For several months now my car has been having some issues. The tachometer needle would bounce up and down while my headlights would dim and brighten when I was driving 15 mph or less, and my engine would occasionally stop when my car came to a stop. I knew I needed maintainance, but I put it off. I was able to figure out little tricks to keep the engine running.
After another episode of engine stalling this past Sunday, I finally took it to my mechanic.
The engine problem was fixable, and during their pre-check of the car, they discovered other issues with my struts and shocks that needed work.
Even though my car is 7 years old, if I can keep it running for a good long time I am willing to do whatever is needed to get it back to “perfect,” or as close to it as possible.
I gave the mechanic the “go-ahead” to take care of all the problems, knowing that the quote he gave me would take a good chunk of money.
The hard part was realizing that if I didn’t want to pay a huge amount of interest on a credit card to pay for it, I’d have to dip into my savings (which, of course, is what savings is for). But the savings account that had the most amount of money in it was my surrogate savings, the reimbursements I’ve been receiving for the surrogacy process. I’d hoped to save that all for an eventual down payment on a house, but as owning a house is not in my near future, not even on the horizon, I made the hard decision to spend it and put the remainder of the balance on my credit card.
It was so hard to see that money go away, but I’m not in a position to be purchasing a new (or even used) car, and while the shocks and struts work could be put off, I’d rather not have to keep buying new tires for my car every year or so, either.
So I made the “adult” decision. I think it was the right decision. But it was still hard.