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Thread: car repairs :(

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    Super Member brushandthimble's Avatar
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    Ok, this is sort of a vent, whinney feel sorry for myself.

    On Monday I went to help a board member I meet from the board here. Thanks to her I have a small part time job. Just in time too.... On the way to her house my car was making a 'noise', which my husband hates to hear me complain. The also needed some work he was putting off having done. Well on the way home I stopped at the dealers and a tech went for a short drive with me to hear the noise.
    My husband estimated repairs at $900.00, we left the car and the call the next day, drive shaft (I think thats what is called), plus brakes, etc. double hubby's estimate.
    fast forward two more day, fixed the orginal problem, dealer tech took it for a short drive before calling us it is fixed. get the call yesterday, with that noise out of the way, they can hear another one, NOT GOOD news, Now double the bill AGAIN for a new rear end. (4 wheel drive).
    I LOVE my Escape, and no way can we buy a new car, so pay for this repair is our only option.
    Can I say the dealer is awesome! They are working with us in anyway they can. They acknowledge we are great customers. I bought my Escape New from them in 2004 (it's a 2005), my son brought his LEMON to them, did not buy it from them.
    Well this is long enough, and I don't want to continue to bore you.
    thanks you letting me vent...
    have a GREAT weekend:)

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    I've always found out that anytime we have to have car repairs done plan on $1000 just to get it back home. I don't have a car payment and what the monthly payments would be I put back each month just for these unexpected repairs. This is the way I was raised. I do this for five years(usually the time to finance a car loan)and if I'm lucky I can pay cash for a car. It may not always be a NEW car because of having to take money out for repairs, but a New "old" car for me. Car repair bills BITE!!

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    So sorry to hear of your car troubles, when it rains it pours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    I've always found out that anytime we have to have car repairs done plan on $1000 just to get it back home. I don't have a car payment and what the monthly payments would be I put back each month just for these unexpected repairs. This is the way I was raised. I do this for five years(usually the time to finance a car loan)and if I'm lucky I can pay cash for a car. It may not always be a NEW car because of having to take money out for repairs, but a New "old" car for me. Car repair bills BITE!!
    Awesome idea! :thumbup:

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. I had to replace an alternator this past week instead of getting my Accuquilt GO!......

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    Yuck! I hate that for you, brushandthimble. Vehicle repairs are so expensive.

    Basketlady--I intend to do as you suggest when I have paid for my current vehicle. At least I will have savings for repairs!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    I've always found out that anytime we have to have car repairs done plan on $1000 just to get it back home. I don't have a car payment and what the monthly payments would be I put back each month just for these unexpected repairs. This is the way I was raised. I do this for five years(usually the time to finance a car loan)and if I'm lucky I can pay cash for a car. It may not always be a NEW car because of having to take money out for repairs, but a New "old" car for me. Car repair bills BITE!!
    That's a really good idea! I currently have car payments (only a few months left to go), and I think I will use your method!! Thanks!!! :thumbup:

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    Hugs! LOL, I date a mechanic, saves me a ton of money!!!!!!!

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    The AC went out in my car Sunday on the way home from Church. DH had it at the car place when they opened Monday. We have extended warrenty on it and yes it would cover the repair, but we have a $250 deductible. Luckly the repair was only $128 and we had it back in a couple of hours. We were fearing a very large repair bill so we were happy to pay the smaller fee.

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    I'm so sorry for you. I hate car repairs. I know nothing about cars so they can tell me anything and I'll believe them.

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    Of all the things to have go wrong :cry: And to have them keep piling up :thumbdown: At least they are working with you :thumbup:

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    I sympathize completely. Just got my car worked on yesterday.

    For almost two months we have had no gas gauge reading except EMPTY and two other lights kept coming on. Then I would turn the key to start and it would click but no turn over. Anyway, after getting a check I was waiting for, took teh car in and had diagnostics done, new gas tank sensor (everyone kept telling us they needed to put in a new tank, NOT. DH did a check on-line and found they are having numerous problems with same thing in Chevy Trailblazers) put in, and adjust something or another and add some special liquid to help clean everything (not the kind you can buy at auto parts store), and $350. 00 later, she runs great. Every place else quoted over $500 fix.

    Most dealers charge way too much. In Denver we had a great mechanic who owned his own shop and did all our vehicles. Guranteed his work for one year. Here, we are limited but our dealer is really great.

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    A couple of cars ago I had the gas gauge that wouldn't work. They replaced everything and never could get it to register the gas level. We just used our trip meter and filled up every 250 miles.

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    Both of our cars are paid off. Once mine was paid off I made double payments on his. Now extra money piles up and I move it over to the Credit Union. Think thats a great idea to open up an account and put that money in it for new car and repairs

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    sorry you are going through a mess with the vehicle. But at least they're working with you on payment & stuff.

    I'm shopping for a new care because the car is trying to have trouble (again) with the transmission. I'm not too annoyed because a) I've been saving up and b) the car has a 100K plus miles on it.

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