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The Death of My Car

Updated on November 3, 2012

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!!!!

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      I agree there is a lot of dependence in having a car. I feel somewhat lost without it. Taking care of errands such as grocery shopping is no easy task, but I'm learning to get around that. Thanks for reading & commenting on my hub.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Interesting Hub, nina64. We do become very dependent on our vehicles. I have a fuel miser, a Toyota Prius, and probably it is my favourite car, requiring very little maintenance or gas. If we had a good transit system I would be happy to do without it, even though I recognise there are some inconveniences attached to this decision. Sounds as though this was a wise decision on your part.

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Hello, I appreciate you reading and commenting on my hub. I'm still somewhat mourning the loss of my car, but it's one headache I did not need. I'm working on getting a more reliable car.

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Good luck nina64 on your search for a new "beloved". I share your feelings and experiences with these toys for the boys. I learned a lesson from buying my car. First, I consider the "affordability" based on my wallet and then the gas mileage. I would like to save gas in the long run.

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Hello, cardoctor2, I appreciate your comments. I really loved my car, and I truly hated that I had to let it go. Hopefully, I will be able to find another car that's more reliable. Next time, I might decide to go for a foreign vehicle.

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      cardoctor2 4 years ago from http://www.auto tune up and repair options.com

      Bummer deal when a friend dies on ya - like your car! I know that model and its buick cus are good cars. My son likes and buys costly 2 maintain cars - he pays a huge upkeep cost for that reasoning.

      Me? I like several year old popular common cars that consumers r give your the OK on. New Car Dealers pride themselves in selecting what will be a dependable used car.s. Those two sources both work for me on car selections. Maybe, those sources will help you pick your nex car luv afair for the next 5 or so years ...george

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      I will look into that.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello nina64. Check there website. They have one on/for teachers I looked into. I know some great teachers, yet I didn't notice if it was specific to Chicago or not.

      Have a great day . . .

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Hello again tsmog, I sometimes watch WGN-TV when I'm at home on the weekends. The contest that you are referring to, I've never heard of. But I will keep my eyes open to watch out for that particular show. You have a great day as well.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Nina, just tossing out something. I live in Esondido near San Diego. Guess what television station I watch when arriving home at night? Hint 30 Rock is a fav. WGN-TV, lol. I have basic cable and that is one of the channel choices. Odd, eh? I noticed WGN-TV have some contests for writers of late if I read correctly.

      Have a great day . . .

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Tim, thank you so much for reading and commenting on my hub. Letting go of my car was such a painful decision for me. As much as I needed this vehicle, it was breaking me financially. I know that I will have another car in the future. Just not right now. As long as there is public transportation in Chicago, I will be riding on it. Again, I appreciate your comments. Be blessed.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for sharing nina64. I am empathetic to your cause and the decision making process with the nuances of attachment to a vehicle. At times that vehicle is powerful as a symbol representing a 'dream.'

      I thank you for sharing the process and allowing vulnerability to be set aside seeking a solution many pursue today. That is courage and is respected and appreciated.

      Sharing, like you I have 2007 Honda Fit, very low mileage, bought to last 20 years. Yet I see the potential of cash flow, yet the solution for transportation falls into possibly being a 'Scooter' and then renting when trips beyond that range occurs.

      Here in Escondido, CA I see a lot of scooters being used, by the retired and the youth more so, and those 'Smart Cars' are appearing more and more. The Fiat 500 looks promising offering solutions for economics and practicality. Longevity is the risk regarding dependability and access to repair after the magical 60,000 mile marker. How many years is that 60,000 and decisions regarding room would have to be considered - kids, adult passengers, etc.

      Great article prompting much thought. I will be notating your article for future reference this month during the pre-planning phase for 2013 and more.

      Tim