My goodness, I suck. I mean, you know, not at everything, but definitely at choosing the wrong cars. To date I have had eight cars. I have been driving for twelve years. Out of those eight cars, seven were ten years or older. I have never been able to afford a relatively new car so I keep saving up and buying these absolute sheds that are fine when I get them, then, like the Jonah that I am, within a couple of months, things start to go horribly wrong with them, I end up plying thousands into them, probably enough to warrant getting a decent car, but you know how it is – you drop a couple hundred quid into a car and then you think it’d be a waste of money if you got a different one because you’d already put money into it, so you put more money into it to get more repairs done and it ends up being a viscous cycle that costs you a lot of money.
My most recent car is a cute little yellow Fiat 500. They’re quite popular these days and I looked into literally hundreds of reviews about them – parts are budget, tax is cheap/free, insurance is really really, ridiculously low, fuel costs next to nothing, etc. etc. Plus they don’t take up much space on your drive, so, bonus!
So, I took out a loan for £3750 and went to a garage that sold a little yellow sport edition Fiat 500 (2008) and I part ex’d my red Beetle (complete with huge golden Legend of Zelda Hyrule symbol decal across the bonnet) and I bought it. I got £300 for my Beetle, which had multitude of problems and was a 2000 edition, so it was pretty darn old.
The garage fixed a few niggly things here and there for free (naturally) and for a fair few months (around eight) I was trouble free and I thought I’d finally found the car that would have little to no problems and not taunt me with its very existence.
I did have issues with its size, to be fair. The car I had before my Beetle was a huge Honda HR-V that made me feel MASSIVE and really really safe. So going to the Fiat started to make me feel a little uneasy after a while, especially on the motorway.
So far I have had new bulbs, four new tyres, a full new exhaust and brand spanking new brake discs and all the jazz that comes with your regular MOT fails. I’ve spent a fair bit of money on repairs. So imagine my absolute devastation when my car suddenly starts overheating when we’re stuck in traffic one day and what did it boil down to? A coolant leak somewhere in the radiator which has now got so bad that I drive it to work (three miles) and by the time I get there, the coolant, which I filled to the max before I left, is empty. It also has a multitude of electrical faults and I’m just really losing my patience with the stupid thing.
None of this was a problem really transport-wise, because I live so close to work and can get a lift in with my boyfriend, however, we found out recently that our depot is moving to the other end of the district, across a lot of country roads (and uphill) and I am now one hundred percent certain that my little crappy car will definitely not get me to work every day. If I don’t have my car, I don’t have my job. Simple.
I want to sell it and get a car that’s only a couple of years old, on finance. Trouble is, I can’t sell it until I get the repairs done because obviously, I have to use the money I make from selling it, to instantly pay back the loan I took out to buy it.
So. This brings me to my next, extremely forward topic. They say up North, “shy bairns get nowt” so I’m just gonna put it out there and outright ask. I have set up a donation button on my Twitch page and will be placing a donation ticker in my stream tomorrow if any kind Samaritans feel like helping a very unlucky girl out with some financial aid that will go towards fixing my stupid car so I can get rid of it once and for all before it ends up killing me, since it basically a bloody deathtrap.
Any help is massively appreciated and I will send hugs. In fact, I’ll send hugs even if no one helps. Just cos I love hugging people.