$450.00 in repairs for a car I paid $1,000 for in 1992. Some tie rod thing was bad, new tires, and new front and rear brakes. He said my brakes were really bad- I guess not only am I going nowhere fast, but I couldn’t stop real well once I got there either. Why do mechanics always ask what is wrong when you bring them the car? If I knew, I would fix it myself.
I guess I should not bitch. It is a silver 1983 Chevy Celebrity (with whitewalls), and besides being a total babe magnet, no one will ever break into it- my cd player and Willie Nelson and Dlebert McClinton discs are safe. In all honesty though, I hope I can keep this car for another ten years. I only put about 29k miles on it in the ten years I have had it (yes- it is my only car- I just do not drive much), so it should last. Plus, my insurance is miniscule (liability payments only), and other than every two years having to spend $400 bucks and an oil change very couple of months, it is relatively inexpensive.
Still, $450.00 bucks plus insurance for a car I have driven about 2500 miles this year makes me think I would be better off taking cabs. Oh, well.