At what point do cars become unviable?
I've just been reading the thread on high mileages and got to thinking, when does it become unviable to keep a car on road.
I bought my Spider about 18 months ago and it was a bit of a wreck, I've seen better than mine scrapped. I bought it because it was cheap and didn't know anything about Alfa's. It was obviously previously owned by a right plonker who knew how to take things apart but not how to put back together, in fact, I still occassionally come across an odd screw or bolt left in the odd corner or incorrectly fitted parts. However, this has become a bit of an obsession with me to get the car back into some form of good condition. So far, new cam, water pump, clutch, exhaust, bushes and radiator. It is now mechanically sound and needs respray and maybe a couple of seats (although mine aren't too bad). It's currently got 93,000 miles on it but I intend to keep it running as I love the perisher.
But, at what point does a car become unviable? If your in the business of scrapping then maybe it's when one component fails and it's more profitable to break the car but no love in that. With prices bound to rise in future then spending now and keeping running makes the car more viable to keep maintained and run but where is the break even point?