Posted on June 15, 2017
Suppose I should post an update here. First off, to everyone who's donated so far, thank you so much. At $620, I'm farther along than I thought I'd be. As for where things are sitting with the car situation, here's the details.
I took my van in to have it looked at recently and the official diagnosis is that it does indeed need transmission work. I took it to a transmission specialist and the guy told me that I had two choices. The first was have them work on it, where they’d take it apart, fix it up as best they could, and basically hope for the best. There's only so much they can do in house. That’s the cheap option. The second choice is they send my transmission out to be refabricated and it gets parts replaced and remachined back to factory specs. He also noted that I should do that if I want to keep the car for the next 3 to 5 years. On top of that, my battery contacts are extremely corroded and probably need to be replaced. So, along with all the other repairs and maintenance it needs, I’m looking at somewhere between $4-5000. And that’s provided they don’t get in there and find anything else majorly wrong. I know I've got some rust build ups in spots too and I have no idea if my windshield wiper issue would require a full replacement or not (they don't work properly, dangerous when raining heavy).
What does that mean for the fundraiser? I don’t know. I’m honestly leaning heavily towards something newer still. I’ve already had to put a new engine in this thing once already and we had no idea on the mileage of said engine. I’m not hopeful that sinking thousands of dollars into it will keep it going until I can afford an actual car payment. That said, either way, I still need to raise thousands of dollars for medical stuff as well, so I guess we’ll just see where I can get to.
As for the target car, I've been looking at a 2015 Ford Transit Connect that's under 30,000 miles and seems to be in great shape. All the homework I've done says the car is a great deal as is and the price has come down since I found it back in March. It's been with the dealer for almost a full year, and that seems like it would give me a bit of leverage in negotiating on price. I may talk to them and get some details. Maybe test drive it, make sure I can even fit comfortably.
Thank you again to everyone's who's donated. You are amazing.