‘Should I keep investing money into an 11-year-old vehicle?’

The Car Doc weighs in.

2006 Honda CR-V.
2006 Honda CR-V. –Honda

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Q. I own a 2006 Honda CR-V with approximately 107,000 miles. My little SUV needs four new tires, which I estimate will cost about $800, plus I’m thinking it may need some suspension work. I’m undecided as to whether I should invest this amount of money in an 11-year-old vehicle or trade it in.

A. These days, we see cars routinely lasting 200,000 miles or more. If the CR-V still meets your needs and you’re prepared to spend more money on additional maintenance such as brakes, drive belts, and fluid changes, I don’t see any reason not to keep your car. My biggest concern would be the overall structure, but if the undercarriage is still pretty rust-free and the overall dependability has been good, it makes sense to hang onto it.

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John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. He answers readers’ questions each Saturday. You can tune in to his radio program Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. on 950AM WROL or www.wrolradio.com. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com. Follow John on Twitter @johnfpaul and friend him on Facebook mrjohnfpaul.

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