Yesterday I took the car to a wonderful mechanic–Ponder’s Auto in Johnson City. If you ever need your car looked at or work done on it, I highly recommend them. They are very nice, kind, professional, and the tell you the truth, even if it is hard to hear, like it was for me yesterday.
We had a turn signal out and our back windows would not stay up, so our backseat kept getting rained on. So I took the car in and asked them to fix those two things but to also look over the car and see if there are any safety concerns or things I needed to be aware of. Our car is pretty old and we knew it was probably running out of steam. It is a 2000 Buick Regal with over 230,000 miles on it. We knew it could start getting bad, but we were not ready for the bad news.
We have a radiator leak, which means the radiator needs to be replaced and the thermostat. Our power steering needs to be replaced, and we have a bad oxygen sensor that needs to be replaced. All of those repairs are about $1000. And we also need 4 new tires, which is another 4-500 dollars. The blue book value of our car is $1500. So if we made all those necessary changes we would be paying the value of the car. So we knew then that we would probably have to look at selling it.
When I picked up the car I asked the question I really didn’t want the answer to. How important/necessary are these changes, and in what timeframe. Basically, if we are going to keep this car for even 3 months the radiator needs to be replaced. And when I asked about driving it for Christmas traveling they told me that it wouldn’t be safe to even drive it to Kentucky.
Now, we are in a hard place. We need to sell our car and buy something new. We have not been bad with money but we haven’t been able to put aside very much for a car. So needless to say, after that news, my evening was full of stress. I was thinking of everything I could possibly sell, and every scenario I could think of. So please pray for us as we try to sell this car and figure out what to do. It is a stressful time, but I am trying to remind myself every minute that God will take care of us and he will provide. So keep me in mind if you know of someone selling a good car, relatively cheap, because we could sure use it.