Monday, August 3, 2009

The Six Million Dollar Car…

Well, okay, not really six million dollars, but it is sure better than it used to be. Hubby drives a 2000 Honda Accord that we bought used in 2004. It was in perfect condition when we bought it and remains in perfect condition. At least it looks perfect.

Last week, Hubby said he thought his brakes were making a noise, so we made an appointment at Brake Check for Sunday (yesterday). For those of you that have Brake Check near you, you can book an appointment on line and get a discount on the work. The discount is on the labor, but every bit helps. We booked 4 days in advance which gets 20% off on the brakes and 15% off on anything else that you schedule. Since we did not know anything else might be wrong, we just booked for the brakes.

I was ready for it to cost a fortune, as we have never had any major work done on the Accord, just routine maintenance stuff. We dropped the car off at our appointed time, then I dropped Hubby at home and headed to the grocery store. 30 minutes after we dropped it off, I got the call….We needed new rotors, new pads, the rear drums resurfaced (I think that is what they did…I don’t have the receipt in front of me.) and the brakes bled. I was expecting it to cost a LOT and was pleasantly surprised when all that needed to be done would only cost around $550. (Oh, and that included an oil change that we asked for when we dropped it off.)

I was pleased at the low amount and told them if they had time to check it over and found anything else to let me know, since we had never had any work done on the car. Wrong thing to say. LOL! They called back a little while later and said we needed new struts. I was NOT surprised, as they were the original struts and had 90,000 miles on those babies. I got the price and approved replacement. I also told them to go ahead and clean the fuel injection system as that had not been done in a few years. Oh, yeah and a front end alignment.

We ended up spending $1400 for everything. (They also installed wiper blades, a new air filter and balanced the tires at no charge.) Normally, you only get the discount on the services you schedule on line, but we have been going to them for years, so the manager gave us the discount on everything.

So, for $1400 Hubby got a like new car that he already knew that he loved. LOL! He said he could tell the difference, which made me happy. I hate spending a ton of money for work to a car, then you can’t tell any difference! Well, I hate spending a ton of money for work on a car anyway, but it is better than making car payments!

17 comments:

Pam said...

If it is still in great shape, I say that it's wonderful that you got all the work done for $1400.
I hate to spend money on routine stuuf, but it is cheaper in the long run.

Frances said...

Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

I think we got a great bargain on the work done. I didn't comparison shop this time, but have many times in the past, and this shop always does the work for the best price. And almost all of the work has a lifetime warranty on it. Yeah!

SonyaAnn said...

I was worried through the whole story for you. But it wasn't as bad as it could have been. And I'm with Pam , that is cheaper in the long run. And as I was reading, I kept thinking, "Well, it's cheaper than a payment." Great minds think alike.

Frances said...

Thanks for stopping by, SonyaAnn. (As if you could stay away! LOL!)

I am not complaining about the cost at all! I was expecting it to be much more.

Helene said...

I took my car in for an oil change and ended up having to spend 75 more on labor and part for the hood latch he said broke. HE broke it on a 2004 car not me. Ugh

Frances said...

Oh, Helene! You should not have had to pay that!

I once had an oil change and when I got home smelled oil, so opened the hood and the dummies had left off the oil cap, so oil blew all over my engine. I drove it right back and insisted they not only put in the equivalent of oil that blew out, but that they pressure wash the engine...at no cost to.

They did. :-D

Frances said...

Oops...that was "at no cost to me."

A.Marie said...

I'd say that you did very well with the car, Frances. $1,400 for all that they fixed was quite reasonable! I wish they were around here! :)

Frances said...

Hi, A.Marie! I thought we got a good deal for our money, too. Bob was a little shocked when I told him the amount, but he felt better whne he saw all that they did.

And he felt really better when he drove home. LOL!

Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas said...

Seems like a great deal to me. Fixing up cars is quite expensive but purchasing a new or new-to-you used car is way more expensive! Plus, it's nice when people get a lot of miles and use out of their cars, etc. rather then just changing them out frequently.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Great deal!! I still have another year of car payments and I'm keeping it up so it will LAST!!! Seems like Japan makes better cars and that makes me sad.

Annie Jones said...

You're right...it's better than a car payment. Although I'm with Pam...I do hate it when we have to spend money on our vehicles.

Frances said...

Hi, Jules, Queenie Jeannie and Annie! Thanks for coming to see me!

I would much rather spend some money on maintenance than have another car payment. Though we DO have a car payment for my new-to-me CRV that we bought last December.

It was a deal too good to pass up and I love it as much as I loved the 12-year-old Honda Passport that we traded in for it. I drove that car 11 years and plan to drive my CRV at least that long.

I don't understand people that trade in for newer every year or two. You would always have a car payment! Ugh!

SonyaAnn said...

Tag!

Frances said...

LOL!

SonyaAnn said...

Stopped over to see if you had posted the recipe. No rush! Just let me know when you get to it.

Frances said...

Not yet, SonyaAnn, but I will!