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Not Again!!!!!!!

September 3rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm

So, this morning I go out to my car to head to work. The car doesn't start.

I'm waiting on a cab right now. $32 one way + tip.

When is this going to end???

I hate to say it, but taking my dad and grandma up on their offer is sounding more and more appealing - though I don't know that I could even qualify for a car loan right now.

Ugh and double ugh!!!!

16 Responses to “Not Again!!!!!!!”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    oh dear. I am glad you were not stuck at the grocery store or something.

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Something is definitely up with that car. I'd be quite aggravated with it myself! It still could be something "simple". So sorry you're going through this.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    ((Hugs)) Well, if you do take them up on the offer, we can't say you didn't try to keep this one running. You have done great. Best wishes today!

  4. frugaltexan Says:

    Thanks everyone. E (gym manager) has offered to let me use his second car, and he gave me the name of his familys mechanic. I called, he thinks it's the alternator. Firestone had said it was the alternator too, but the mechanic I used said it wasn't!!!

    E's guy quoted me $375 for alternator and labor. I'm going to call pepboys and see what they'd charge.

    If the alternator does fix it, I'm thinking I might start looking for something newer. I'd have to dip into my school money, but I'm already doing that now with all these repairs and rental car, etc.

    E offered to lease me his extra vehicle - it's a ford explorer - so similar in size to my dads vehicle which I hate driving and guzzles gas.

    Ugh!!

  5. monkeymama Says:

    Yes, if the battery keeps dying I would assume its the alternator (not that I know anything). Which is generally a cheap fix.

    How nice of E!

    I don't think I'd be rash on the new car thing. Fix the alternator and it may run 100k miles without another problem! Just give it some space and time - and don't rush into anything.

  6. frugaltexan Says:

    Thanks MonkeyMama,

    I called Pepboys and they were going to charge 330 including towing. But my dad pointed out that we're just guessing that it's the alternator. So I called the other mechanic and am going to have my car towed there. My mom is going to pick up my car key and leave it in my car so the tow truck can get it this afternoon.

    Talking about another car is more my frustration talking than anything else.

  7. CouponAddict Says:

    Be carefully barrowing or leasing a car from someone, think of how difficult it could be to get insurance on a car you dont own.

    I wouldn't drive someones car before you put insurance on it, if something happens they could say nope did not barrow her the car (because they dont want a premium increase) then you are stuck paying for damages to two vehicles and maybe criminal charges when the insurance should pay for it.

    This happened to a friend of my husband.

  8. frugaltexan Says:

    Thanks coupon addict. I probably won't need to borrow it - am going to my moms place for the weekend - am hoping my car will be fixed by then. Am using my last roadside call tomorrow to tow my car to same mechanic.

  9. boomeyers Says:

    Frown

  10. scfr Says:

    Oh gosh - I am so so so sorry.

  11. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Boo and Scfr.

  12. Lisa Says:

    Man, that stinks! I think I might be tempted to take it to the Honda (I think you said it's a Honda) dealer for an estimate. Let them diagnose and then go elsewhere if the price is too high. It seems like it might be worth it even if you had to pay $1000 to get everything taken care of... rather than get a new car.

    I wouldn't normally do the dealer thing, but... I have found that it is easier to get things taken care of there if they keep trying to fix but are not successful. Or find a NEW mechanic who comes with recommendations, even if it's more expensive than the other guy... it could save money in the long run.

  13. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    It isn't a Honda dealer, but a place that deals strictly with Hondas and Accuras? (I think.) This place does come pretty highly recommended - besides the car rental guy, I've found some other people who've used them and highly regard their work.

    I'll be taking my car over after work tomorrow. Using my last free call to Roadside (until Sept 23 when my year starts again.) Then towing my car to the mechanics, and then my mom will be taking me to their house for the weekend.

  14. Jerry Says:

    I am so sorry about your car. Cabs are SOOOO expensive. Maybe your grandparents can help you with the loan. Or buying one outright. Hopefully, the new car won't hurt you too much in the insurance department. Oy. I hope something will lead you out of this mess.
    Jerry

  15. SicilyYoder Says:

    I remember my Chevy Corsica- it would break down a lot. I now have a rental most of the time, as i travle through six states and the mileage would kill any car.

  16. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Jerry. Depending on the verdict tomorrow, I might have some tough decisions to make. Frown
    Sicily,

    I can imagine all that traveling would add up the mileage pretty quickly on a car.

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