Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More on car repairs

So today I'm having some of my car repairs done. The other day we bought a new hose for the windshield washer solvent and that solved that problem total cost $2.67 not too shabby. The hose was cheap and it was rigged but works and best of all it isn't one of those rigging things that will damage anything else.

I bought the parts for the power steering pump, brake pads & rotors. Total cost $123.99, $20.00 of which I get back when I bring in my old power steering pump leaving the cost at $120.99. I do have to pay the guy repairing the vehicle a total of $50. I love it he needs money and I need repairs so we both can do each other a favor. He works out of his driveway today for a small amount and I can afford it YAY!!!

Total costs for parts and service for today: $170.99 not too shabby.

While it isn't quite as cheap as DIY and I could have tried to get a used pump, this makes me happy for a couple of reasons. I'm not quite sure how cost effective a used pump would be or if it is something that should be put on used and I can't do this work myself.

Now I need those pesky gaskets (trans pan and oil pan) replaced and I think I'll be good to go. I need to find a garage to do this as the car will need to be lifted for the work. Cross your fingers that the brake issue fixes my problem and it isn't something much bigger.

What have you done for auto repairs? Do you barter for services? Do you do it yourself or do you go to a garage or a friend?

Side note. I decided to add a feature to this blog WWYD Wednesday where I'll post a scenario either one a reader submits, my own or a made up scenario and ask WWYD. I thought it would be a good way to get the blog going in the right direction and keep me posting as well as help out the readers.

Photo By: The Prime Buyer's Report


  1. Bartering is a great way to go. I need to have some work done on my car - basically just the 30,000 mile tune up (since I am now on 41,000 and haven't done it.) Since my car will be paid off soon, I am going to use the money that would have been then next payment pay for the tune up. My payment is about $300, and the last I checked the tune up was about the same.

  2. I know it's frustrating that you had to use your savings, but at least you had the savings to use! That's something in today's economy, and something to be proud of.

    I had to wipe out my emergency fund for attorney's fees last month, but I'm glad I had it. And now, I'm just plugging away at funding it again.

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  4. Dawn, that's a good way to do it too. As part of my budget I'm going to make a car repair/care column where that money goes into my savings/emergency fund. I'll keep a running tally of how much is in there versus how much I've used. This way next year I'll be able to better budget it. I want to include things like car washes (I live in an apartment so I can't do it myself), oil changes, general maintenance, gas, and all other repairs. My car is 7 years old and it will need more in the coming years but it will still be cheaper if I keep it up and than buying even another used vehicle.

    oceankarma, that's true and also something that has really never happened to me. I should be proud :)