My car was left at the repair place yesterday as I was not able to drive following my procedure. So earlier today, SB and I hopped in his car and drove down to Placerville to pick it up. The shop didn't charge me a cent, even though they had checked it out. That was a pleasant surprise. It started right up and I drove home, no problem. After SB got home, he said he was going to drive it down to the shop (the big metal shop with tools and equipment on his property) and wash it. Well, guess what? It would not start. Apparently it needs to sit overnight before it will start. SB thinks that this is going to be an expensive problem to diagnose and repair. So, that's it. I am breaking up with my car and moving on.
You know, about 6 months ago, SB mentioned I should consider selling my car while it still has value and buy something else. I scoffed. I intend to drive this for years yet, I said. Oh, I just hate it when he is right!
I can sell to Junkcars.com as is for $1,074. I was very honest about the problem. It's kind of a bummer, but I don't have to put any money into repairs and I don't have to lie about it. (Which of course I won't lie to a potential buyer). I just spent $800 odd dollars two months ago putting on new tires. Bleah!
Update: I am not going to sell it to junkcars.com. At least, not yet. I am going to take it to a mechanic, drop it off, and let him figure it out at his leisure. If it can be repaired, then I can sell it private party for more than $1,074.
So here I am, I need a car right away. I kind of like CarMax, I feel that they have a big selection and they are upfront about prices and they don't play games. So I hopped on their website and looked at a few options. I need AWD and I need something with clearance, so that basically means an SUV. My preference is a Honda or a Toyota, but I didn't see anything that said screaming good deal to me. So then I just searched for any vehicle with AWD and I found a 2018 Hyundai Tucson with only 12k miles on it. That is practically new. It has the SEL Plus option package so it is very nicely equipped. They are asking 27k for it. An actual new one is close to 40k. I have an appointment to see it tomorrow. I am probably going to buy it, but I can't say for certain because I have never even driven a Hyundai.
This Tucson is at the CarMax in my former hometown, Modesto. So my grand plan is to drive SB's little Toyota Corolla to Mom's, take her and my nephew to the CarMax, then if it is a yes my nephew can drive SB's Corolla back to Mom's and we can proceed south to my niece's house.