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Car Repair & Taxes

August 8th, 2018 at 11:11 am

Husband has been wanting a new used car for a while and we have saved for years but unfortunately it seems like his car fund is the first thing to get raided every time something comes up. We finally decided that he will make some repairs to his old car and continue to drive it as long as possible and hold off on a new car for now.

Since we are hoping to get a couple more years out of it we went ahead and did some minor repairs we have been putting off. Thankfully husband and his dad can do most repairs and so far we have only had a $50 charge from the mechanic and about $100 in materials, which is amazing. Father in law frequents junk yards and always finds the best sales online.

They have replaced the breaks, a wheel bearing, some old rusted tie rods, tracking bar, new door, spark plugs, and the fuel filter. Also going to get new headlights.

I paid the first installment of property taxes for the first time.

We have started working on the house again and just have a few more minor things until we are on to optional and fun projects only.

Husband has applied for another job. Fingers crossed.

3 Responses to “Car Repair & Taxes”

  1. snafu Says:

    Don't wish to sound cranky but nearly all the work DH's vehicle required are regular maintenance for those of us with older vehicles. The fact that it only cost $ 150. is remarkable. You need to give 'cost avoidance ' value of at least double what the rest of us pay for regular maintenance! DH and FIL deserve to be praised to the sky. I wish my academic, 'head in the clouds' DH had some practical, usable skills like verify tire pressure and check the oil Smile It frightened me to learn DH just undertook a 13 hour road trip without checking either before departure.

    I hope DH's desire for a newer car will now go to the very top of the list of new project.

  2. klarose Says:

    Yes! It was regular maintenance stuff we had been putting off for the last year or so because we were planning on junking the car and didn't want to sink anymore money in.

    I am very fortunate that husband and his dad change the oil in the cars, and can fix most stuff. Although father in law did put my timing chain on wrong and broke the engine in my last car. I think it was like a $2k fix... So I joke that the savings really just come out even to his mistake. lol.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    You are fortunate indeed that DH and his dad can do so much of the car work.

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