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I hit a pothole which knocked van out of alignment, broke the control arm and cracked the frme underneath is it worth repairing?

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That must have been one heck of a pot hole. Depending on the mileage it may not be worth it. If you are able to do the work yourself then it may be worth it if you can find parts from a wrecking yard. Otherwise cut your losses and think about a newer vehicle.
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