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The Decision Seems to Have Made Itself

October 14th, 2022 at 09:33 pm

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 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  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.


3 Responses to “The Decision Seems to Have Made Itself”

  1. Wink Says:

    My brother owns a Hyundai Tucson. I'm not sure what year it is but he just paid it off, so I think it's about 5-6 years old. He has never had a problem with it. I've been in it numerous times and it has a nice, smooth ride.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    CarMax is a good place to sell cars, FYI. In between trade-in and private party. It's a fairly simple process. They give you an offer, you can take it or leave it.

    That said, you could list it private party, full disclosure. It's probably valuable to a mechanic or someone good with cars.

    Good Luck!

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    I have a thought about your car problem. I once had a car that mysterious would not start from time to time. The starter, alternator, and battery were all fine, but after awhile, the mechanic figured out that the connections to the battery were loose. I think they had to wind up replacing some cables or something.

    Having just bought a used car, I have to tell you that the used car market is crazy right now. For example, my car was totalled in an accident and I got an insurance payout that was more than I paid for the car 3 years ago. When I went to find a replacement, I found out that the prices for similar models were around $2K to $4K higher. I also checked carvana, but because they were even more expensive than locally available inventory. I was not able to travel outside of town to find one, so I had to upgrade in order to get something in good condition and do so without debt. Good luck on your car problems!

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