Adulthood is a scam- Cars

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.

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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.

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

5 thoughts on “Adulthood is a scam- Cars

  1. Natalie June 13, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Buying a somewhat used car is always a good option — look for something recent, maybe a 2010 or so. That way, you avoid paying for something brand new (very pricey, at least where I live), but you still get the bonus of not having any major repairs in the near future. I currently drive a 2000 Honda. I treat it pretty well and do all repairs when needed (oil changes, tire changes, etc.) and it’s still going strong 🙂

    As for budgeting — take a look at where you’re spending your money right now. See what can be cut down. Maybe you don’t need to buy new clothes for a few months. Maybe you can lose a few magazine subscriptions. Maybe you borrow books from the library instead of buying them. (Sorry, I know these are super general. But since I don’t know your spending habits, it’s hard to say what you can change!)

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    • anhistorianabouttown June 13, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      My family has had terrible luck with buying used cars, no matter how many safeties we have done! And my Compass is 2009- I think I would like a 2015 or newer. While it will cost more, I’m hoping to catch some of the manufacturers’ warranty.

      In terms of saving, I’m not buying many clothes or big ticket items, but I definitely need to cut down on all of the little things! I’ve a spending tracking sheet on the go now!!

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      • Natalie June 16, 2016 / 8:41 am

        Spending sheets are a great tool 🙂 I’ve found that making smaller purchases helps, too — if I go out to eat with friends, and I’m deciding between two orders, I try to opt for the cheaper one. Sure, $1 or $2 isn’t a huge deal, but if I do that every time I eat out, it really adds up!

        Good luck with your spending goals and your car! Fingers crossed for you 🙂

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  2. Anyone Specific June 13, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    My big tip concerning buying a car: check if is has 4 wheels and preferably a steering wheel too. Anything else is a luxury you can do without if you are willing to push it places. 😉

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