Saving Money for Trustworthy UsedCar : Sierra Rose

Hi Everyone! My name is Rose (Sierra Rose). I am making this GoFundMe campaign mostly for any friends and family who want to help put money towards the savings I am trying to build, to buy a decent used car. My current car is my mom’s old Hyundai SantaFe. It has accumulated too many problems to be trustworthy to drive. With the mileage at almost 200k now and the pile of repairs it would need I don’t want to put the little bit of savings I have made into repairing a sinking ship. Details of current vehicle’s issues if you’d like to read: -Three (all) of the motor mounts are broken,cracked not knowing when they’ll finally fail. -Oil leak that was repaired once, but persists. The leak already ruined one alternator that was replaced a few years ago, but with it still leaking I believe it will damage this one as well. -Not sure the mechanical issue behind this one...If it rains the power steering goes out and I am unable to turn the wheel. The power steering fluid level is fine and my mechanically savvy friend has looked at it but no luck finding the issue. Not knowing this I got stranded twice after a storm in intersections unable to turn the wheels. What an adventure! HAHA -The AC has blown its last cool breath. -The windows no longer work. In conjunction with the no AC, nonworking windows and the power steering issue, going anywhere on a day where rain is forecasted is kinda impossible to do safely. Here in beautiful and rainy Florida that’s not super easy. Goals and criteria I have in purchasing a trustworthy used car: -Something a few years old with less than 45k miles. -No mechanical problems. -Something that is more fuel efficient, preferably 28/32 MPG. Right now the SantaFe gets about 18MPG which defiantly adds up. Currently this has me looking into Hyundai Elantras, Toyota Corollas and Toyota Yaris’ around 2017-2018 with decent mileage and a clear accident history. Each of these models gets economical gas mileage and is from brands who’s repairs do not cost an arm and a leg to maintain. These vehicles and others in their league run about 10k to 12k. I am working slowly but surely saving towards a car I feel safe driving, but the progress is slow. I really haven’t felt safe driving my current vehicle for a while so it can make it difficult to get around, borrowing loved one’s cars often. My goal to become more independent includes being able to more easily and safely transport myself to and from school and work. I am currently majoring in biomedical laboratory sciences. Post initial
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