Autolust…

Sometimes it stinks to be a grown up. There are so many responsibilities now. I have a hoppin’ 1998 Honda Civic EX with 132,000 miles on it. This car was my wife, Stephanie’s, graduation present from High School. It has been a great car and has never let us down, until recently.

It was a blistering hot day in July and I got into my little black beauty to go somewhere. When I started the car I turned the A/C up on high. The air was forcefully blowing out, but there was a problem. The air that was coming out was REALLY HOT! Now, I know that sometimes when a car has been sitting in the heat it takes a moment for the A/C to cool down. Fine. However, as I started driving, nothing changed. I was pretty mad…

Then not too long ago I was driving and the car started to show signs that the transmission wasn’t doing so well. Do I know for a fact that it is the transmission? No, but I do know that out of no where the car would jump up in RPMs and go “VROOM”. This happened for no apparent reason. So, either I have a problem with the transmission, or the pistons, or other thinga-ma-bobs.

So, here I sit. It will cost around $1,000 to fix the A/C and who knows how much for the transmission. The question I am sitting with right now is, “Do I pay the money to get the car fixed?” or “Do I sell the car, get the money I can out of it, and then save up for another used vehicle?” The answer is, “I don’t know.”

We strive to live a modest life, but we already have one car payment and a mortgage payment, and we really do not like to have debt. Therefore, it appears that I will drive my black beauty until she won’t dance any longer.

If any of you out in Cyberspace have a car that is reliable and has A/C and would be willing to sell it for CHEAP, then let me know…

It is funny. When I was a kid my fantasy car was a Lamborghini, but now my fantasy car is a car with A/C… My how age and circumstance changes us. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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