The Crescat's New Ride
I could list a litany of miseries for you and detail all the needs my family has but there is one need that trumps them all.
A reliable source of transportation.
Without it I have no way to get to and from work to provide for my family. No car means no work. If I don't work we don't eat.
Not too mention, without a vehicle my son has no way to get to school. He attends a small charter school that doesn't offer transportation.
That's the basics of my needs. A car that I can trust to start every morning when I get in it and preferrably doesn't leak when it rains and has heat in the winter and ac in the summer. A reliable car that doesn't hemmorage money in repairs every month so I don't have to decide whether to pay the power bill or fix the busted fuel pump.
That's why I started this gofundme fund raiser. Every month I am repairig this belt or that and can't seem to get ahead enough to set money aside to purchase a car that isn't literally gorilla glued together.
I know I've probably set my goal too high, but really anything that can go towards a down payment will help.
I'm all my son has and he depends on me for everything. My car is what I depend on to provide him with that everything he needs.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this and if you donated I appreciate ya even more.
So what did I get? A very nice, used Jeep Patriot with low mileage and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that it will start when I get in it and if I need to drive it in the summer I won't cook to death, since these windows DO roll down and the ac works.
How 'bout that.
What a blessing you all have been.
Thank you and thank you again.
Reaching my goal, and then some, is timed perfectly with the newest revelation that the transmission has started slipping.
Then last night I found out my car is worthless. I mean, I know she's falling apart but I thought I could at least get $500, heck $250, in trade in value.
Ha, said the car salesman laughing in my face.
I bought my car used from a private seller and it had been in a previous accident with the driver door replaced. It was a really great deal at the time so I though, eh what the heck. Who cares if the door is different than the rest of the car if she runs good, right?
But because of the accident the title I have on the car is a "total loss" title. Little did I know...
My intent was to trade her in and use that money toward what was being raised here. I test drove a vehicle last night and talked to the salesperson. He informed me that since the title is a "total loss" title they couldn't take it as a trade in. Worthless.
These added donations are really going to help off-shoot that blow and help cover the cost of tags, taxes, and registration.
A big, fat, completely sincere THANK YOU to you all! I am humbled by the generous outpouring and support.
Let's hope I'm done for Lent at least.
Total spent in repairs the last two months; $868.00. There it goes, the last of my savings... buh-bye.
At 175k miles and ten years she's barely clinging on to life. This beast is hemorrhaging money.
A big hearty, healtfelt, humble thank you to those who've donated. You guys are amazing.
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When we bought our car, we went to a dealership that was having a "cash for clunkers" deal. They took any car, any condition, as a trade in worth $3,000. Maybe you can find a deal like that? In 2010, we bought a 2011 Nissan Versa brand new for $13,000 (bare bones model - no stereo, manual transmission, manual windows, etc). Five years later it's still going strong; we've never had any problems with it. Just FYI!