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Need your advice

December 26, 2006

I attribute the lack of blogging lately to the lack of sleep. 2 hours last night. Yes!

Anyway, we’ve got a dilemma. The Hutch Mobile has seen better days. The steering system is jacked. Big car, no power steering, equals Steph can’t drive. So to get it fixed is 600 bones. And the brakes need to be totally redone. And we just spent 250 trying the “cheaper” alternative of getting the steering fixed. Then come May we need to get the car totally checked out, for the big trip east, another 75 bucks plus the cost of whatever needs fixing.

Currently, Kelley Blue Book puts the Hutch mobile around $3,000 (at the “fair” rating).

So, the question:

Put over a grand into a 3,000 dollar car (that I know and love)

OR

Sell the beast and get an equivalent now with cheaper parts which we will then make the trip with?

Please respond quickly, because we have to make this decision soon and we’re averaging 4 hours of sleep a night (so the thinking’s not as clear as it used to be).

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2006 5:28 am

    My bro is a mechanic in Orchards. If you want his number email me, and I will give it to you.

  2. December 27, 2006 9:26 am

    Karl,

    Just emailed you. But you didn’t answer my question. Or did you? šŸ™‚

  3. December 28, 2006 9:51 am

    Gut feeling (since I don’t know all the details): A newer, smaller car will probably get you better gas mileage and save you more money in the long run—especially if it’s a car with easy to get parts so that future maintenance doesn’t add to the stress. We’ll be praying for you guys to get some sleep so you can think clearly!

  4. December 30, 2006 5:56 am

    Yeah, I did not answer your question directly. But if you want my answer here goes: Every old mechanic I have talked to says that it is almost always cheaper to repair what you have than to buy a replacement.

    Here is why. If you buy a newer car, insurance is higher, newer technology is usually more expensive to fix… and there are more reasons, but I won’t go into them all. Probably the biggest reason is that you already know what is wrong with this car, and have been driving it for awhile. Thus, you know in your gut when something is wrong.

    Of course, I don’t even know what kind of car the Hutch mobile is, which is part of why I did not really answer your question at first. Different models and brands each have their own quirks.

    If its a Ford, my bro has several jokes about them, one is “At least they circled the problem when they found it.” šŸ™‚

    Anyway, the bottom line of this philosophy is that when you buy a used vehicle, you are also purchasing all the unknown problems it has (whether or not the previous owner knew about them). You might get lucky. Chances are you won’t (experience speaking here).

    Besides, if I remember correctly (and did the math correctly) you would have to pay around $240 in taxes plus any other licensing fees. Then there are those pesky emissions checks.

    I am probably forgetting something here, but you get the idea. Whatever you decide, these are some things to think about before making the jump.

    Did you get ahold of Erik?

  5. January 2, 2007 10:08 pm

    Jeana,

    We may go that route. Time will tell.

    Karl,

    We may go that route. Time will tell. šŸ™‚

    Seriously, we’re at a point of the power steering had to get fixed. No one would buy it without that fix. Now that it’s fixed, we proceed slowly as tell will tell. And sorry, no I didn’t call Erik in time before I had already ordered the part thru our mechanic. It’s good to have a reliable resource though, so thank you for his number.

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