Mindy Memories

Monday, July 24, 2006

The car is kaput

Took the car to the mechanic up the street and asked him to run a diagnostic on the engine and let me know how much it will be to fix and his opinion about it being worth fixing. He called me this afternoon and said that, while it was up to me, he didn't think it was worth it for me to put more money into this car and to use the money instead to put into a new car. I thought that would be the verdict, but I had to be sure. It says a lot for the mechanic, as he could have taken me for a lot of money to keep fixing this and that.

So, I'm looking into buying something in December, figuring that's when I can get good deals on 2006 cars and maybe cars from a previous year or two. In the meantime, I will save up some money for a better down payment. In the end, this is really a good thing because I probably should have done this a year ago. I just hated the idea of having car payments again. Oh well, this way I can get a smaller car that's easier to park and maneuver and is better on gas than my '95 Buick Regal. I can get a new Scion, Chevy Aveo, Toyota Yaris, or a Saturn for between $10k and $14k. If I'm going to get a car, I'm going to pay the extra to have a/c and a CD player. I'd love to also have a sunroof, but that's not as important. Those are the prices I'm seeing now. In December I think I'll get a better deal while they are trying to get the old cars off the lot. The only exception is the Yaris, as I think the first year of those is 2007, not sure. I'm not sure if I want to buy a car the first year it's made, as all the kinks aren't out. Well, I have a few months to think about it, save up some money, and then go to a few places and see what deals I can get.

It's a shame, though. I really liked that car, although in the past year she really went downhill. She was very comfortable and I loooooved the sunroof. I've had her longer than any other car, so it's hard to let go. It seems silly to get so attached to something inanimate, doesn't it? lol

My weigh-in is tomorrow morning. We'll see how I do. As of last week I was down another 2 pounds but I was eating like nuts this weekend. I'm probably not down any, but that's OK. Sometimes I surprise myself and lose a little when I don't think I will, and not when I think I should. I don't get it.

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  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger Dianne said…

    Sorry about your car. Don't rule out those online places. I can't remember the name-but it doesn't hurt to see what they are getting for specific models.
    My van is 10 yrs old and we just sunk over 1K into it (partly from our home equity loan) for ac, etc.. I know I won't be getting a newer one anytime soon. I've never had a new car, always used.

  • At 11:31 PM, Blogger Karen said…

    Sorry to hear your car is on its way out. I agree that you'll get better deals at the end of the year. Also, I'd hesitate to buy a car in its first year out. My father worked for General Motors for over 30 years, so I'm not talking completely out of my a**, lol...

    I've had my car for just over 14 years! She's still running strong, but looks a bit long in the tooth. I can completely understand how you feel attached to yours, as I'm completely attached to mine. It's the first car I ever bought brand new. I was 22 at the time. It's something that's mine, all mine. It's been with me through so much, traveled many roads (most to nowhere), had many adventures, and has seen lots of fun and more than a little drama. If that car could talk--well, let's just say I'd be in BIG trouble. ; )

    I'll be in tears the day I have to let it go.

  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger Dianne said…

    BTW, it's Autotrader.com

  • At 10:10 PM, Blogger Christine said…

    Mindy, do yourself a favor and go to the library...look for the Consumer Reports annual Automotive issue for 2006. It comes out every April. You will not find it on a newsstand now, but a good library would have it for you to look at.

    You might be able to find the same info on consumerreports.org, but that is a pay site, and the library is free.

    We used this magazine when we were looking to buy a car several years ago. We were looking to buy used, and we'd rented Ford Escorts in the past, and liked the way they drove and all. We'd decided we wanted to buy one, and Consumer Reports gave the 1999 Escort the highest ratings, for reliability and such.

    So we bought one, and have had very few problems with it. It has been in the shop only three times in five years. The first time, the alternator died. The second time, it was for body damage due to it being hit by a gigantic pickup truck in the parking lot of Mike's work (pickup truck guy's insurance paid). The third time, the a/c died. In the middle of the summer. The day before we were due to leave for vacation. Which is why you should spring for a/c this time!

    All of these things happened within 2005.

    Ford no longer makes the Escort, but my point is that Consumer Reports is a trustworthy source. Well worth checking out!


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