Thursday, June 18, 2009

My $665 car repair

Today I took my car to the local auto repair shop, because the brakes were making a weird sound and the steering wheel would shake whenever I tried to stop the car or even just slow down. It turned out that all four rotors needed to be replaced along with the brake shoes and pads. With parts and labor it came to $665...Ouch. Luckily, my husband and I have some savings, so we could afford a car repair, but it still hurts.
Last October we started saving to go on an awesome family vacation to Disney world this October. Our goal is to save $3000 and so far we have $2500. This vacation fund is separate from our long term savings, so only "extra" money can go in there. I was hoping that this month we could get the rest of the way there, but I guess it will have to wait...Especially since the car needs a tune up and the roof on my house needs to be replaced! These things always seem to happen all at once, don't they?


The Frugal Engineer said...

Yes, they do! I'm glad to hear you could afford the car repair. Isn't it nice to be able to pay cash for something instead of putting it on a credit card and hoping for a miracle?


By the way, I spent the week of Thanksgiving at Disney World in Florida my senior year of high school (band trip), and it was AWESOME. Practically no lines, and we had Thanksgiving Dinner at the House of Blues. Just a thought if you end up needing the extra month (October to November) or vacation time that Thanksgiving week brings.

Frugal Liz said...

My husband can only take leave in October (he's in the military), but to be honest, I'd rather go in November because it wouldn't be so hot!