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Car woes...

I just heard back from the shop. Argh. About $700 before taxes and labour and such.

$176.00 for the ball joint
$100 for a wheel alignment
$250 LHS cv shaft
$152 LHS inner tire rod end

Those are the things that must be done to get the car safely on the road again. There is about $900 in important but not life threatening recommended, with front brakes at the top of the list.

I had a mental limit of $500 and this is above it. I simply do not have the money for this. I am trying to decide if it would be worth it to cash out some of my RSPs to pay off a couple out standing, high interest bills and fix the car. Feh.

Must remember while I whine and complain that I am still alive, I did not kill my friend, and thank god it didn't blow while I was driving down the highway with my kids in the car.


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Apr. 30th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. That sucks. *big hugs*
Apr. 30th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
If you're going to risk penalties for cashing in RRSPs, then you might consider just replacing the vehicle. Get it assessed.
Apr. 30th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain, totally. I just shelled out $911 last weekend for similar work. The fact that the jobs cost similarly makes me think I didn't get cheated.

It sucks keeping one's self in wheels, but it's better than riding the bus.
May. 1st, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
I just went through this in February when the car blew a head gasket. I was given a 3-4 K estimate for repair on an engine with 230 K miles on it.

After much deliberation, I decided to make the repairs rather than replace the car, because I found a used engine with a one year warranty with only 21 K miles on it. Everyone told me how unheard of that was, and that I should snap it up.

I did it because I simply cannot afford a new car payment at this time and because I had the money set aside to pay taxes and health insurance (which made April... interesting, to say the least).

In other words, sometimes, depending on what the situation is, the car you own is the cheapest car you have. I wouldn't have put the money into the old engine--but there was nothing else wrong with the car itself. The new engine made more sense for where I am right now. I also put 100 miles a day on my car--buying a new car so I can haul dogs in it makes no sense for me. And I wasn't going to find a used car with 21 K miles on it.

It sucks, I know. And as you said, thank god it chose to do this in a parking lot as opposed to the highway!

May. 1st, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh that sucks! And I'm sorry it happened on con weekend.
May. 1st, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Ah you may not remember it, but it happened to me backing out of my own driveway back in December 2009 and on my way to work too. (And that ended up costing me $899 for that repair (ball joint & tie rods). Not to mention the new windshield wipers, new battery and new starter it had to have in mid-October 2009 to the tune of $365! At least I had AAA and didn't have to pay for the 2 times it had to be towed that year!
Six months later I got $250 for the 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis, when I traded it in on my 2009 Toyota Camry.
So believe me, I feel your pain!!!
May. 1st, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, like Nancers said, you might want to go see if you can find a decent used car for what you need to spend on fixing your current car.

I was so damn lucky with my old car that The Evil One could do most of the repair work on it, so he pretty much kept that car running for me and I ended up selling it for $1250 w/ over 200K miles on it.
May. 1st, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Uh-huh... that's a lot of money.
May. 3rd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Fuckity fuck fuck - I am so sorry! I really hope that it wasn't the ticket that was cursed.

Good luck with moving forward, whatever you decide to do.
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