It was the spring of 2007, my husband decided to buy himself a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid that was incredibly over-priced and a completely bad idea. About a month later, I bought myself a 1989 Chevy Caprice classic that was in amazing condition and purred like a jaguar. He paid over 18 grand, I paid $1,000.
Three years later, my husband and I are going through a divorce. Since his Honda is near death (this car has had nothing but problems, partly because it was not the best car to start with, but mostly because my ex can’t maintain anything), he requests that I give him my Chevy in exchange for all of our savings. I really loved this car, it was a big boat and had a V8, so there was plenty of power. The only reason I agreed to this was because A: I needed the money in that savings account since I didn’t have a job at the time, and have a one year old and one on the way. B: Last year, my ex used my car for a month when his wasn’t running and he managed to completely ruin it beyond believability. It was fine, I accepted the loss but had to start my search for a safe and affordable used car.
At first, I only considered American cars because that is what I am used to and have had the most success. I also seriously considered an 1999 Acura TL that was for sale on my street, it was like the one on my link, “As you can see, the car gets pretty good reviews, but alas the car was not meant to be. The owner decided not to sell it. Since I am a mom, I really wanted a station wagon. I really dislike minivans, I think they are unattractive and terrible on gas. I have always liked wagons though, even before I had kids. My dream car is a Volvo wagon, I don’t even know why. Anyway, I found my car, a 2002 Saturn LW300, it was perfect; leather and heated seats, six disk changer, dvd player for the kids. The best part was that I found it from a private seller, so I got it for a reasonable sum of $4000. I was blissfully happy because if I can’t afford the Volvo, the Saturn is my second favorite.
Pretty much the day after I bought it, the problems began to pile up. Luckily, I found this cool website, http://www.repairpal.com which helped give me a clue on how much I might have to pay to get work done on my car. First I had to get two new tires. Then I had to get an a oil change which is general maintainance so it wasn’t a big deal. I had a feeling that my brakes were squealing and of-course the guys who changed my tires informed me that I needed new break job. My air conditioning then went out, my service engine light came on, the things that keeps your hatch up went out, so the hatch will not stay up by itself, a caliper needs changing, and the timing belt needs to be replaced! I have only had the car for six weeks! I want to cry sometimes because the car seems to have one problem after the next. After checking out repairpal, I saw how much I was expecting to put into my car and eeek! But in all honesty, even with all of its faults, and even though I am terribly broke and really can’t afford all of the problems that come with the car, when I walk out of my house I smile because I really do love my car. To me, the car represents a new era in my life, a form of independence away from my ex-husband and a fresh new start for me and my children.
As you see, I mentioned repairpal.com in my post a few times, but I really do find them helpful as a single working mother who wants to stay informed on my car. If you are in the Houston area, check out Houston Auto Repair