Monday, August 28, 2006

The damage

They *think* it's the clutch in the compressor - definitely something to do with the compressor - so on Wednesday I am going to plunk down $700 for a new one. The squealing was the back brakes - so dirty they cleaned them without even asking me because it was a safety issue. The back brakes are drum brakes, which are sealed, and every now and then you have to get the dust cleaned out. Front brakes are self-cleaning.

Ok, I'm just glad I have the money and paying for this won't hurt me financially. But it does make me impatient and wish that I had more in the bank, so I could just get another car. But the ones I'm looking at are $11-13k, and I couldn't do that without a car payment. And I do not want a car payment.

So I am happy about that, but not so happy about the compressor (hope it fixes it) or the hurricane (however small) headed toward my parents' house.

But other than that, things are fantastic! Woooo!


Blogger mrspao said...

Hooray! At least it is fixable.

3:29 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm glad it can be fixed. And I swear that virtually all car repairs now cost in the $700 range. You reminded me that I need to get my brakes cleaned - they're glazed and squeaking.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous kirsten said...

Guess what? It's CAR CRAP WEEK! So sorry you have crap too. Mine made me cry...who knew that an O2 sensor was $550? And that the other stuff that happened because the O2 sensor had issues, that's $300...oh, let's not forget the brakes: only $150 with "the good guy" deal. Yep, there was crying. Really.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Depending on how much you want to spend, you can get a really good deal on a used car if you keep your eyes peeled. When my old clunker started getting temperamental, I went to Consumer Reports and checked out a list of reliable cars. I kept checking the used car lots and ads and eventually found one. It needed a new manifold (get your used car checked out by YOUR mechanic before you buy), which the dealership replaced and you are good to go! So far I have had my new-to-me car for 3 years now, and no trouble whatsoever! This way, you save money (no car payments) and get a new reliable car. I've done it twice now, and the money I have saved is impressive...

10:02 AM  

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