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Things That Suck: Car Edition

July 27, 2012

A week ago on Saturday I was driving to Denver to go to my friend LeeAnne’s bachelorette party when my car stalled on the highway. I called AAA to have them tow it and the guy on the phone told me to open my gas cap because my car might be suffering from something called Vapor Lock. While I waited for the tow guy and for Michael to come pick me up I googled around for Vapor Lock and ended up opening the hood to let it cool off too. Apparently vapor lock can happen to old cars, which mine was, and if you let it cool off and let the vapor escape from your tank everything should be a-okay. Well, everything was not okay.

Michael took me to Denver and my car was towed home. I spent the weekend with my two favorite ladies, one celebrating her upcoming marriage, the other celebrating our love for Batman.

All the single ladies! Just kidding. There were only two of us not married or engaged.

Michael checked my car over and found I had no oil. Not a drop. Now, my car had an oil ooze that I knew about and took care of, but apparently in the extreme hot temperatures we’ve been having my ooze turned into a Niagara falls and dumped my oil somewhere between here and Denver. We filled the oil tank back up and hoped there was no major damage.

Monday I took the car in and to make a long story which is already long, much shorter, the engine is dead and gone. RIP to my little 1993 Camry. 19 years is a good run for a car and I know it wasn’t going to last forever, but it seriously stinks. My car was old, but it was paid off. It was a little clunky, but it still got me where I needed to go. It was oozy and the gas mileage sucked, but I thought I could nurse those back to health. I was wrong.

So I’ve started the process of buying a new car, which I’ve never done before. I bought my Camry from my parents for $2500 cash. I’ve never had a car loan or had to deal with shopping around for a new car. I don’t know with what I want and what I can afford are going to align.

Today I went to my bank and talked to a nice man named Glen about loans. I’m 99% sure he’s the father of a daughter or daughters because he was giving me all kinds of dad like advice. I told him what my budget was and he showed me what my payments would be at different interest rates. He told me that the first step is to find a car I want to buy that’s in my budget, then call the bank and have them process the VIN number to see if it’s a fair price and if they’ll finance it, the last step is to see if I qualify and at what interest rate. Luckily my dad is going to co-sign with me since I have very little credit and he has many years of car buying experience. My credit score is decent too so hopefully that part of the process will be easy. The hard part is going to be finding the car.

I’m borrowing Michael’s friend Dan’s car at the moment while he is out of town, which has been my saving grace. I don’t have to scramble around to find rides everywhere, especially since my parents are out of town too! All I want is someone to find the right car for me and figure all of this out. It’s so stressful. I wish my little old clunker had just run forever.

  • What experience do you have with buying a car? Did you take out a loan? Did you finance with the bank or a dealer? Or did you pay straight up cash?
  • What kind of car do you drive? Do you like it? What’s your dream car?