Ha. Ha. Ha.
I get a call Monday at around lunchtime and the friendly folks tell me my car needs a new transmission to the tune of $3,100. I'm not going to joke here folks, I started bawling. I had NO idea what to do. Then I quickly wised up and started calling people who are way smarter than me. One person started calling around trying to find me a better deal. Another quickly offered abundant support, saying "Well, I don't know what to do or what to tell you, but but I sure can support you emotionally!" I was given really, really good advice over a couple days.
This week was topsy-turvy. Take out a car loan and fix the transmission? Sell it for what I can (with an out transmission) and work on getting a new car? And back & forth, and back & forth, and back at forth. I sent this email to my friend Julie because this was my case for about 2 days:
Finally, I committed to a decision: Sell the thing for what I can and buy a new car. Done and done. Brooke had picked me up from work and I was telling her why this was the good plan, blah blah blah when my phone rang. It was someone who I had called for a quote at the beginning of the week and hadn't heard back from. He tells me a price less than HALF for what I'd been hearing. Saywhat? Don't you know I JUST made the decision?! What?? We talk, and I hang up the phone. I'm pretty sure Brookie who could hear all of the conversation was smirking.
Right back to the drawing board, but with a better option on the table. Call my peoples (who I can't thank the Lord enough for) and get their input, which lines up with what I was thinking when I heard about this: fix the car, get it running, drive it for a couple months, then sell it and move forward with a new car. Yes, I could (obvi) keep my fixed and (well) running car, but I think it's time to change wheels (and I can sell it for more the fewer miles it has on it).
My car's at the doctor now, and I'm borrowing a friends car for the weekend. That's all I know. I don't know when it's going to be fixed, but I do know a ball is (finally) rolling instead of just sitting idle on the court. I do know this:
- I am so, so, so, so, so, SO THANKFUL for the people in my life. I have never felt alone, and I have been more than well advised and taken care of.
- I have learned some new things.
- I trust the Lord even more than I did last week.
Thank You, Lord.
Here's to part 2 (and probably part 3, good gracious...car buying...I'm hoping to wrap that up FAST because I can over-think something to death).