The moment my car stalled out, I knew we would be saying our goodbyes soon. In fact, when I found out the total estimate of the repair costs, it was time to let go. I felt like, “I was lost on a lonely highway.” Until I contacted my roadside assistance.
My need for transportation was simple. I need a better way to get to school and work. At first, the thought of buying a car meant that I could save on public transportation costs. I had insurance and maintenance cost covered. I would take care of them from the extra funds from my part-time job. It all seemed practical.
Shortly after, a friend gave me a listing of a car that he found on Craigslist. A 1997 Suburu Legacy, 4 door coupe, (1) owner and it ran great. That is, in a nutshell, how the add ran online with a picture. They were asking for $1,400 and I had saved up $1,500. I was able to talk them down to $1,000. (I know. I know. I should have checked the car fax.)
I was elated for months with my new car. In complete denial of how much I was spending on gas, how the right front tire was replaced (3) times this year and how at this point the car would stall at every braking point. Hey, these were all minor issues that could be resolved or worked around. (I know. I know. I should have got a diagnostic test.) I kept telling myself, “you get what you pay for.” At least I was saving on insurance because of the year and make and model of the car. I was only carrying liability.
Unfortunately, I was barely getting to school and work. After a few months into the new year I really began to have problems. At this point, I had endured the fees of a busted windshield, oil leak, starter replacement, distributor cap and the brakes fixed twice. Every bump in the road meant that I had to get out and reassemble the battery line. Even on those cold winter mornings. Sometimes, in the middle of traffic. I gained an oil leak when I decided to let a “back yard mechanic” work on my car. I guess this is when I began to feel buyer’s remorse.
After having the car stall out on me, not being able to use any of my handy tricks to get it started and to get it out of the middle of the road, I had it towed. The mechanic was telling me within 24 hours my motor was blown and I had a leak in the gas tank. The estimated repair costs would be $2,883. He assured me the bill wouldn’t go over $300 of what he already had quoted me. I officially said goodbye to my car. The mechanic and I made a deal concerning the car. He would give me $300 for the title and the car, for parts. Of course, I had just about repaired everything that he wasn’t set to repair.
It’s been a week now and I rationalize it all by saying, “I can save on repair costs and insurance. It’s cheaper to ride public transportation.” I pat myself on the back for not spreading emissions into the environment. Just then, I formally whispered a final goodbye to my car.