C is for Car

I don’t actually own a car. I have owned exactly ONE car in my adult life and it was a freakin’ disaster and I’ve just never had the spare money to not only be able to make the purchase and then insure it and pay for upkeep. So, the car in our household belongs to Mr. POSSLQ.

The car he’s had for the past 6 years is a Nissan Altima. She’s 18 years old and has about a quarter million miles on her. And we’ve run through a couple radiators, we’re down a side motor mount, the ‘check engine’ light goes on pretty regularly but the code is just a generic ‘well, there’s some issue but you can choose which really expensive parts you want to try to replace to fix it and they’ll ALL be the wrong thing, because probably what really needs replacing is a $3500 computer chip’.  The place we got it managed to put a dent in the back bumper between the time we signed the paperwork and when we drove off the lot (talent, people) and every time we took it in for an oil change the guy was ASTOUNDED it was still running (as was the dealership when we drove down there to make the payment every month – she’s been paid off for years now, though).

But, we knew that passing inspection this year was going to be a challenge. And so, the intrepid Mr. POSSLQ went off to a car dealership fully expecting for them to laugh at him when he asked about financing a new(er) car. I did not go with him since my financial picture is laughable and I figured I’d be no help.  The ONE car I purchased in my life (as mentioned earlier) was a DISASTER so, yeah…

And now, Mr.POSSLQ owns a VW Passat. And it doesn’t have a quarter million miles on it. And she doesn’t sound as if she’s going to fall apart any second. AND… the RADIO WORKS (this is huge, as it’s been about 3 years since we last had a working radio).

So, yay! Mr.POSSLQ now has a car that isn’t scary. So, I may actually drive now and then (yeah, right… who is agorophobic me kidding?) Hooray for new car!!

 

3 thoughts on “C is for Car

  1. have owned exactly ONE car in my adult life and it was a freakin’ disaster and I’ve just never had the spare money to not only be able to make the purchase and then insure it and pay for upkeep.

    I’ve had several cars because I’m a Texan. But then they stole my truck, and now I’ve got no licence. And I’ll fix it one of these months.

    And we’ve run through a couple radiators, we’re down a side motor mount, the ‘check engine’ light goes on pretty regularly but the code is just a generic ‘well, there’s some issue but you can choose which really expensive parts you want to try to replace to fix it and they’ll ALL be the wrong thing, because probably what really needs replacing is a $3500 computer chip’

    And if I’d stayed in Texas, I’d have offered to fix it for you. (Cheaply.) Oh, well. Glad you guys got a car.

    max
    [‘Such a month.’]

  2. Hooray for the new ride! We had to go and find a good used one when a young woman on a cell phone ran a stop sign and destroyed Humphrey the Honda. With cars, it’s always something!

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