Michelle Needs a Car!

$1,850 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 19 months
My name is Michelle and I'm raising money for a downpayment for a new car.

In my photo, you'll see me standing next to my mom. She is so supportive of me in everything that I do, and continues to be my biggest fan. But sometimes, she can't be everyone's everything, and I know that as much as she would love to, she can't afford to just give me the downpayment for a car (and I can't expect her to). So I've set up a GoFundMe to do just that.

Recently, I've decided to take my future into my own hands. I'm fortunate enough to work in a field that I love, but unfortunately, love doesn't pay the bills (the field that I work in barely does). With money being tight, I came to the conclusion that I need to start my own businesses. Yes. Businesses as in two. And I'm apprenticing to hopefully become a business owner of a third within the next few years.

Ambitious? Yes. I've always been ambitious, but ambitions don't pay the bills, either.

I've been scraping by, paying the bills that keep my head above water, and any semblance of a savings goes straight back into debt...like those ugly student loan payments, or the tires I couldn't afford to buy, or the medical bills that add up because I can't even afford the copays. All that is fine and well...and then my check engine light went on. 

I've had used cars and hand-me-down cars since I was in high school at the gracious hands of my parents, and they've all done the job for a few years. The problem with used cars, however, is that they cost money to keep running and that is money I don't have. Oil changes? Yes. Tires? Kind of, sometimes. Cosmetics? Definitely not.

So now, while I got my alternator issue fixed last year, my bumpers are now taped on, I've had an overheating problem for years, my blinkers aren't behaving properly, my AC no longer works, and now my engine light is on and according to those lovely folks at Advanced Auto Parts and their free diagnostic tool, apparently the cylinders in my engine are misfiring.

I love my car, as people tend to when they've had them for awhile, but I don't have the money to keep pouring into him in large doses, just to be in the exact same position in a few years, months...weeks. 

It is time for a new car, and if I have the downpayment, I've talked to so many dealers who will finance a new car at a payment I can afford. 

With a new car, I could make the 30 minute commute to work without worrying that I won't get there. I could actually drive to people's houses for business consultations without worrying if that might be it's last journey. I could make the hour and a half trip into the mountains to go to my apprenticeship. I could even go visit my mom more than at Christmas and Thanksgiving. 

Basically, my whole future is hanging on having reliable transportation. And every time I get into my current car, the future feels bleak. 

All I ask is for help to pay a downpayment, and I can work on the rest. I also plan to use $400 of the money earned to pay back the tire place (they gave me my tires for free because they were dangerous to drive on but I couldn't afford to buy them).

Having your support would mean so much to me, my business, and my peace of mind. My mom wouldn't have to worry every time I get in my car to go somewhere, either. 

The sooner I raise this money, the better so that I don't find myself on the side of the road again. I cannot thank you enough for your support! It really means everything to me, and hopefully, when business is up and running and actually making a profit, I'll be in a good enough place to pass the goodwill along in a way that is more than just my word.

$5, $10, $50, $100...it doesn't matter how much or how little you can donate, or if you can donate at all. Even if you can't, a share is a step in the right direction and perhaps my wish to have reliable transportation will compel just the right person who can donate. The more people I reach, the more I might make this dream a reality.

Once I have this piece of the puzzle, I can start turning these lemons into lemonade and make a brighter future for myself.
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We are just one month away from my 27th birthday. If you were planning on getting me a birthday present, please consider donating instead. If you weren't thinking about getting me a present, consider donating a few dollars.

Anything helps, and to put that into perspective, if each of my 272 Facebook friends donated just $5 that is $1360 and puts me at about halfway to my goal. If every one of those people donated *$10* that equals $2720 which puts me just $1000 dollars shy of my goal.

If you are interested in a life and car update...I just changed my spark plugs and it solved the current engine issue. I changed my water recovery tank, which had no effect on my long-standing overheating problem.

Now, my blinkers have ceased working, and my overheating problem actually appears to have gotten worse. Diagnostics is next, and I'd really like to get a new car before having to put tires on again (which is about a year away it appears).

Thank you so much! Words do not do my feelings justice!
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I've been a little absent from social media lately trying to get life in order! But here I am again. If you're interested...my fingers are healing well enough, and I'm no longer on restrictions at work. I am also having a dear friend put in a new water recovery tank in my car, hoping that helps the overheating problem and keeps MY car running for just a little longer.

Anything that you can give, big or small, is greatly appreciated!
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There is a moment in time when suddenly you realize your hopes, dreams, and goals are more than that...that they might actually be achievable.

I had that moment this morning, when I discovered a friend had made a large donation to my cause, that I may actually be able to get the car that I so desperately need. It was a moment that this isn't just a dream, but can actually be a reality.

I'm a little over a fifth of the way to my goal now, and I would love to have your continued support to make this a reality for me. I don't just want a car, I NEED a car.

Thank you all so much! It means the world to me!
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Friends and family,

I just discovered this week that I needed to ALSO replace my coolant recovery tank in my car. Just before I was prepared to buy the part and put it in myself (so that I didn't have to pay an expensive mechanic), I landed myself in the ER with a hand injury requiring stitches and a few trips to orthopedics because I broke a finger, too. Now, the money I had to put into trying to fix part of my car is all going to medical bills.

Again, the car takes a back seat to other expenses.

Anything you can give will help, no matter how small and insignificant it may be to you. If you can't give, please share so that I might be able to fulfill my need of a reliable car.

Thanks! <3
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$1,850 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 19 months
Created July 27, 2016
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16 months ago
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16 months ago
$50
Audra Kidwell
16 months ago

Happy early birthday...wish it was under better circumstances! *hugs*

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debi madrid
16 months ago

Happy birthday

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Cassie Knutson
16 months ago

Happy Birthday!

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16 months ago
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17 months ago
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17 months ago
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