Would you drive a car with the hood this ugly?

posted 1 week ago in Relationships
  • poll: If it were well within my budget to fix a used car's damaged hood,
    I would fix it so that I don't have to drive a messed up car. : (71 votes)
    75 %
    I would not fix it so that I could spend the money elsewhere. : (24 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 64
    2308 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    It’s your decision! I would pay the money to fix it. However, my husband had a car with a messed up hood and he drove it for several years. He saw no reason to fix something that was cosmetic. It annoyed me, but it was his car. I gave up giving him a hard time about it after awhile. 

    Post # 65
    1099 posts
    Bumble bee

    pinklunchbox :  I would not have bought it to begin with. But I also would not invest good money to repair a cosmetic issues in an old car. You got a bargain because of the cosmetic issue. It doesn’t make sense to repair it… at that Poitou should have just bought a car not flawed.

    Post # 66
    2098 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would absolutely fix it. You got a great deal on the car and the fix is within your budget.

    FWIW, years ago I had a car with a vinyl roof that was really messed up. One of the local high schools had an advanced autoshop class that worked on cars. I had the roof fixed for only the cost of the paint! They scraped/sanded the vinyl off and repainted it to match the body of the car. I think it was $50 total. Today would be more, but still uber cheap and they did a GREAT job. Might be worth checking out in your area, or an automotive trade school.


    Post # 67
    5190 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

    pinklunchbox :  did you make this post because you *already* had it fixed but your husband is being a jerk about it?

    Honestly, this is much ado about nothing. It’s only 1k and your car was 3900 give or take? You’re making 100k a year I think you’re making way too big of a deal about this. People spend $250 at dinner. Is your husband usually really controlling about money/and or stingy? 

    I purchased my car for 25k, and I’m very happy with it. I wouldn’t buy an old clunker because car insurance here (in Ontario) would be higher for an old car (lack of safety features in old cars can cost you a lot in insurance, etc). 

    Post # 68
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I would either DIY it or consider it a theft deterrent. 

    Post # 69
    11179 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    pinklunchbox :  

    The timing chain vs belt argument is just goofy.  No one makes a buying decision on belts or chains.  Newer cars went to belts and the current drift is back to chaIns.

    Figuring out which you have requires disassembly.

    If you change the belt at the recommended intervals, you’ll be fine.

    This is, bar none, the weirdest reason I have ever heard for buying one car over another.

    Post # 70
    1195 posts
    Bumble bee

    Meh I think it’s a personal choice. I would fix it because I’m vain and I care about aesthetics lol but I respect that others might not care. xo

    Post # 72
    1476 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would never have bought a car that jacked up to begin with. Who knows what else is wrong with it or will go wrong with it? Sounds like a money pit when you could have bought a better quality used car out of the gate. 

    I would also find his extreme cheapness to be a huge red flag. Been there, done that. Never again 

    Post # 74
    631 posts
    Busy bee

    pinklunchbox :  the timing chain still has to be changed every certain number of miles, usually 80,00-90,000 miles depending on the car.  Look up the recommendation for your car and keep up with it.

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