Cars. We all know them. Most of us have them. Some of us have really old ones that we are trying to make last another five to ten years. I am one of those people trying to make my car last a much longer time than it should. It’s a responsibility I miss not having. Cars are expensive and a lot of work all. It’s more work than I want but you have to have a car to work and you have to work to keep a car.
So I have an old car. It’s a 1999 Acura. I was super proud when I got it. I thought I was rolling like a big shot. Then I was burning through gas like a monster truck. And the car smelled like gas. Two mechanics looked at it and said: “it’s just an old car”. I just let it go. I moved into the campus housing and left my car in the parking lot for three days. I had a full tank when the car was parked. Three days later I walk out to go to my car to get to work and I was almost on empty. That was the learning moment that I had a leak somewhere. So I took it to a new mechanic and they looked at it. My gas tank was rusted out.
A few days later, I get may car back with a new gas tank. I pay $600 and think that the worst is over. Once or twice a year I have to pump approximately $600 into my car’s maintenance.
In the last two months I have been missing the days before my license because I have had three flat tires. Three flat tires in two months. It’s been wonderful. The first one happened at six in the morning because I hit a pot hole trying to avoid gaining into a ditch or hitting another car. My first flat tire was the end of February. Then last Tuesday I blew the same tire on the same pothole. And finally yesterday I was getting ready for work and my car sounded weird. So, I park in a campus lot and I had a flat tire.
Owning a car has taught me a lot.
1) Cars are expensive
2) Back roads are terrible
3)ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE AND THE EQUIPMENT TO CHANGE THE TIRE
At some point I’m going to learn that I need to buy a spare. I’ll eventually buy when I decide to stop busting my tires.
But, shout out to my mom for rescuing me two out three times while I was stranded because I needed a new tire!