Maintenance issues are currently wearing me down. Everything around me is breaking. When I make progress on one, another gets worse. And when my husband honked from the garage on his way out Monday afternoon, I ran downstairs to see what happened.
The Prius wouldn’t start. Crap.
Okay, so technically the Prius started. It just wouldn’t allow us to shift it into gear or move it in any way. It would sit there, lit up, and literally writing to us on the display that it was broken and needed professional help. How freaking sad is that?! It was a little sadder when I replied that I knew how it felt.
Anyway, my heart dropped. We are just now starting to make real progress again to our long-term retirement goals. It also doesn’t help that we spent the $10,000 saved for a new car on our new home instead in late 2012, so that account only has $3000 in it right now. Definitely not enough to buy a solid, new family car with low miles with cash.
Handling the Immediate Issue
But we had a $13,000 paper weight in our garage, so whining wouldn’t help. I called AAA, explained that we had a dead Prius in our garage, and dropped my husband off at the meeting he was late for. As soon as I got back, the tow truck driver arrived and asked how to put a Prius in neutral…
Ummmm, I already told the AAA lady that a Prius doesn’t have a neutral. It has “go” and “not go”, and that’s it. So the very nice tow truck driver, who was not previously informed, used a jack to get the front wheels off of the ground and we slowly pushed the hybrid out of our garage and down the driveway about a foot at a time. He then promptly hooked it up and towed it away to our favorite mechanic. I stuck a large note to the driver’s seat asking my mechanic to call me when they got into the car.
Car Crisis Averted
So at 8:30am Tuesday morning, I get a call from my man, Mike. He explains that the 12v battery was done. He also let me know that there is one in the area for about $300 or he could maybe get one online for $200 in about a week. Yeah, we took the same day option. My car leaks brake fluid and is a standard…it’s not a car to share.
Tuesday afternoon, we paid up $350 in exchange for a Prius that runs (that also had the oil change it needed this week anyway). 🙂 Overall, we’ll consider it a win. We’re just holding our breaths that it is indeed good to go for a while.
Now I may up our contribution to the new car account. Right now, it’s at $500 a month (my last car payment was about $200 a month and his last one was about $300…hence paying ourselves $500 a month now). I think it’s going to be $1000 now…we really rather pay for a car in cash when we need it. No more car loans please.
Okay, so now our cars are both working. Our icemaker works now too. But, I still haven’t gotten my stupid phone fixed. Waiting to get it back from Samsung since I declined to pay them $179 to fix a phone that I can buy new online for $150. Oh, and our cable is still being inconsistent. We’ll most likely be getting rid of it early next year (the next month is too crazy to handle yet something else new to deal with). It’s working well enough for now.
Have you had any car problems lately? Anything else on your plate?
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