I am curious to know, if you had to replace your leaking roof on your home, would you buy a new house? How about a new A/C unit? If you had to replace your business computers would you sell your business?
My van has been a doll baby, with the exception of brakes, tires and new batteries, that 6 year old baby hasn't needed any fixing at all.
However, with me not working and things being tight, we have been neglecting her care a bit and it was evident when we took her into get a new water pump (don't want her peeing all over, do we?) and serpentine belt. The cost was under $500 and while it is going to make our tight budget a bit tighter, we will manage.
However, she still needs an additional $1700 in repairs and I have been amazed at how many people are telling me perhaps it is time to sell my car and get a new one. Why? More over, what sense is that, sell a car I owe less than $3000 on and because it needs some work go out and buy a new one for what...20, 30 or $40,000?
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, not me, unh uh!! I hate car payments and am so excited to being close to paying this baby off, why would I go out and buy a brand new one? Between the insurance and car payment, it would kill us.
So, I got to wondering about the brake line flush the mechanic said I needed and called my brake and tire guys. They are the nicest people...they told me to just stop in and bring the van and they will drain my lines, clean them out and replace the fluid gratis...thats right, they will not charge me, it will be free. Savings? Precisely $102.00!!
Since I will be out of town in a few weeks starting my new job, I called the local Dodge dealer and the transmission service is $70 less than my local mechanic, the tune-up is $15 less so there is another savings of $85.
Hubby will know today if he can change out the rear shocks and if he can...that will save probably over $100.
So, just by calling around and being able to do a few things ourselves, we are saving close to $300 knocking the repairs down to $1400 and I want to buy a new car why?
The most expensive will be when I can afford to replace the bumper and drivers quarter panel. I kept hitting the quarter panel on a rock we have in our yard backing up...okay, so I have no depth perception. However, some nice person backed into my van and being it is a plastic bumper, they cracked it and left!
A few minor things like a door gasket for $100, fix my drivers side window so it will roll down and my back locks so they will unlock and I will have a practically new van for around $3000 in repairs and pay off, so under $6000.
I always recommend you check around your area for a second opinion and talk to mechanics. In our area, the people replacing the water pump are rock solid amazing mechanics and have a stellar reputation.
On the other hand, everyone knows not to take it to our local one size fits all new car dealer because cars come out with huge bills and nothing being repaired!
Still wanting to break into your spare change jar? I am still open to taking donations....:)
Have a blessed day and smile, it doesn't cost anything but means the world to someone you are sharing it with!