Just the other day I was moaning and groaning about how tight things are going to be – money wise – for a little while. I should just keep my mouth shut.
On Wednesday our car started fogging up. Our new one. The Jeep we bought this summer. It never has this problem. That evening the “COOLANT IS LOW” beep started (soooo annoying) so I got it topped off and went on my way. Then yesterday it started beeping again. So I decided I should take it some where and get the system pressure tested to find the leak.
As I pulled into the parking steam started coming out of all my vents.
Let me tell you. That is not supposed to happen.
So I parked, walked into the little office, and told the lady at the front desk what was going on. She said “Sounds like the heater core.” Of course, this place is by appointment only. A friend had recommended the place, but when I called about an estimate they didn’t tell me I needed an appointment. Meh. My car was in no state to go anywhere any way. THERE WAS STEAM COMING OUT OF MY VENTS!
The lady told me they could look at it Monday. Like I had a choice. lol. She was very nice though. And very helpful. She said they could do the diagnostic at 2:oo, but couldn’t work on it until Monday. Okay. She also told me that if it was in fact the heater core that it’s a rather big job. Requires removing the dash board and the steering wheel and moving the engine. It could be upwards of 10 hours of labor at $82.50 a pop. That’s $852 plus parts and whatever else.
My mom came and picked me up. We ran some errands and then she took me to costco. I needed to buy toilet paper. Then we did a bit of shopping (she shopped, I just gave moral support) but I was probably the worst shopping buddy ever.
“Yeah, that’s cute!”
2 seconds later
“I dooon’t have a thousand dollars!” *cry*
And it went back and forth for the next few hours. I’m sure I was miserable company. But my Mommy loves me.
The car place called. Said it was the heater core. But that with everything it was going to cost $600. That’s not quite $1000. I can handle that. Right? RIGHT?! I convinced myself I can.
By the way – through the whole thing my hubby’s phone was on silent. Boo.
My mom lent us a car while that one is getting fixed (the license plates on my civic expired and I haven’t been able to get the testing done on it that is required before you can get VA plates). She also offered to help us pay for part of the repairs. And she bought me lunch. And she listened to me whine and cry all day. That last one probably deserves a medal.
By the end of the day I was emotionally spent. It sucks that our car is having issues and is getting expensive, but I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for my family. I had been a little worried about living in this area. Worried I might not like living so close to relatives – but then I am smacked with the humble stick because I know that when things get rough they will be the first people to step up and help. Despite still needing to pay to get the car fixed I am left feeling incredibly thankful and completely loved.
Yesterday was a hard, long day. But it was also a beautiful day.