Well, vehicle shopping happens today. Something, or a number of somethings, is desperately wrong with the van. It is grinding horribly (not an engine noise) and, when making turns, squeals like a banshee (not a belt). I’ve driven quite a few beaters in my life and am not quick to be nervous about driving a car needing something done to it, but the van terrifies me. I keep waiting for it to just fall apart going around a corner or as I’m driving down the road. Not good.
Part of me wants to go rent a car to go looking at vehicles, but that would take out of the funding for the new vehicle. I wish it were as simple as just going to a dealership, but that is not where I am at financially, at the moment. I’ll get there, and what a glorious day that will be.
So, its Craigslist, again. I really wish there was another place to look for a vehicle because Craigslist hasn’t been too successful for vehicle finding over the past year. This will be the third car purchased in a year’s time. That’s just ridiculous to me. What a waste of funding.
I’m keeping the options pretty wide open as far as types of vehicles I’m willing to look into further. There are certain models I have experience with, or have known people who have had experience with, that are automatically eliminated from the selections. Gas mileage is still a factor, though not as rigid as it has been in the past. Of course, the vehicle has to be able to fit my cleaning supplies in it. I’m also looking at the mileage of the vehicle, hoping to keep it under 200,000 miles. Also trying to find one that is under 20 years old, preferably under 15 years old. I’m also limited in the distance to the vehicle because I am not driving the suicide van very far.
This all has me very stressed out. I’ll be making payments out of each check to pay off the loan. Thankfully, it is not a bank loan but one through the guy I’m working with. No interest. Things haven’t really picked up yet with cleaning so I’ll be scrambling to make ends meet, again. I hate that but I’m in a bit of a bind. No vehicle, no work. I may need to look into a second job for a bit.
Well, I should start combing Craigslist, now. Wish me luck that I find a vehicle today!! And that I remember to keep breathing.