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Cars are money pits

August 8th, 2007 at 06:04 pm

Took the van in for service today. It wasn't actually due yet, but we leave for vacation on Saturday and I wanted it serviced before we took it on a road trip.

It was due for the 90,000 mile service, needed an alignment and had to have some other general maintenance stuff done. Of course, that all added up to hundreds of dollars. I did have a $25 coupon which helped a tiny bit, and they don't charge me for the rental car for the day, which also helps a bit.

Whenever I'm upset about how much the service is costing, though, I just think about how much more it would cost if we got a new car. If we average about $100/month or so on repairs, I figure I'm way ahead compared to getting a new one.

4 Responses to “Cars are money pits”

  1. Aleta Says:

    You're right about being way ahead of paying for repairs instead of car payments. You have to look at what you're paying yearly in repairs as you have. Also, it's great that you had the car repaired before going on vacation. Wouldn't want to have problems on the road.

    Anyway, hope that you have a great time!

  2. fern Says:

    Of course, it's not just the cost of repairs vs. cost of a new car to consider, but remember the cheaper car insurance you're paying, too.

  3. Amber Says:

    I agree, I ended up getting a new car but if I did not have to I wouldn't have. My old car was in the shop every other month,the mechanic said it wasn't worth all the money I was putting into it. But I kept the car and guess what she is running just fine now no problems in 2 months (of course since I have a newer car)my uncle did something I don't know what bu she runs brand new

  4. livingalmostlarge Says:

    I just repaired my brakes/rotors. It's still cheaper than buying a new car.

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