Take everything into consideration, since I've been able to maintain my car by asking questions and reading other similar issues among the other members in the forum. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by saving most of your money and try doing things yourself during your off time. A mechanic will always charge you double plus interest, so be mindful if you hand over your car to a mech. Like stated previously look through here and ask people for assistance and help... Some might come to you and help you out its just a matter of asking for help. Good luck in your decision.