- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2010
Ok, so my car is a 2000 Honda Accord. It’s a good car, honestly. But I bought it off of my parents with a lot of milage on it as they had traveled a lot across the country with it. As of right now, it has over 211,000 miles on it.
A litte over a year ago I had gotten in a car accident with a driver who was going straight in a turn lane. I had T-boned her and completely lost my front bumper. I replaced said bumper not long after the accident, only to lose it to a snow bank a few months later. (I was driving home, didn’t realize the sharp turn I was making and how slick it was, my car lost control and no amount of slamming on the breaks or turning the wheel was doing anything and curb met bumper. I lost it again) At this point I decided not to get the bumper fixed because I could get over it, it wasn’t totaled, and I didn’t want to spend another ton of money to fix it again right after I just did, especially with all the miles it had on it already.
Fast forward to this summer. Car suddenly smells really bad and doesn’t accelerate well coming home from and errand. Turns out it’s the spark plugs or something of that nature. My daddy, in all the miles he had that car never replaced them. He did bring it in for some major things before I bought the car (fixing the breaks and a few other check up things) but I don’t believe he did a lot of the Honda recommended things. I fixed the spark plugs, car runs fine until this winter.
Suddenly, out of no where car starts rumbling and roaring. It’s not the muffler, because it’s fully intact. I ask my friend to take a look, it turns out that it’s the exhaust pan and that repair alone will cost $500 a piece for them. I have six in my car. At the time I didn’t have the money for such a large repair and again, with so many miles decided just to ignore it. The only thing it does to my car is make it loud. It isn’t above the legal limit. But since it is the exhaust pan and not the muffler the noise is concentrated in the front, where I drive. Everything up there shakes when I accelerate. And it’s just plain irritating. I sound like someone desperately trying to get attention on my ugly-ass car whenever I drive by. It’s pathetic.
Last weekend we got our tax refund and got a decent amount back. We wanted to save the money we got and put it towards the wedding because with FI out of a job for the last six months it would really help us to feel a little more secure about things for the wedding. But I just can’t handle my car anymore. I’ve tried ignoring it but it roars! It’s a good car, but with all the miles on it and everything it’s just going to end up falling apart around the engine. (the engine on this car will last seriously forever.)
So, bees. I need advice. Would you wait to fix your car until it’s just plain beat to the ground (unless it’s something that will severely shorten the life of your car) to save money right now? Or would you get an estimate again, and try fixing it, just to avoid going crazy? I’m sorry that whole thing was very long. I tried just leaving in the important information but it wasn’t easy.
EDIT: I’m not sure how many of the exhaust pans need to get fixed.