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Well, Phooey
Seth's car died. Two weeks ago (maybe less), we spent $1100 fixing some problem or another with it. Last week it started having more problems. Apparently it was leaking oil from EVERYWHERE. Oh, and something about the transmission going. So yeah. I was pretty nervous. The car's bluebook value (or so we thought) was around $2K. I say was, because that was before we found out how much it would cost to repair it. Eight THOUSAND Dollars.

I had really hoped that we wouldn't replace his car until we had one more kid and we'd get a minivan. I mean, a minivan wouldn't be so horrible regardless... We certainly wouldn't be the only ones in our community with a minivan and one kid. But you know? Do you know how much minivans cost? Do you have any idea? I didn't. And you know what else? You know how much USED minivans cost? Not much less than new ones. And I have no idea where the money for this is coming from.

I can't handle this right now. I really can't. Poor Seth had to listen to me in hysterics over this. Like there's anything he can do about it over the phone. Or at all. Me crying isn't going to make the problem go away. We still won't have the money. We'll still have to find a way regardless because we can't be down a car. Seth works 40 miles from home, I work almost 20 miles from home. Neither of us can reliably take public transportation to work, nor could we handle getting Julian to and from preschool without a car. We work in opposite directions, so driving together is out of the question.

And by the way, WHEN exactly are we supposed to go car shopping? We can't go on Friday or Saturday. Seth won't be home until late tonight. Thursdays are out of the question. Sundays most dealerships are closed and anyway, we'll be in Boston this Sunday. And how exactly is this all supposed to work? Even if we COULD find the money, how would this work?

Oh, and I need a new carseat. Julian's getting too big for the one in my car. So that's another couple hundred dollars I don't have. Yippee.

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

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pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: March 14th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. We have a second car we're trying to get rid of. It's ugly as sin and no-frills, but it runs reliably except when Manny forgets to turn the (*^$#!! lights off and the battery runs down, which is the problem with it now.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the offer. We actually found out that we have a friend who is selling a used mini-van, which might be the ideal temporary solution. It's old, but doesn't have much mileage on it, which is astounding. We're still trying to figure out what to do.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: March 14th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
thank you!
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: March 14th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
And by the way, WHEN exactly are we supposed to go car shopping?

You can actually do a lot of it online. My current car involved a lot of time comparing different models and options on the Saturn website (I had already decided it would be a Saturn) and discussions of same (and financing) over the phone with a salesman. Once everything had been worked out, it was just a matter of getting to the dealership and signing the papers (of course, I did still take it for a test drive first).

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the advice. That helps.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: March 14th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really feel for you. Might I suggest CraigsList? http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/search/car?query=minivan

As for carseats. If it helps, boosters tend to be much less expensive than regular car seats. We got ours for <$40
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Lis gave me a big huge guilt trip about using a booster with Julian. But the kid is FORTY POUNDS, for crying out loud. Yes, I know the marathon will theoretically keep him up to 60 pounds, but he's pushing it even at 40. My car has a roundabout in it (seth has a marathon and my mother has the other marathon we own).

I don't even know where to start with figuring out the right kind of booster seat to get. I'm vehemently opposed to following Lis's advice and getting the Husky. I just think it's overkill and it takes up SO MUCH SPACE.

Thanks for the CraigsList pointer.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: March 15th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes so many stressful things happen at once and you get overloaded. I've been there. I have the Girl Scout badge.

How much do mini vans cost? I am afraid to price them. Can you shop for one online and then have the dealership drive it to your house for inspection? A friend of mine bought a mini van like this over the internet and had it delivered from New York.

You guys need two cars, there is no way around that. Even if you worked right next door you'd still need a car to do the necessary errands.

I feel the money crunch. I started a part-time gig that probably won't last long..so we're a one income family. Kinda sucks.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
At least if I worked right next door I could make do without a car for a couple weeks while we figured this out. Right now, we can't really work that way. Bah.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: March 15th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know how much you want/are able to spend. If you give me an idea, I'll suggest some makes. Then, call your local AAA office. They often have a buying service that will make the process easy (fixed amount over invoice), ideally such that you can fax them your information and they can get things set up.

If you're not in the shape to buy right now, perhaps someone can loan you a car whilst you get everything together.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure how much we want/are able to spend either. I think what we need to do is to carefully define our car needs/goals and pick a car accordingly and then work out whether we can make it happen financially. Though I'd rather set a budget and go from there, I'm not sure that makes the most logical sense under the current circumstances. I don't want to throw good money after bad.
zis770 From: zis770 Date: March 15th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
ouch! erev Pesach too! Hope everything will work out!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It will work out one way or another.
magid From: magid Date: March 15th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. I'm so sorry you have to deal with car eitage, especially on this scale.

You're going to be in Boston Sunday? Any free time in there...?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
The Felds and we are flying into Providence for a 12:30 wedding. Our flight back out of Providence is at 8-something. There's the theoretical possibility that we'll have some time after the wedding, but the wedding is actually in Waverly, not Boston, so I'm not sure how that would work out logistically, which is the on;ly reason I didn't mention it to Boston folks earlier.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
We're flying into Providence and driving up for a wedding. There'll be four of us and we're renting a car. But thanks!
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: March 15th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, *snugs*. That really stinks.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Pampered Chef stuff arrived yesterday. Whoo hoo! I was hoping I'd have the platters in time for Pesach, so I'm saving them.
mabfan From: mabfan Date: March 15th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
and anyway, we'll be in Boston this Sunday.

Um, what? You'll be up here? Can we see you?

There are car dealers open in the Boston area on Sunday, btw, although I doubt that will help.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Your brother-in-law, sister-in-law, Seth and I are flying into Providence in the morning for a 12:30 wedding in Waverly, MA (not really Boston, but it was easier to say Boston in my original post). Our flight out is at 8-something, so I don't know if that gives us flexibility for a trek up to Boston before heading back down to Providence, or not. Harold's the expert, plus I don't know how long the wedding will last. This might not be the ideal trip for a visit. We'll try to find a more ideal time.
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