OK, hate may be a harsh word, but I loathe it. It’s one of those necessities that I see as a pain in my side.
Let me explain. We only have one vehicle, so it is very important that we keep up with the maintenance of it. It’s also a used vehicle, so that increases the importance even more. Since I’m the one that stays home, the responsibility falls on me most of the time, unless it’s a big job that requires Hubby to take deeper look and find outside help who can qualify to fix it.
It’s a pain in my side because every month there seems to be something. Since we use the car so much, there’s always an expense towards it. As every frugalite should do, we run our used car to the ground. Constant oil changes, new brakes, and tires are needed all the time. We even have to replace the battery this fiscal year. I do tend to think, “why not just get a brand new car and not have to deal with this crap?” If every month there is going to be something that we have to fix or update or replace, then why not just put that money into a car payment? But then I remember, brand new cars become “used” ones as soon as you pull off the lot. New cars will eventually need new brakes, tires and oil changes. if I want that “new car smell” I can buy it at the auto parts store for 2 bucks. So, I re-group, realize that you have to make do with what you have, and move on. I still hate car maintenance, though.
Now that I’ve said all that, I’m off to get yet ANOTHER oil change.