Labour intensive

I drive around in a 1995 Mazda Millennia. It’s my girlfriend’s car and she’s had it for a while. During the last few months, we’ve been experiencing some problems with the car. I want to buy a new car but I can’t afford it right now. I could get the car fix but it doesn’t seem like I could afford that either. So, either I scrap the car and get a new one or I cough up the money and get this car repaired. I don’t think it’ll be worth it to fix it up.

I wanted to buy but I don’t want to get a used car. Everyone is saying that it’s better if I get a used car since it’ll be my first car but I don’t like that idea. I’ve been driving around enough that I have the experience I need to drive. It’s not that hard to steer a car. My experience with a used car hasn’t been a good one since they car keeps break down. The cost of fixing the car is more than the car itself. It’s because of that reason, I don’t to fix the car. Maybe I could get a better price elsewhere but the difference isn’t going to be that much.

For the Millennia, there are four things that require my attention. The right tie rod has a bit of play so that needs replacing. The CV boot has ripped and needs to be replaced. And both control arms needs to be replaced. I went in to get one part looked after but left with four things. I don’t have the time or money to get anything done. I was hoping that they replace the one item today but nothing was done.

Here’s a breakdown for the pricing:

Parts Cost
Both arms lateral assembly $292.00
Right tie rod $87.41
CV boot $30.18
Alignment $80.00
Labour $296.00
Subtotal $785.59
GST $47.14
PST $62.85
Total $895.58

It’ll cost me about $900 to get the car fix and I don’t think that’s worth it. I’d prefer to save that $900 and put it towards a new car. Unless I can find another shop that will do this job for a cheaper price, I don’t have any plans on going through with the repairs. But the thing is, I’m not sure if it’s worth it to fix the car. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff wrong with it already. For example, the engine is starting to die. It’s burning oil which leads me to believe that one of the cylinders is leaking. The car is probably running on three cylinders. Some times when I step on the gas, the car takes a couple of seconds to respond.

I’m not in any position to be buying a new used car. If I want to get another car, I’ll have to save up for it. Financing a car can get pretty expensive and it’ll use up funds that I don’t have right now. If I do decide to get a new car, I would like to buy one that is reliable and will last me a long time. I don’t know when I’ll have enough for a new car but I would like to get one soon.

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