Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I've Got The No Go Car Blues

The day started out nicely enough.

Scratch that. The kiddos were whiny this morning, but I got them out the door and on their way to school with mom and I headed back inside for a few more hours of sleep. Minutes into Part Two of my slumber, I got a call from my wife that something was left behind and could I bring it by. Sure thing. I can always sleep later. Upon leaving the apartment, I decide to kill two birds with one stone and drop my dog off at the vet first.

Dog is dropped off, pleasant conversation exchanged with lady at reception desk, and I am on my way out the door to bring forgotten item to my wife.

Car won't start. F*#k.

It's probably the alternator. I can get a deal on a good one at DW Honda. Just shy of $200 plus towing and labor. I took a cab back home and will go in to work late today when my wife gets home.

The plan: Wait for her to get home, jump it, and limp it back to the apartment, and take her van to work tonight? Go ahead and tow it to DW now? Decision time awaits.

So, I'll be late for work today, and maybe tomorrow. My doctor's appointment is Friday at 3:00. I may have to reschedule and hope for no more headaches for a while. Better stock up on Excedrin tonight.

Also bouncing around my brain: I own two Hondas. They are otherwise good cars but with a lot of miles on them.
  1. The Accord wagon that wouldn't start today.
  2. A Civic that I love but haven't started since I bought the Accord. (It sits at my mom's house and I have neglected the poor thing.)
At this point, I really wonder if I could get a brand new scooter (Vespa maybe?) by trading both cars. I could handle some small payments especially with that famously good gas mileage. I could stand the chilly drives in this moderate Nashville winter and I rarely take the interstate anyway. My daily commute is only about six miles and the speed limit is 45 mph at the highest. My needs are not much. I just want dependability at a good price. Value.

[Edit: I just looked around the web for some typical prices. Even pre-owned seems to be a bit pricey for me. Back to fixing what I've got.]

I think I'll waste a dollar on a lottery ticket tonight...just in case.


Lynnster said...

I feel your pain, man. The 2006 holidays will forever be clouded for me by my dual car death probs. Hope you have better luck with all this crap soon...

CHEZ BEZ said...

Thanks. It sure ain't fun. I keep perspective, but perspective doesn't help me get to work and back each day.


Lynnster said...

How far's your commute to work, anyway?

CHEZ BEZ said...

It's beautiful. A bit much for walking, but so much shorter than I used to drive before I moved.

Six miles to work (used to be 30). So it now takes me a week to drive as many miles as I used to drive a day.

In a much more perfect world, I wouldn't need a car at all. 'Til then, I'll keep spinning those wheels. ;)

Jeffraham Prestonian said...

Dude, call A-1 Funcycles. They're a block or two north of LP Field.


New Chinese scooters, 150cc = $1300.

Then, $89 for the tags, and $12 for the "M" endorsement on your license.

Retired Metro cop told me not to bother insuring it.

CHEZ BEZ said...


I just may do that. How'd your recent maintenance issue go? All resolved and happy?

Leesa said...

My car used to do this to me when I lived in MI. Middle of winter and my car would die.
I remember one time my windows rolled down on their own, froze that way, and it had snowed several inches that night.
Yeah.. it was fun :)

Muffy said...

times like these I wish public transport in this city were more efficient.

Honda makes some really comparable (to smaller engine Vespas) scooters that are way more affordable! You just can't take them on the interstate.