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Car and Other Updates

August 3rd, 2019 at 11:52 am

Well, the mechanic replaced the fuel filter and the spark plugs. Cost me $290.xx which I thought was very reasonable. I found this mechanic on Google and just went based off the reviews - a small local business. The people were friendly and wonderful too. So, hopefully this will be my regular place.

Anyway - the car runs better now. It goes up inclines fine and does not have as much trouble speeding up after stopping. There still is a slight lag, but nowhere near what it was before. I hope this will make the car last another 6 months or so. My plan is to purchase a new car then. This is a really old 1994 Honda Accord. 275,000 miles on it. I don't take it out of town usually. I had been thinking of replacing my car anyway. It's about time I did so. I have a hard time with change. And, since I know so little about cars, I feel like I am particularly gullible and will end up buying a lemon. I will ask some friends to go car shop with me.

Paid off the cruise balance from budget savings. So, I didn't have to dip intro my travel fund for that. Yay! Not so with the ticket to Florida where we embark on the cruise. It cost me $692.xx. GRR!!!

Harvested my very first tomato of the year. The variety is "Genuwine" and it is very pretty. The plant is laden with tomatoes, so I will have plenty more soon. And some of my red plum tomatoes and yellow cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen as well. As is my orange bell pepper.

I can't wait for the end of the year when I will be done with my consumer debt altogether.

5 Responses to “Car and Other Updates”

  1. Wink Says:

    That's great news about your car! 275k miles...that's impressive!

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I also recently bought a car. While saving up money to buy it, I searched and searched for good places to buy cars. I finally settled on looking for something with no more than 110,000 because after that point, you typically have to start replacing things like the engine, transmission, etc. I also got it inspected by my mechanic and purchased a carfax report. I am happy to report that I am very happy with my car purchase and that I have had no real problems with it.

  3. Jenn Says:

    I just bought a car as well - a 2010 Honda Fit. I used Carmax for the first time and had a good experience. The pricing is probably less competitive with private owners but the car is under their complete warranty for 4000 miles.

  4. fireandi Says:

    Wink - yes, it's quite impressive. I have seen reports of Hondas getting 350K+ miles. :-)
    Thanks so much for the advice. I will follow this. I agree with crazyliblady - if I stick with something with low miles, I am likely to get a better car. Also, I will definitely check out Carmax - thanks, Jenn.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Glad your car is repaired and you are on the move again.

    Enjoy that tomato! Isn't having a garden wonderful?

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