Tuesday, March 17, 2009

the car has access to our bank account

Along with the exciting event of signing up for massage school, something else happened this past weekend. My husband and I were driving to the mall when we started hearing this odd noise coming from under the car. We had no idea what it was, and still don't, but it caused us to pull the car over and check it out. For a couple weeks our brakes have been squeaking but we kept putting off getting them checked out. Well, my husband pulled off the hubcap looking to see what caused this odd noise and also saw how dangerously low the brake pads were.

Seeing how bad they were made us take the car into a shop right away that day. Turned out all our brake pads and rotors had to be replaced. Can you say $907 bill? Haha.

However my reaction and viewpoint on the situation wasn't "Oh my god, this bill totally sucks! Eff those mechanics/my car!" (By the way, our used car is 11 years old with probably nothing having been replaced on it.) How I saw it was "Thank goodness this happened now when we just got our tax return back, and have a surplus of money." Do you know how many people are out there that simply wouldn't be able to get their car fixed with a bill that high?

My husband was a bit upset at first because he thought it might ruin how happy I was Saturday (from enrolling in school). But I explained how I viewed the situation and was just grateful; that made him feel much better and he was quite thankful too.

This is also the first month that we don't have any credit cards sucking hundreds of dollars from us, hence the extra money. Funny thing is our car has a tendency of speaking up about getting fixed when we actually have extra money to do it. Thank you, little green car!

PS- That odd noise that made up pull over in the first place stopped once we actually pulled over and hasn't returned since.

Edit for Friday:
Check out Melissa's post at The Inspired Room to see links to other people's posts about their inspired week, and share yours too if you want :)


Lea said...

Amazing, your car talks to you! :) It's truly a blessing that your attention was drawn to an immediate problem. We don't want to think what could have happened if it had not been taken care of.

Continued love & blessings

LoveLightPeace said...

Thanks and right back at you :)

Yes, I would MUCH rather pay for brakes than have any serious accidents occur. I think our car would prefer that too :)

Songbirdtiff said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It sounds like you've been very fortunate that you haven't had any major car repairs, but that doesn't make it any easier to pay for. Good for you for not using credit. We are a credit free family, and will NEVER go back to our debt-incurring way of life. (after we get it all paid off, that is!)

Thank you for your sweet comments. It's funny that you mentioned that people have told you "you'll change your minds". We have heard that so many times, too. They were wrong. I guess they have figured out that we aren't changing our minds, with me being nearly 29. We no longer hear those comments, lol.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!