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The end of sentiment

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I brought my car to the mechanic today and around three he called with bad, though not unexpected, news. The transmission is shot. It's insanely expensive to replace. My car isn't worth that much.

I'm getting a new car instead. And I do mean new. Sure, possibly I'd buy a 2013 model with not too many miles on it, but otherwise not a chance. I figure I'm only going to be working full time another five years. I don't want any more of my precious retirement fund to go to the mechanic. I need something that works perfectly and doesn't require anything more extravagant than new tires every couple of years.

Despite some sensible suggestions from friends about cars they have liked, I have decided I want to get another Subaru. I don't need an SUV, I don't want a sedan, mileage is important but not a deal breaker. If I can't find exactly what I want in the price range I can afford, maybe I'll end up leasing something instead of buying it. No matter what, I intend to have a new car parked in my driveway in about a week.

I hate to trade in my Dad's car. I've only had it for two years and a bit. But that's the way it is.

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smofbabe
Jan. 10th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Bummer! Hope you find something you like in your price range. Is there any chance that John can get a lease deal through work?
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
No. But I might be able to get some help through my credit union. Will call them tomorrow anyway to see what I can do about a loan.
smofbabe
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC)
Hey, you're a successful smell business owner - what's not to love? :->
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
SMALL. SMALL business owner. Well, okay, given my business, it is a bit smelly. Seriously, I'm sure the credit union will loan me whatever I need, it's a secure loan, but the important part is whether I can actually afford the monthly payments on the car I want. It may be that I can't. I may have to settle for a sedan. Whatever it is, it'll be new, though.
janetmk
Jan. 10th, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
I have a 2006 Subaru Impreza wagon and am quite satisfied with it.
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
I sure hope I can afford a new Subaru. I have loved my Outback so much.
richardthe23rd
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
I am perfectly happy with the 1999 Sable I bought for $800 more than it would have cost to fix the heater in my Lancer...
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
The thing I like about the Sable and similar cars is they have sufficient window viewing room in the back. The later designs with the swoopy "dynamic" look just means you can't see out the back as well. I miss the Ford Falcon I drove for awhile.
richardthe23rd
Jan. 11th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
I am shocked, shocked I say, to discover that once I adjusted my side-view mirrors, I seem to have no blind spot in that car at all.
idahoswede
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)
We are SO on the same level with this car thing. Ray keeps saying "this car will probably be the last one we buy" and I agree with him on that, so we're getting a brand-new car in April as well.
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
That's going to be really nice for you. I sure wish I had gotten to drive my old car a little longer. I can't believe I paid it off in November and it died in January. New car all the way.
pondhopper
Jan. 10th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
A brand new car with a full warranty is real peace of mind.
Wagons are my favourite style.
We have 2 cars and one is always a wagon and the other a hatchback. Practical, that's us.
Have fun car shopping!
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
I may go hatchback. I keep asking myself how much I really need the wagon's capacity. Answer: probably a lot less than I think. I don't haul many dogs to the dog park anymore.
voidampersand
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
That's too bad. It's still such a great-looking car.
athenais
Jan. 10th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
Looking at prices, I feel depressingly sure I can't actually afford to own the new version of my car. I love it so much, I wish it had been anything but the transmission. I would have paid to fix it.
littleowl
Jan. 11th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
If you can get a lease ... I have to say I've been really happy leasing this past year. I take my car in for service and am happily surprised when I say "How much do I owe you?" and they say "Nothing" because it's leased.

The biggest drawback to leasing a new vehicle from my POV:
1) Having to carry the full boat insurance
2) Monthly payments always suck but if they're having a good deal, it can suck less. It's a new year and if they're looking to lease/offload some 2013 models that haven't been driven yet or even old stock of 2012s to make room for 2014 models, you might be able to find a good deal.
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