We drive a 1996 Mercury Villager.
It has been a great car, but has been running on faith and tithing for the past several years.
The truth is, we destroy anything we touch. It's kind of like the Midas Touch, only more like the
Oscar the Grouch Touch.
It is scratched, worn out, beat up, rusty and cracked.
It makes a lot of crazy sounds--hums, squeals, squeaks and clunks.
I love this van.
Because it starts every time I turn the key.
Well, unless a kid leaves the lights on overnight.
This isn't to say we haven't had to work on the van because we certainly have had to, but it has still always started. Since Justin's graduation, it seems to have picked up the pace as far as noises and struggling to start. I think we maxed out our tithing credit limit.
So now we come to the major question in our house right now. What do we do with our money?
Do we fix up the old van knowing the transmission is also about ready to give up the ghost ($1500), the timing belt needs changing ($300-400) and the miles are getting up there at 210,000?
I just Blue Booked the car and it is only worth about $1500.
Or do we buy a new car
and get a stupid car payment?
It seems obvious when I write it all out like that, but the last thing I wanted to do when we graduated was immediately dig ourselves into more debt. Grrrrrr.
Who knows. With a little help from YouTube, I might just be able to fix that starter myself and keep it going for another 100,000 miles!
Methinks the optimistic me needs my realist husband right now.