It's a no win situation!!!

Amy - posted on 07/27/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So my husband lost his job in May and has been out of work since. We had to take money from his retirement account so that we can stay afloat on our of our basics like food, mortgage, electric, and credit card bills. Well his car broke down and it's been in the shop 2 weeks, my MIL offered to pay to get it fixed for him.

Initially they fixed what was the problem but when they drove it to ensure it was set they discovered another problem with the engine and they are currently taking it apart to see if it needs to be replaced or if it can be repaired. So the last few days my MIL has been paying for a rental car for him because he's trying to get a new job and my work schedule has been crazy. It sucks because if the engine needs to be replaced it's not worth fixing but we don't have the money for a new car because he doesn't have a job, and he can't get a job without having a car. It's just a no win situation and it looks like I'm going to have to try and come up with financing for a car and keep my fingers crossed he gets this job because if not we'll be paying for something we can't afford.

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Chaya - posted on 07/28/2012

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What part of the world do you live in? You may be able to go to an auto auction and get a cheap car until you can save for another, you can also look at craigslist ,etc. My standard advice is to explain the problem to your pastor/priest/ pick your adjective.When I was a child, someone gave my dad a car because they heard he needed one (perhaps) and he was going to buy a new car, but he wasn't offered what he decided was a fari trade in offer, so he signed the title over to my dad.You may find something like that. I once had a flute stolen from me, and I was sad about it, soneone, still unknown to me, had a much higher quality flute delivered to me. I never ask for help from my church except when my daughter is likely to suffer, but sometimes people hear stuff.

Amy - posted on 07/28/2012

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Kelly that does make sense, the car is 10 years old and we'll probably sell it as is for a some money and let someone else fix it. The car has 200,000 miles on it so I'm not sure how much longer it will last before something else breaks. He's probably just going to have to look for a newer used car, fingers crossed it looks like he got the job!!

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That sucks....

As a note though, even if it costs more than the car is worth to fix the engine, it still might be better to do that than buy a new car if the cost of the repair is less than what you would spend on a new car. When I was young, I spent $1500 fixing an old VW that probably wasn't worth more than $400 at the time, but I got a ton of use out of the car, and was able to accomplish a lot of things that I wouldn't have been able to do without a car or with an expensive car payment. I drove that car for over 3 years, then gave it to a friend who still has it! I never could have bought a new car that I would have gotten that much use out of for $1500. Does that make sense? I have a friend in a similar situation and I was trying to tell her the same thing today and she looked at me like I was crazy....her sister said it better.

Bethany - posted on 07/27/2012

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that suxs big time :( wish u all the best cant say much else than that oxox

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