Over the weekend, I gave my trusty car some much needed loving. It has been creaking and groaning for some time now, and I only recently had enough money to attend to it.
Now, after P18,000 (ouch!) worth of repairs, it practically drives like the day it came out of the store 10 years ago. The total damage was P3,000 over my budget, but it was well worth it.
Engine support – P5,200 (a replacement 2 years overdue)
Tie-rod ends – P3,300 (the wiggle was scary already)
Other underchassis stuff – P1,000
New tire – P2,800 (the one I replaced was in danger of blowing up anytime already)
Brake light bulb – P150 (it has been blind for several months now)
New tint – P2,800 (it still had the much-faded original tint on)
Steering wheel cover – P250 (leather was breaking apart)
Wiper blades – P500 (needed new ones in time for the rainy season)
Labor – P2,000
Pure and safe driving pleasure: Priceless =)
Over the next couple of months, I still have about P10,000 worth of car-related expenses (tune-up, change oil, registration, etc), but the car is a necessity to me and my family. It’s a worthwhile expense for me.