Yeah me and the wife going back and worth over this one....
Yes if I could learn to do everything myself it would be cheaper..Using that logic I can build a home,do basic wire/plumbing along with landscape and garden design,grow anything or drive it...Cars im Pretty good at diagnosing the issue "BUT" never put in the time it takes to become good..Greenhouse and wood working shop but no automotive gerr-age.
Back to trucks;
So do a bit o research..Some companys are quoting upwards of 18K for the same service so I know my "body guy[personal even] is being fair money wise,for high quality work.Still hard to rationalize it to the wife.The quote was for worst case senerio but still a scary number.
I feal if we go that route I wont ever have to worry about rust again in my lifetime of the truck.Sand blasting and rust proofing frame up inside and out of all panels etc.
Wife is pushing just to fix enough[ bondo] to keep stickered and get a few more years out.
So far ive kept up on all maintenance and the engine feals real strong.We love the awd/hemi combo but it also factors in..If and when we take on that replacement cost we are almost up to new truck money again.
Any way I look at it,it will cost me more to drive then ill ever get back out..
I also remember starting from srtatch,working out all the little bugs when you buy cheep to start...100 gremlins later wtf.At least with a truck ive owned for the last 60k on the odometer im pretty sure of what I got.
Maybe a compromise to buy time to#1 save some more money.
#2 talk the ole lady in thinking the truck may be a perminate part of the driveway..lol
Thanks for listening and advice...