I'll briefly paint the picture here, I only need a cheap little round-a-round - and this 1996 Clio is exactly that, insurance company estimates it's worth £295, but they don't know, for example, that the electric window in the driver's door is fucked and the main dealer quoted over £300 to fix it, and there's a couple of other things that would cost about the same to fix, but are also not that important, so basically, in theory, it's worth less than fuck all. I had expected trouble at last year's MOT, but amazingly it passed without anything at all being needed to be done, but they flagged-up problems ahead, as you would expect for a car of that age. Thinking there was no way I was going to bother to take it back to a main dealer this year, as they tend to like to replace rather than repair parts and have stupid hourly labour rates, I was resigned to spunking a couple of grand for a replacement. Then, by chance a new independent garage opened in the village and shortly after some twat drove into the back of me, just breaking the nearside light unit, so I popped in there to get a quote. Whilst waiting I overheard the chap explaining to another customer that he had repaired a part rather than replacing it, saving them 'x' amount, and thought - I like what I am hearing. When I first started driving I always knew/used trustworthy independent garages, but over the years I've moved around a lot and for most of the last 20-odd years I've had company cars, so I've not had to consider such things. So, I decided to gamble the MOT fee at this new place just on the off chance - I had in my head, that if it cost under £500 to pass the MOT it would most likely be worth keeping it going for another year as it has very low mileage and has been reliable. Anyway, it needed loads of work & parts, in particular to do with the brakes & steering - in the mix was some replacement yoke for the steering that would itself cost £350+VAT and, of course, labour costs to fit. Basically, not worth it. However, the option was to strip down this yoke to see if it could be repaired, but that would mean gambling an hour's labour charge, which could reduce the overall cost from something like £900 to just under the £500 mark. Now, I was already in for almost £50, the question was if I were prepared to basically double that gamble or not? I tossed a coin - took the gamble - total bill came in just short of £470. The big question, of course, remains - did I do the right thing?