~ THE BAD NEWS ~
On Tuesday, my car wouldn't start. It tried to, but it just couldn't. Luckily, my parents get me AAA for Valentine's Day every year, so I was able to have it towed to the car shop we use that's only about a mile away. The tow truck guy said it was probably just the starter, but I still had a bad feeling...
The next day, the bad news came. Paul text me to let me know the timing chain was out of sync and the cylinder head of the engine needed replaced. It would be $3000. Not only that, but they couldn't guarantee that when they replaced everything, that the parts would line up right. If they didn't, the pistons would break and then my engine would be shot. It was time to cut my losses and buy a new car.
**Note: I have no idea what I just typed, I'm just telling you what they told me. Most of the paragraph may as well have been in Greek to me!**
Now to be clear, I'm not in love with my Chevy Cobalt, even though I have had it for nine years. But it was paid for. You can't beat PAID FOR. It has a ton of miles on it, so I suppose this was inevitably going to happen...
I'm not excited to car shop. I know nothing about cars and I don't really car about cars. I feel very stressed and overwhelmed.
~ THE GOOD NEWS ~
There is good news. Even though I don't want a car payment, I can afford a car payment. Such a first world problem, right?
Also, my parents are letting me borrow my mom's mini van (they have three vehicles, she uses the van for her craft shows, which she doesn't have right now) so I don't have to rent a car and I don't have to feel rushed to buy anything.
These are two VERY GOOD THINGS. So I am lucky. Even though I didn't want to be in this situation for another couple years, I am lucky.
Who knows, maybe I will find something I like!? I'm looking for a subcompact SUV. I definitely want certified pre-owned. I am researching: Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, Toyota RAV-4, and a Honda CR-V. Any other suggestions or thoughts on those cars???
Do you like to drive cars until they are dead or do you enjoy getting new cars?
Any tips for me as I start this endeavor?
Ever drive a mini van!? It's not that bad!