(Closed) Needing to vent… my car is going to be the financial death of me

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@graygodess20:  Have you tried going to a car dealer to see about getting a better car? I work at a car dealership and I know ours has 15 different financers. They work with people who are upside down (when the loan is worth more than the car) pretty often so something can probably be worked out.

A new car may not be what you thought was in your budget but ti sounds like you’re already paying a fortune in car expenses anyways.

Post # 4
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m hoping that you didn’t have to pay for the O2 sensor three times.  Either they were defective or there is something causing the sensors to go out.  Either way they should have figured out by the time the second one went out that there is a problem.  I feel silly even asking this, but do you always take your car in or does your Fiance ever deal with it?  I’ve had my fair share of mechanics try to screw me because I’m a girl.  I used to have my guy friends call the mechanics for a quote and if the price was different when I showed up I’d leave.

Post # 5
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Sugaree:  So true. Darling Husband used to work as an auto mechanic and he still does a lot of work on cars. When he needed to get something done on his Jeep, the mechanic at the shop just charged him $20 to fix it because Darling Husband obviously knew what he was talking about and knew exactly what needed to be done. If I had walked in there for the exact same thing but saying “My Jeep is broken!” they probably would have charged me $200.

So, if you have any friends that are mechanics, get THEM to take the car in. Most mechanics know better than to try and BS another mechanic!

Post # 6
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Tires aren’t your car’s fault….that’s normal wear and tear for any car -make sure you save ahead! The other stuff is bad, but not as expensive as it could be. What do you drive? What year is it? You might consider getting a new(er) car that is a different make/model. A honda, toyota, hyundai etc will last a lot longer without work needed than a ford, chevy etc. German cars are fun and pretty, but cost an arm and a leg to get work done on! I miss my VW Golf but it wasn’t worth the cost!

Post # 7
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I gave up on my car. Stupid thing can freaking rot.

Post # 8
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Breaks and tires and things like that are normal and routine and should be included in your budget. I do agree with going to the mechanics whith preferably a guy who knows about cars (I know a woman who worked in parts for 15 years she was a good one too) and usually they wont try to fuck you over. Having a good relationship with your mechanic is really important too and dont go to places like Canadian Tire or Walmart or any of those big garages they really suck. We were starting to have issues like yours and we just sold it and got it over with. Also never buy a used car without having a mechanic look it over.

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