The Death of My Car
Letting Go of my car
Yesterday, I made the decision to let go of my 1995 Oldsmobile Delta Royale 88 vehicle due to my inability to maintain and care for this car. In recent months, I found myself spending money to keep this car running just so I can make it through the upcoming winter. As much as I loved this car, I could no longer keep spending money for this car that kept breaking down. It seemed as if every other month I was constantly pouring money into this vehicle only for it to stop on me. The mechanic who was fixing my car had somewhat good knowledge of why my vehicle was constantly breaking down. He was what you would call "an alley mechanic". But I still trusted him to fix my car. Sadly, I could not afford to take my car to a licensed auto repair shop. In this age of shady car repair shops and people, who can you trust to make sure that your car will be serviced correctly? My car maintenance issues varied from worn brake pads to the serpentine belt slipping off. I guess my whole thing was that I was going to drive this car until I could no longer drive it. Bottom line, this car was just old, 17 years old to be exact with about 137,000 plus miles on it.
I first acquired this car back in 2000 from my former husband, who could no longer drive due to health issues. Driving in Chicago can be detrimental to the life of any car. The sometimes harsh weather conditions, the stop and go traffic, and a host of other issues had taken its toll on my car. Of course, my poor knowledge of car maintenance has also contributed to the loss of this car. I only knew to put gas in the car and to keep the oil changed every three months, and to keep the car insured,
I feel as if a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I kept putting off the decision whether to give up my car or to take public transportation. Of course this car came in very handy when I needed to run errands and to go to work. I know that in the coming months that it's going to be difficult. Having to wait at the bus stop and dealing with crowds of people and their somewhat silly behaviors is not my cup of tea. I've have lived in Chicago all of my life and I know that Chicago weather can be brutal. I'm used to dealing with Chicago's coldest winters and the hottest of summers. I know that all I need to do is to prepare myself as far as having the proper clothing for whatever the weather conditions call for.
Now there's the issue of buying a more dependable car. With all the nice cars that I've seen, I'm finding it hard to make the decision to buy from a car dealership or a private owner. How will I know whether I'm getting a good deal or not? I do know that I will not be purchasing a brand new car because I know that the car will depreciate as soon as I drive it off the car lot. And I do not want some slick car salesperson trying to persuade me to buy a car that is way beyond what I'm able to pay for.I do know that I will do my best to come up with a sizable down payment for a late model dependable car. Because I'm a lady, I do fear that some car salesperson will try and take advantage of me because of my lack of knowledge when it comes to cars. I guess that I have some serious researching to do, but where do I start? All I want is a car that will get me from point A to point B, without any mechanical issues.
I guess car ownership has its ups and downs. I can rest easier in knowing that I don't have to keep shelling out my hard earned money for a car that keeps digging a hole in my wallet. I will use this time to save money and research my options for a newer vehicle. Wish me luck!!!!