Originally Posted by SFS
If you have a job, the car is important to get to work. I don't know if this is still true, but years ago Firestone car repair centers had credit cards. Could you put the car repair on a card? Store-specific cards like Macys, Penneys, Firestone etc. are often easier to get than Visa cards.
On the other hand, if you have a reasonable public transportation system to get to work, maybe you can do without the car for a bit.
Third option might be to barter for the repair. Sailboat rides are worth something.
I'm taking the car into the dealership tomorrow morning. The transmission
is failing, but I have a 100,000 mile warranty on the gear
box in it (80k on my ODO so far). I'm hoping that the warranty will cover the issue, but if not I will be doing some research
on tranny experts in the area and I'll definitely look into that credit card option. Otherwise, I'll have to trade
it in and use that cash to buy a new (used) car.
As for the boat, I simply didn't know what to look for and was foolish not to do my research
. It wasn't until I lived on it for a day that I realized that it's infested with spiders, the glass in the ports
falls out if I tap it, it's absolutely filthy (this I've taken care of so far), it's filled with junk and there are small holes (drilled) in the hull
that need patching before the rainy season hits soon. These things are on top of the issues I was aware of, such as a new electrical
panel needing to be installed (all parts
included with the buy) and a motor
that doesn't run. I figured I could live on it without the electrical
, and it would give me a place to sleep and cook to save money
. Unfortunately, as I see it, the boat isn't habitable.
So, I am working out some ideas to fix these issues. First, however, I'm going to speak to the previous owner and see if we can work something out, because he's a friend of mine. If I'm stuck with the boat, I will place it on Craigslist. Then I'll start sealing the windows, patching the holes, try to dwindle those spiders and start working on the electrical panel assembly. I have another friend who offered to help me with the motor; looks like the manifold just needs a cleaning
I am also looking for a job in the area where I can recoop my losses and stay afloat while I work this out. All a part of the adventure! Being 27 and on my own for the first time, I guess it was only a matter of time before I made a whopper of a mistake. Certainly learning
a lot from it.