I don't feel the least bit embarrassed by my duct taped car because I've seen many bumpers, wind mirrors and even exhaust pipes being held up by the stuff. I recently came across a website from which you can get updated pricing for all manner of car repairs and parts. All you have to do is type in the make, model and year and you get pretty good pricing for parts and labour in your local area. Maybe I should make use of such a service, but I think I want to sell and move on. Maybe a Kelly Blue Book is what I need.
I'm still deliberating this decision. After all, I've just got my old car working properly. The odds of buying another used car with a fresh set of its own problems are quite high, even if I just want something practical and medium cost. At least I know where I stand with my own car because every thing that could've gone wrong, has already done so.