I am a mum to two little ones and really need a car to get around as live in quite a rural area.
Having got my 2002 2.0l ford focus petrol ghia MOT'd a few months ago it sailed through. (has done 78k miles)
Unfortunately, yesterday it started making a horrible noise like a lawnmower and lost a lot of power.
I had a mobile mechanic come out today and have been told not to drive it. Something probably has corroded/broken and gotten into the engine.
The main problem I have is that the entire engine would need to be taken apart to diagnose exactly what is wrong with it - cost £hundreds, plus the mechanic is pretty sure he's seen this before and the engine is probably damaged along with other parts around it meaning new engine + parts. I.e. cost more than the value of the car!
So I went from having a car worth around £1500 to £100 in the space of an hour :(
I can't help feeling that because I am a young women and don't understand the technical aspects of what he was saying that I could be taken for a ride.
Can anyone offer any advice - would be very grateful