Is it my imagination or have we had what seems like more than our fair share of car trouble? After spending $730 on the van we found out it needs $530 more to "maybe" get it to pass safety and emissions so we can update the registration. The van now sits idly, once again, in the garage. I think I have finally talked Harold into selling the darn thing. We will probably ask $3000 for it, knowing that if it was up and running we could get $4000-4500 out of it. Hopefully we can get an offer that will allow us to purchase another commuter car for Harold, as he will be driving twice the distance he currently does due to a new UoP building being completed in American Fork. Nothing quite as fun as twice the commute, twice the gas.
As you recall, a few months back, right after purchasing our 2006 Sonata we hit a major hole in the road, damaging the front passenger tire/rim. We got that fixed. Then on Saturday, as Harold was driving, it felt like we ran over something like mesh. I asked Harold what that was and he says, "I think the tire just blew." Um....and within seconds it was confirmed, we could feel that one of the tires was gone, probably the front passenger tire. We pulled over and sure enough, there were some major holes in the sides of the tire.
It was about 100 degrees out and Harold dutifully changed the tire and put the donut on. Lovely. While he was jacking up the car, along comes a guy who asks if we are out of gas. Huh? Can you see the flat tire and the jack here? Apparently that guy had run out of gas and was willing to help us if we were "as stupid as I am." Nope, not that stupid, at least not today.
Then along comes Matt. See, we were all on our way to Amy's for a double b-day party for her kids. Matt offers some moral support, takes the frozen/refrigerated items that needed to get to Amy's ASAP and he took off.
Is there a Car Goblin amongst us? Do other people have these horrible things happen to them as often as they happen to us and I am just the biggest whiner about it?
Got another tire for the Sonata, a used tire that cost $47 instead of $147, but it looks brand new and according to the wear and tear report, it is practically new. Lucky us.
Despite our trials we really are blessed.