My car died at the funeral parlor. Now isn't that ironic?
It's been a long, long time since I've thrown a pity party, and after these past few days I think the time is ripe. Though my car actually died on Friday night after the service for Rich's dad, the agony of my situation didn't hit me until yesterday. The day was a dreary one to begin with, not the kind of day you'd expect on the first of June, rainy and cold. And it was a day off from work, too, but not the good kind. The day was spent alone, stuck in the house, missing another day of work because of my car, and nothing to do but think as I waited...and waited...and waited.
You can see from the picture above that my car is beautiful. It's a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse that I bought from my friend Jorge before he went to live in Chile. When I first got it, I hadn't been looking for a car, but the price was great and ooh, it's such a hot car! I hate to say it though that over the years since I bought it from my pal, I've probably paid for it almost twice over in tickets and repairs.
I actually ranted about the tickets awhile back...I'd gotten two of them not long after getting the Mitsu and I still feel though I'd been singled out because of the sporty appearance of my car. That was a couple of years ago anyway. The frustration I'm feeling right now has to do with breaking down. I can't even tell you how many times over the past two years I've gotten stuck somewhere, having to lose a day's work and shelling out mucho bucks to fix it.
This time it was the alternator, and it's gonna cost me about $500 to fix. I missed one day already and I am currently hoping to miss just a half day today. I'm still waiting. In the meantime I find myself once again in a financial quandry. It's taken me a couple of months of scrimping and saving towards other important things in my life and now in a second...poof! It's almost all gone.
I'm guessing it's about time to start looking for a new car. With my savings gone on the repair, I have nothing to put down on a new vehicle, much less being able to afford a new car payment. My friend Blanche says to look at the bright side, that at least I've got the money saved to pay for the repairs and won't have to charge it. He's right, I know, but ugh, it's so hard!