Post # 1
Just a rant here really.
I drive a shitty car that I bought in a pinch because my previous shitty car died and I needed to be able to get to school.
My car broke down unexpectedly a year and a half ago during my student teaching and I had to pay $450 I really didn’t have (full time student paying my way through school with no financial help from family but not qualifying for money because my parents made too much).
Now the same thing has happened an hour from home on my way back from visiting family. After calling Fiance and struggling to find a mechanic or a plan that didn’t cost $400 in towing services, I was so frazzled that I left the keys IN THE IGNITION WITH THE BATTERY ON and locked them inside. (I only put them in there to turn the battery on to roll up the windows before I got out – I had been sitting in it turned off because I don’t have air conditioning).
Now I’m waiting for a locksmith. Then what, I have no idea.
I cannot afford more repairs to this car considering it is worth nothing (just parts probably) and it’s been a money suck since I bought it anyway.
I also can’t afford a new car. But I have a job I need to get to, as does Fiance, and we can’t walk to either. I also have another year of grad school before I’ll make a real salary.
I’m most angry at myself about the keys. Wtf was I doing. It is so unlike me.
Post # 2
If you have an older car that doesn’t have a fob, it’s not that hard to open the car door with a metal coat hanger.Are there any shops or houses nearby where you could borrow one?
Post # 3
Car trouble sucks big time, I’m sorry you have to deal with that. I never know if I’m helping or hurting by adding my own experience, so feel free to ignore this if it doesn’t make you feel any better. My car broke down while I was babysitting my siblings and I wanted to go to McDonald’s (after my parents had told me that I should avoid driving the car if possible) and my engine blew up with a semi behind me.
I hope your day goes better!
Post # 4
I tried but I can’t do it. 🙁 at least the locksmith service is free through a roadside assistance program.
it does help!!
Post # 5
After you get things going again, get another key cut and tape it inside your taillight. Those little magnetic spare key holders never worked for me- they always fell off the car. My Dad told me the trick about the taillight. The red plastic hides the key but all you need is a dime to loosen a screw and you can get at your spare key.
Hope you get today’s problems resolved.
Post # 6
Car problems are the worst! I’m sorry you’re going through all of this. I just unloaded my money pit on wheels after losing about $9K.
I hope it’s something minor & you’re on your way shortly.
Hoping your day gets better!
Post # 7
That wouldn’t work with my car. You get inside taillights through the trunk. 🙁
Post # 8
I’m sure you can find another solution. You can tape it inside the hubcap for example.
Post # 9
I”m so sorry. 🙁 I only have a story to make you feel better. I had something similar happen my senior year of college.
I drove home on weekend and my car shut off in the parking lot of the gas station. It was right around the corner from my house and started right back up so it wasn’t a big deal (or so I thought). My dad ran a code test on it and it came back fine. No engine lights came on. Sunday I started my drive back to school. I got about 1/3 way there and my car SHUT OFF on a busy highway when I was at the stop light. It wouldn’t start so I put my blinkers on. The semi truck behind me kept honking at me. I was getting so flustered, I didn’t know what to do. Luckily this older kinda red neck guy came over and helped get me off the road. He was very nice. He offered to take me across the street to a fast food place so I could wait for my grandpa. So I did (normally I would NEVER do that but it was either that or stay by myself on the side of the road).
Finally I got picked up and my car was towed. I stayed with my grandparents that night, borrowed my grandma’s car and drove to school the next morning. Then when I was parking I wasn’t used to how long her car was and I hit the car next to me (this was also on my husband’s – then boyfriends birthday – and the day of a big test in one of my classes). I just cried. It was the worst weekend ever!
I hope your situation ends better. Even if not you’ll be ok, your job will understand and it’s only temporary. Just think about the future and finishing grad school. It’s closer than you think 🙂
Post # 10
I’m assuming you’re in America? I don’t know how the system works over there, but here in Aus you could still qualify for financial assistance if you can provide proof that your parents have left you to your own devices effectively. Ie. a letter from your parents stating they take no financial responsibility for you and you are not in their care. That obviously may not be possible for you but just thought I’d put it out there. I knew someone who had no family assistance, parents wouldn’t do anything for her, but she also couldn’t get any payments because of them. She had to get her parents to sign a form declaring they took no responsibility.