I have a Toyota Echo 2005 and was quoted a ~$800+ repair for a broken AC compressor. I trust my mechanics and his diagnosis, and without the repair the car is unusable (very loud grinding noise). He also told me that unlike other cars, this car doesn't allow the AC to be bypassed.
The mechanics mentioned there are other repairs coming down my way in the not so distant future: new brakes, "pads" (can't remember exact name for it) under the brakes that aren't cheap at all and probably need replacement, and possibly others. The mechanics was even kind enough to explain it isn't an obvious call to make whether to fix and keep the car, or call it good and say bye to it.
As much as I love my Echo, I think I am ready to get rid of it before it becomes a money sink hole. (Not to mention the perspective of getting a 2-3 year old LEAF that's making me more and more excited.)
That leaves me down with the question of whether to fix that AC compressor with the hope of selling the car for a couple thousand bucks on Craigslist like I sold all my other cars in the past, or, sell it as is I am not even sure to whom. I read in a few places that major repairs before selling is typically not a good idea, but does that apply to a repair that makes the car not even drivable otherwise?
What should I do to get rid of my car in a financially intelligent way?