Take a breath.
Do not panic.
Buying a car may be necessary, but it is not cause for alarm.
Quite simply, when the repairs are more than the car is worth, it's time for a new car! Who has $1,000 lying around every othe week? Not me! $300 a month? Sure! I'll pay for a car...but 2 grand on a regular basis to fix a dying vehicle. No. Not a good idea.