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Agree with zumo, buy a cheaper secondhand car. Our 10-year old Zafira cost £1400 2 years ago. Since we've had it, the biggest repair bill for it has been £350 (new handbrake cables & calipers) - if a garage told us anything was going to cost more than that to repair, we'd just tell them to leave it & buy a different car. It has cost us about a grand over the time we have had it, mostly on wear-and-tear type things eg handbrake, tyres etc.
we've just found out today that the cost to repair our car is around £1500 . We don't have it. We dont know anyone who can lend it to us. We can't get a loan to pay it off as we're with a debt management company. We need the car to get to work (we both work shifts) take the dc's to school, shopping etc. I don't know what to do. It seems like its an endless struggle. We just about claw our way to the top then something like this happens and takes us right back down again . I don't know why I've posted tbh. Just wanted air it i suppose.