This is the view from my front porch today…or it WOULD BE if the Mazda weren’t at the mechanic’s garage right now. We are currently a one-car family circus. This means that I am adding driving my husband to and from work to my usual chauffeur duties. That’s not so bad, really. I get to spend a little alone time with him on the way to work and he’ll hold my hand and sort of grunt in agreement as I chatter all the way. He’s not a morning person.
The Mazda’s alternator is in need of repair. The van can’t seem to pass inspection due to an emissions issue and, as our regular type of luck runs, we’re still one year short of the emissions waiver. DAMMITMAN! So, we’re working with what runs for now until the one that doesn’t is repaired and then we’ll switch vehicles for a whole new course of driving around in one vehicle while the other is repaired.
I am all about buying used cars and paying cash so that we don’t end up with car payments. Some would say that considering the automotive repair issues we are facing now, that I should rethink my philosophy of used cars. To them I say, “Au contraire, mon frère!” We bought that Chevy van 3 years ago for $2000. We’ve put about 30k miles on it and maybe $1000 under the hood. Truthfully, that’s not bad for a 19 year old vehicle. The Mazda was a gift from my brother, who heard that my little Metro’s transmission and clutch had bit the proverbial dust. He drove it up here from Austin, signed the title over to me, took a 3-hour nap on my couch and then had me drop him off at the bus depot so he could make it home to work that night. What an awesome guy! I’ve driven that thing at least 5k miles since February and this is the first time it’s needed to be repaired.
That’s the thing about vehicles, you know? They eventually need to be repaired. And many people would be more secure in driving a new car that is still under warranty, etc. But for us, justifying that car note also comes with justifying full coverage insurance which, with 2 teenage drivers, we just cannot afford. So we’ll keep our secondhand cars and just ride the automotive repair waves this month. It is what it is. At least our second vehicle is not a bicycle.