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Bleah. So, took my car in for the oil change. It still needs most of the 60K service - I'm at 72K now. And apparently it's developing an exhaust leak.

I told Carl to do only the oil change today. When I go in to pick it up, I'm going to ask him for an honest opinion about whether I should do the repairs, or just look into buying a new car. I can't afford a new car, but I can't afford the repairs either, nor can I afford to be without one. I had really wanted to make this one last another couple of years, but that may just not be possible.

So, all kinds of things to contemplate in the next few days.

In the meantime, today's To Do List:

do laundry
pack for weekend
clean nuts and salt out of camera bag
make sure I have directions to turtle_morn's house
wash dishes
fill out printer rebate form
charge cell phone

And no, I don't expect anyone else to be fascinated by my to-do lists. However, putting them in a public place makes me more diligent, since everyone I know can look and see what I've accomplished and what I still have to do.



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Sep. 9th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
What sorts of price tag is on the repairs? You bought your car brand new, and it's only at 72,000, that's not bad. If the repairs are under, say, $3000 it's going to be cheaper to get repairs than it will be to buy a decent new car (unfortunately, $3000 cars tend to be not so good cars if you want them to last the long haul instead of just a year or so). What's even more important than asking about repairs is checking into what sorts of problems your car is most likely to have at 75,000 and above and what the book value of it is. If your car's book value is around the same as the repairs, well, I'd dump it.

Car loans suck. Five year car loans really suck because you spend way more. If you get a car - make sure that if you get a car loan that's that long you get a car that will last 10 years. I highly recommend consummer reports - if you don't have a subscription, go to the library (their website won't give you the info you need unless you pay to join IT).
Sep. 9th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
I put $3000 into it earlier this year. What it needs right now is going to run me another $1000-1200. I need to talk to the mechanic and find out if it's going to keep needing repairs at this rate, or if this should be the end of it for a couple more years.

It's not that I want to get a car for that amount, flat - but if I'm paying that much per year, I'd like to be getting something nicer for my money.

Book value on my car is currently about $3000 as a trade-in, about $4500 if I sell it on my own.

Nothing's going to last ten years. Not the way I travel, not on the east coast.
Sep. 9th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
It sounds like selling it may be the best option. I hope you'll post what your mechanic suggests?

Cars on the east coast can definately last ten years. My Godmother's Honda Accord is a 1996, and she drives up and down to MA and ME and all that, and she was commuting from PA to NJ daily for a while with it. But in general, cars that drive that much often don't last that long. (My car was 13 years old when I sold it, two years of which were desert years, but I didn't put much mileage on it, and I'm sure that's part of why it was such a great car).
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