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Big car repair bill

November 12th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

The downside of keeping cars forever is that periodically the planets align just so and a bunch of things wear out or break at the same time.

Our van is a 2000 Toyota Sienna. I took it into the shop this morning for what I believe is a failing starter. The last time it was in for service, they also told me that the front brakes were due for replacing, the rear shocks were shot, the rear wheel cylinders were leaking and the tires were worn. I put off all that stuff at the time until we got past the Bat Mitzvah expenses, but today I told them to go ahead and fix everything. My wife has noticed the car slipping a bit on wet roads so I definitely wanted to get the tires done.

End result will be a nice big repair bill. Hopefully, though, this will hold us for a while. I don't mind spending $1,000 or so each year to maintain a good quality car.

3 Responses to “Big car repair bill”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Yep, a $1000 - $1500 repair bill maybe once a year is a lot better than $2400+++ a year in car payments. Smile

  2. Brenda Says:

    $1000 is better than 15,000 - 30,000 for a new car. It's all in how you look at it I guess.

  3. Aleta Says:

    Paying for repairs occassionally is defintely better than replacing cars. That new car will eventually need repairs too if you decide to keep it around.

    The best part is that when the bill is paid, it's over. No more payments with interest added on to it.

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