Thank you for the comments. Of course the garage sells new cars, they sold me this one and they are straight with me as far as I can tell.......
The StreetKa is a fun, girly car and there isn't anything around that's similar. I can see that the day has to dawn when it becomes sentiment versus cost, just hoped others might say that there's lots of life left in a ten year old.
Could of been a repair only garage you didnt say, but as far as them been straight with you I very much doubt its for your benefit, the best thing to do is make yourself a list of how much the car has cost you over the last year and parts that have failed.
If it comes back as service items thats normal costs that any car would cost you, so car is not costing anymore to run than a newer/new car.
On a car been 10 year old I dont see this as a problem, but you have to take in consideration millage, area in country it located in and how well its looked after, so if it has 200000 miles gets serviced once every 25000 miles and spends its time lugging hay-bails along what would be best described as a pot holed farm track at 50 mph I would say its at end of life. You know how you have looked after your car in its maintenance and your driving technique add to that what extra the car is costing you above you normal servicing and you will get your answer.
Ps. my Son in law is a Principle Manager for a large main dealership and there are all Salesmen, they have a living to make too and in this financial climate we are in, it makes selling cars harder.