My car has had troubles since Mar 19 when the check engine light came on and the temperature gauge stopped working.
It felt good to have a $1000 car repair fund in times like this. I paid $500 to have the brakes repaired and wheel bearings replaced on this 12-year old car, but it was cheaper than getting a new car.
However, after that job, the car started having trouble firing up and eventually started shutting off on me while driving. The check engine light is still on.
I prayed that the repairs this time wouldn't be more than $200 (even though I have up to $500 left in the repair fund). Well, I took it to one mechanic, then another for a 2nd opinion. The cost will be $135 to fix the thermostat.
If the repairs had been $500 or more, I would have taken more time to think about getting the car repaired. If the car is breaking down completely, it's time to get a new car sooner than I expected.
I hope God sends money for a new car early, or helps this car last one more year while I save up.