Over the past three weeks, I think I’ve dumped something like $600 into my car. That makes me want to cry.
First it was my brakes. The brake pads were literally worn through, and the mechanic was mystified that I was even able to stop my car. True story.
I think in all the years I’ve owned this car, (it’s 10 years old, I’ve owned it for seven) I’ve never once replaced the brake pads. Car maintenance fail?
So a few weeks ago, I forked over the money to get new brake pads. Figured that was better than accidentally slamming into the back of another car on the Beltway because I couldn’t stop.
Then Tuesday night when I was leaving a Terps basketball game watch, I noticed one of my tires was really, really low on air. So I took it in to get what I assumed was a slow-leaking flat repaired.
Wellllll turns out, I don’t have a flat tire. I have a cracked rim.
The guys at NTB were super nice about it and suggested a few places I could call to see about replacing it. I called the dealer first, knowing it would be most expensive, but thinking it might also be my quickest option.
Turns out jokes on me.
Ford stopped making the specific rim my car uses years ago. The worst part of that whole thing was that guy at the dealership was a complete asshole. I was obviously stressed out when I was on the phone with him and he didn’t show a bit of empathy. Instead he just rather rudely told me there was nothing he could do.
When I asked him what he suggested I do, he acted like that was the dumbest question he’s ever heard in his life, and his answer was, “Anything you do doesn’t involve me.”
Well thanks for that bud. Glad I’ve taken my car there for all major service I needed in the past four years.
After some frantic calls to my dad, emails to my cousins and g-chat and text convos with some friends, I found a place that can get the part I need and replace it next week, for a fairly reasonable amount of money. (At least as far as car repairs go).
Until then, I have the donut on my car and my driving is going to be very, very limited.
I’ve also officially made the decision that this is the last repair I pay for on this car. Time it cut my losses and start researching new ones.
So friends, what’s your car advice for me? I’m not picky. All I need is something that’s reliable, has great fuel economy and can get me from point A to point B. What should I look at? What should I avoid like the plague?