- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
We are less than 6 weeks from the wedding and super busy at our jobs. Yesterday we got hit with a double whammy. We have two cars, but only one is really functional. It’s a 2000 model, with 164,000 miles on it. Smog and registration are due in October (the month of the wedding). In order to pass smog, it’s going to need not just one but TWO catalytic converters – to the price tag of nearly $3,000.
FI’s car broke down about a year ago and we feared it was something prohibitively expensive (y’know, like mine is now, ha) so it’s just been kind of sitting outside our house. We stoppedinsurance and registration on it, so it’s pretty much not driveable. Well we finally got a ticket for it and have to move it off the street by tomorrow or else it gets towed at our expense.
So, before the wedding we need to figure out what to do with BOTH our cars.
I’d rather pay the $3k and keep my car (I love my car. It’s super cute. It’s a chick car for sure and I drive it with pride) but I know that it’s gonna need another $1-2K in repairs and maintenance in the next few years. So, do I want to pay $3k now, then another $1k next year and so on and then have to buy a new car anyway in 3-5 years when I’m also paying for a mortgage and a baby, or do I want to bite the bullet now and get the car paid for before we buy a house and get pregnant? Seems like it’s better to get it done now while we can.
It’s looking like we are going to just sell or trade in my car and buy a new one. We did just get bonuses at work and are good about saving, so we can do it and still be on track with house buying timeline if we tighten the belt a little, but we did NOT expect to be spending $10-20,000 on a car a month before the wedding. Ouch. Plus with all the choices we have to make for the wedding, it’s kind of overwhelming to think about buying a car. it’s jut a lot!
For FI’s car, I dunno, we’re gonna get it towed to an auto shop, figure out what’s wrong with it, then likely sell it or trade it in when we buy the new one. Either that or we push it into our driveway and keep ignoring it, which doesn’t seem like the best idea.
Argh, we don’t really have the time or money for this right now. I mean, we’ll make it work, and I likely won’t car as much when I’m driving around a fancy (well ok for our budget not so fancy) new (or at least new to me) car.
Oh well. I am thankful that this isn’t totally killing us financially. We’ll be ok if we are careful, even with this curveball. So we are very, very lucky. But still. Annoying.