Ask the Readers
Usually, I have a lot to write about. But today? Today there's only one thing I can write about, because this thing is driving me crazy.
Dave and I are responsible with our cars. We take good care of them, do all of the maintenance they need, etc. One of our cars, though, is having problems. Now, I know that car problems happen no matter what you do. I know that pieces of the car get older and need to be replaced. However, we spent over $700 on this car last week and it's still not working. Today, we took it to a different mechanic (recommended by a friend) who tried some things but couldn't get it to work right. He recommended us to a Honda specialist, who will look at the car on Thursday.
At this point, I'm worried. If the easy things don't fix it, it's probably going to cost a lot to fix it. What if they can't find the problem? What if we bought a car that's a lemon?
All of this got me to wondering: what are the best ways to save money on car repairs (short of "knowing people" or doing it yourself)? Does anyone have anything in particular that they would recommend Dave and I do or say to avoid spending all of our tax return on the car? I would really appreciate any input and I think other readers would, too! (I've already thought of showing up with puppy-dog eyes, a couple of tears trailing down my face, wearing a string bikini, so that one's taken!)