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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
Grrrrr. It's been a crap day.
I decide to take a quick drive to grab some early lunch. So I'm driving down the road and suddenly notice huge jets of steam shooting out from under my hood. Temperature gauge, pegged beyond the red zone. Fortunately, I'm within a mile of a Toyota dealership so I manage to drive into the service area.

Wait? 5 hours in a waiting room with only a number puzzle in a newspaper. Fortunately, I had my iPod with me.

Assessment? Cracked radiator, among other things.

Cost? $700+ That's just to make the car drivable, putting aside the tons of not immediately vital repairs which need to be done.

Now this is a 15 year old Toyota with well over 100,000 miles on it, no air-conditioning or heat, oil leaking everywhere, sooooo...

End result? I need a new car.

Oh. Friggin'. Joy.

::starts knitting ferociously::

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off

6 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
kikotei From: kikotei Date: July 15th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Ack! Hydra! Didn't you have to get a new/old car a couple of years ago (or maybe I'm getting things mixed up)...

I know how it feels having to shovel money into a car, I was supposed to get a major $370+ service on my car today, but I begged it off. Good thing it's not super critical.

And I'll say, it's been very hart to track down used cars in good condition for reasonable prices. I spent the last couple of months helping my brother car hunt.
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: July 15th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope. I've had this car for a while.

As for hunting for used cars, there's the old "time vs cost" consideration. I really don't have the time or energy to track down the very best deal possible, and I probably lack the expertise to do a meticulous evaluation of a used car. So it's probably the dealers for me (i.e., new or certified used).

And before somebody jumps on me about how dealers always gouge and rip you off (e.g., points to anonymous message below), I am well aware that going to a dealer isn't the cheapest way to go. But again, I've willing to pay a bit more just for the convenience.

Therefore, I shall dutifully do my research on the Internet, scope out the local dealerships with printouts in hand, and endeavor to get a reasonable price in a reasonably short time. ^_^;

genkisakka From: genkisakka Date: July 15th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Hydra-chan! Cars are a pain in the ass, aren't they?

I think I know the guy who told you to avoid the Stealer (hee hee), and he knows cars inside-out and really was just trying to help. (Dude, you really should open your own shop. I'd have customers lined around the block for you. ^_~) But I also know the agony of the investing-time-to-save-money debate, so I understand why you'd rather just grit teeth and pay the extra bucks.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 15th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Your getting screwed at the Stealer . A aftermarket rad should be no more then $150 and a couple of hours install at $75 bucks an hour your around $300+ $25 in antifreeze and hoseclamps. Tell the dealer to pound . Also you may have blowen a head gasket or warped the head (read as big Money)if you ran it too hot for too long
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 15th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just trying to help as I see people getting the shaft all the time .Sorry
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: July 15th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem. ^_^

That particular dealership tried to push me into buying at MSRP, offered not the slightest incentive or inclination to negotiate, and financing at 8.5+% interest. ::eyebrow tic::

Needless to say, I didn't give them my business. I may want a car, and I might be willing to pay a bit more for speed and convenience, but I'm not THAT desperate.
6 hisses or Hiss in my ear....