Monday, February 11, 2013

Car Troubles

Last week sometime (maybe the week before), my Check Engine Light went on in my Kia Optima. Last time this happened, it was expensive to fix. Okay, $100, which isn't that much in car terms, but when you see what I make, $100 is a LOT of money.

I know that I shouldn't leave the Check Engine Light on. I watch The Big Bang Theory.

Copyright CBS, Chuck Lorre

Around the time that the light went on, the temperature went down to Zero, and my heater broke. Only it didn't. It just took a really long time to activate, and when it did, there was some banging around under the hood. 

Add these issues to the ones that my car already has (broken visors-so mad about that!, a broken cigarette lighter outlet-also mad about that!, and for some reason, my windshield wiper sprayer doesn't work. Not AS mad about that, but still pretty ticked off.

Well, this morning, the temperature guage started freaking out and going mad while I was on my way to work. So I started freaking out and going mad, too. Took it extra slow in order to get TO work, and got the oil changed after work.

A laundry list of the things wrong:
  • Oil was slightly overdue for being changed
  • Gnarly looking air filter (there were plants and bugs in it. No WONDER I can't shake this cold, if I was breathing that crap in!)
  • EMPTY radiator and coolant overflow resevoir (Explains why my check engine light was on, and why my heater was acting weird)
  • Loose hoses that hooked up to something (they think it might've been radiator related)
  • Coolant leaks all over the engine. It's been recommended I have it checked out really soon. Luckily, I have an extended warranty on my car, and barring any broken hoses, this should be covered.
This past weekend, my parents and I went to Edwards Subaru Hyundai to see what's involved in getting a new car. The first car they showed me and the only one I test drove was a 2012 Kia Forte Hatchback with TONS of bells and whistles. This baby had BlueTooth, Satellite Radio, Remote Start (I really want that!), and only had 2200 miles on it. 

Granted, I really didn't want a Kia, so that was what was bothering me the most.

Then we got to financing. With what was left over on my car, my car payment was only $100 more than what I can afford to pay (and am paying) now. I said goodbye to the pretty Kia and came home. Guess I'll have to keep saving and see where I'm at next year. 

Goodbye, Kia. 

If anything, I now know what's involved in getting a new car when I still owe on my current, and I also know what kind of car I want to get (I'm loving bells and whistles, especially in this climate!).

Wasn't a terrible weekend, despite not being ideal. I came away from it educated, and that's probably one of the most important things to do in life.

Ciao, Readers!

  • Any tips for buying a car?
  • What do you look for when car shopping?
  • Any particular type you love best?


  1. That's a pretty long list of issues that I think could have been easily dealt with. If you don't want to take your car in for regular maintenance, there are some simple DIY tasks that can help so you can prevent those issues from becoming a huge deal that costs you a chunk of your paycheck. -Georgene @

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