You know how people say things happen in threes? Well, it seems to be true with my not-so-pimpin’ Caddy these days. I love it to death, but sometimes it can really frustrate me. Is that what having kids is like? ;)
The wrath of the money guzzler:
1) I got a $40 speeding ticket. I know, not my car’s fault but I’m still blaming it! ;) Luckily it wasn’t a “real” speeding ticket though, in that one of those secret parked vans caught me on tape (literally, they sent me the pics!). Unluckily, however, it was in my own neighborhood which means I now get nervous every time I leave and come home. I guess my “under 15 miles over” theory doesn’t hold anymore…and that I also don’t listen to my own advice on breaking the law!
2) My registration renewal is now due ($128). Again, not any fault of my Caddy’s of course but it still sucks. Especially when you hear the next nonsense I’m about to spill…
3) We failed the emissions inspection! ($450+?). This one blows the most First, because it means I have to pay a mechanic to find out WHERE the problem is exactly, and second because I then have to pay for it to be FIXED! If it can even be fixed! (at almost 20 years old, my ride’s starting to near retirement) Luckily, however, once you hit $X amount in mechanic fees the great state of Maryland can sometimes (always?) grant you a waiver. That way you don’t dish out $2,000 for a car that’s barely even worth it! On the down side, that $X amount of money comes to $450 bucks…good thing we don’t have car payments!
So right now I pretty much hate owning a car ;) I wish I could say I don’t need one or that getting a new car would fix all of this, but the truth is there’s always going to be something. Which is yet another reason why keeping an emergency fund filled up is smart! Dipping into our $10k would be much less stressful than having to come up with it all on the fly. But we’ll see what happens.
For now, we’re just gonna brace for the worst and hope everything gets fixed and/or waived for no more than $450 (we’re still waiting on the results). I’ll keep ya posted! And I hope your cars are in much better shape than mine ;) This stuff is no fun…