This won’t be a terribly long post, but this is probably going affect my life in a not-small way. My Jeep isn’t doing too well, and I just found out this morning that it’s going to need $4300 worth of work. Ouch, indeed.
I have to say, the “helpful” folks at Fountain Tire are rather cavalier when they deliver this information. I would recommend avoiding Fountain Tire/Good Year, as they appear to not care about anything other than a profit. When I told the mechanic that I don’t have $4300 (plus 13% taxes…) to sink into the car and asked what needed to be done immediately, I found out that apparently everything needs to be done immediately. PSA to Mechanics: If you were willing to be honest about what needed to be done immediately and what can wait a month of two, maybe we would return back to you when we can afford it…. Food for thought.
The trade-in value on my current Jeep is at most $4500, but realistically less than that. I don’t think that it’s necessarily worth it to continually put money into it at this point. So, now I’m starting to consider getting a new car. It’s the first car I will have purchased myself, so it’s a little overwhelming. It also means that if I’m buying a new vehicle, that means that a chunk of my money will be tied up in car payments and insurance. In the long run, I think it will pay off- I shouldn’t have to do repairs for a couple of years at least. I will probably be looking at a Jeep Patriot or Compass- I need high clearance living out in the country, and they are reasonably priced SUVs. Plus, I am more than familiar with the Compass.
What does that mean? I am going budget-conscious on everything! I think it will be good habit for me to cut out extraneous spending. No more buying things just because. Everything needs to be planned for and thought out.
So, I have some big requests for you, my lovely readers. Please send me your budgeting tips! And any advice you have on buying a car! I’m brand new to purchasing a vehicle, and I can use all of the info I can get my hands on.