Well I'm in trouble.
On Wednesday, my 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport finally decided enough is enough. I can't complain because it was free from a good friend, and had 211,000 miles on it, but I'm in a bit of trouble now. The car nearly killed me and the disabled kids I work with, because it started screaming, then the brakes and the steering went out IN A TURN, and we went flying into head on traffic. Thankfully I somehow managed to doge oncoming cars and pull into a McDonalds, but my job (where I was) is 14+ miles away from my house and I didn't know what to do. I had it towed to the closest shop, left it (it was 7 pm so they were closed), had my dad pick me up, and had them look at it the next morning. I thought it had just broken a belt, but actually something to do with hydraulics malfunctioning in the engine, plus a pully on the belts broke, and now the alternator, AC, power steering, etc don't. Obviously it is not drivable.
So now I have a huge problem. My car is 15 miles away from my house and they're quoting me $1,000 to fix it. I told them no, because it is 17 years old, has 211k miles on it, has a huge oil leak that no one is able to repair (I've tried), electrical problems (my automatic windows stopped working two weeks ago and the brake lights are constantly shorting out)), etc. I don't think it is worth $1000 of repairs for a few more miles.
But....I have to have a car to get to work. No buses go between my house and my job, and I have no one who can get me to work. My parents can take me for about a week if I pay gas, but that's about it. It is a LONG drive. I also don't have a lot of money saved up yet. I've only had my current job since February, and while I make a great salary for my age, I have to pay phone bills, food, gas, etc so I really only have just under $4,000 saved up for another car. I've been looking for options, but unless I buy from someone personally, there are virtually no options under $7,000 with under 160,000 miles on it. There is one Ford Focus for sale that is $2,200 with new tires and 160,000 miles, but it is for personal sale so for all I know it has a ton of problems. Then a place called "Car Guys" is selling a 2004 Focus for $6,600 and with only 44,000 miles on it, but I don't know how trustworthy they are. And I don't have $7000. I have 4.
I considered trying to get a personal loan, but I have no one to co-sign for me and I have no credit yet because I'm 18 years old and just started my job in February.
So now I have my car sitting in a lot, needing to be gone quickly, and I don't know where to take it without towing costing me a ton. And no car. No money for a car, no way to get money for a car, and a job I can't get to. Fun stuff!
I guess this is a rant, so thanks for reading it. It's been a crummy week. If any of you have a bright idea, I'm all ears o.o
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.