 10 years.

(Of course you could DIY it for about 20% of that cost using a non-toxic spray. Or free if you want to slosh used motor oil everywhere! Some people do that.)

So he woulld have been ahead of the game: $1800 less $750 = $1050, rather than ~$500 for a car that's so rusty it's only good for parts.

Not to mention one less car going to the junkyard prematurely.
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