Well folks, Caly’s mechanic friend kept his word and took a look at the mini van from top to bottom. He told me that the van is worth saving because Aerostar’s can go on forever but the transmissions go out. I asked him about just getting a used tranny from a junkyard, I found one for $275.00. Basically he said here’s the problem with those, 1. There’s no guarantee that used trannies from a junkyard will have less than 100k miles on them. 2. You might be able to replace your tranny with a junkyard part but how long will it be before you have to go out and get another one and pay more labor costs. 3. You could go and get another used vehicle but you may end up paying out more in repairs than just a transmission. His recommendation was to spend $1980.00 for a completely rebuilt transmission, get a tune-up at the same time and have my brakes fixed all at the same time. With labor and anything else that may come up, I’m looking at a guesstimate of $2,500.00 to cover anything else that needs to be replaced.
To be honest, if I had the money, I would just go ahead and get a better car so I don’t have to worry about a major break down somewhere that would leave me and the kids stranded in who knows where. When your vehicle is your home, you have to keep it in good shape.
I have been getting a lot of emails from generous folks asking where they could donate money to. To be honest, I have never felt comfortable “begging” for money but since I can’t seem to get a job (I’ve lost track of how many I’ve applied for), I decided to give in and create an account to take donations. I got the advice and link to the site from a good friend! Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://carey.chipin.com/carey-fuller
WordPress doesn’t allow widgets so I put the link on this post. I just need to get the mini van fixed since it’s pretty much the only life boat we have at the moment. I will continue to look for a job even if it doesn’t pay a living wage. I figure some money is better than none.
A very big thank you to everyone who shared their good thoughts with me and offers of help. You have no idea how welcome your encouragement has been!