My daughter has had a car since high school. There is no bus service where we live, so when she was a junior in high school, I spent minimal $$ to provide transportation.
Bought a salvaged car, had a brother fix up the body, and off she drove. That car served her for several years!
However, recently, there have been reliability issues. Last month it was a new alternator belt. On Wednesday, she got a new battery installed. And then came the bad news.
The car had an oil leak and needed significant repairs. About $2000 worth of repairs. We decided that putting more $$ into this car may not be the wisest thing to do as everything about the car had and was falling apart.
A big decision was made to look into getting a more reliable vehicle. Daughter took a very serious look at her finances, and came up with a doable budget (which included wiggle room and still putting $ in savings).
Due to her work schedule, we only had yesterday to car shop. She kind of knew what she wanted and had a price she could afford. So yesterday we had a long long day of getting approved for a loan, looking for potential cars, test driving a car, and then negotiations.
We took a dinner break to clear our heads. French fries helped and she made the leap into adulthood by purchasing a used car. A certified Honda that fits her needs and budget. And should last for several years.
Ended up at the car dealership where I bought my car a year ago and even got the same salesman. Because I can’t drive at night, and it was late and snowing, the salesman (and another guy) drove the new car to our house. Daughter had to drive us home in my car. That is what I call service!!
Since daughter had to work early today and there was new snow on the ground, she drove her old car to work. I jumped in the new car and drove to our favorite tire store. After more $$, the baby (what daughter is calling the car) now has winter boots (snow tires on wheels).
I now have a grandcar!!