Friday, June 29, 2012
When Tom bought Maddy's car, I was hopeful that it would work out because it would allow him to have no car payments and low car insurance for awhile until he could save some money up. But I had a bad feeling about it--I was much relieved when Bill offered to help Tom drive to Pensacola. I was worried that he would have car trouble and sure enough he did.
After only owning the Taurus 8 or 9 days--depending on how you count it--it gave up the ghost. Bill and Tom were on their third day of driving when the engine started making a lot of noise. They pulled off the highway to have it checked out. The diagnosis--rod knock. The fix-a whole new engine at the cost of $4000 and one week to repair. That was not going to work. Not enough time or money to do the repairs. So the mechanic recommended they go to the Chevy dealership in town. Same verdict and we can link you up with a saleswoman. So Tom settled on a 2007 Chevy Malibu.
I am so grateful that Bill was with Tom. That would have been difficult to navigate through on his own in Colorado. And he didn't qualify for a loan on his own so we had to co-sign for it. So the upside is that he has a new car--he just has a lot more cash going out for car payments and insurance--but that was going to happen eventually anyway.
Tom is now in Pensacola--having traveled across 12 states and over 2850 miles in five days of driving in two different cars. They even took a little time off to visit family in Denver, buy a car in Colorado and tour the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Oklahoma on the way. So glad they made it there safely.