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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Story behind the van

Over the past month I haven't hinted about my transportation problems. I had a purple/burgundy 1999 (or was it a '98 {BLUSH}) Dodge Caravan that had about 208,000 miles on it. As with any older van it needed some work and attention. Over the past year or so I've had to put a quite a bit of money into it. Each September I have to get an emissions test in order to renew my registration. Well, at the beginning of September this year I went to get the emissions test and it didn't pass. The reading said that among the FOUR things that were wrong, there was something going on with the engine. One of the pistons wasn't firing correctly.

The cost of a repair like that? No one would know for sure until they started the work and took the engine apart. A rough estimate? More than $2,000. I only paid $3,000 for it at an auction about five years ago so that was definitely not worth it. Especially since that was only one of the repairs and there was no way to know if it would be way more than $2,000.

(I got a little impatient trying to find a picture of the other van, but you can see it okay here.)

Since, as you may have guessed, I don't have any money just laying around to get a new vehicle I figured I would be without one for awhile. I tried not to drive on the highway too much because there was no way to know if or when the engine would just give out. My mother, who lives in Maryland, didn't like the idea of my being without a vehicle with the four children anymore than I did. I knew I had no option, but to deal with it, but she and my step dad decided to contribute some money toward the purchase of another vehicle.

I called the same dealer who had gotten me (Well, "us" at the time) the last one and he gave me an idea of how much money I would need. So, I went ahead and gave him the old van to sell back at the auction so the money could be added to what my parents gave me since I had no cash to contribute.

It took three weeks before everything was finalized. (The flooding here about a week or two ago put a little kink in the works.) I am so happy to have transportation again as it was very difficult to get anything done and even get my middle daughter to school. I guess I won't get into the fact of how little resources I have here.

Here's the new van. A 2003 Chrysler Town and Country. I really like it. It needs a few things done (radio/CD replaced, visor and map lights fixed, etc.), but they're small things that I am not going to complain about. It's so good to be able to come and go as well as do for my children when I need and want to.

I really like the color of the van and the amenities. I'd like to order the key chain key thingy 'cause there aren't any locks on the passenger side, which I discovered when running from the store in the rain with the kids in a cart. LOL... It was the first day I had it and you should have seen the look on my face when I got to the van. "Hmmm..." I thought, "...guess I need to get a clicker." I chuckled with delight since it was just the beginning of getting to know my new "companion." :)

On the road again...
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