In a crisis torn, South American country, only little Ann's faith, her determination, and one young woman could help keep her dreams of escape alive.

A true story...
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My Car, My Duct Tape

It's not easy running and maintaining a car. After buying my current used car, I realised that I had been sold a complete dud. When everything started to fall apart I went back to the dealer, but he said he couldn't help. What did I expect, right? Two years on and I've fixed or replaced everything including the head gasket (which, of course, wasn't included in the insurance I bought from the dealer). The car, with its new hip replacement, now works well. The last thing left is to fix the electric window on the driver's side, to stop the window winding down whenever it has a mind to. This is where the duct tape comes in.

I don't feel the least bit embarrassed by my duct taped car because I've seen many bumpers, wind mirrors and even exhaust pipes being held up by the stuff. I recently came across a website from which you can get updated pricing for all manner of car repairs and parts. All you have to do is type in the make, model and year and you get pretty good pricing for parts and labour in your local area.  Maybe I should make use of such a service, but I think I want to sell and move on. Maybe a Kelly Blue Book is what I need.

I'm still deliberating this decision. After all, I've just got my old car working properly. The odds of buying another used car with a fresh set of its own problems are quite high, even if I just want something practical and medium cost. At least I know where I stand with my own car because every thing that could've gone wrong, has already done so.


Carmen Araneta said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Well, you should see some of the cars and trucks in our rural areas here in the Philippines. Not only do they use duct tapes, also wire, straw strings, ropes--anything that will hold together parts of their vehicles.

myletterstoemily said...

it's the old "go with the enemy you

sorry for all the frustrations!

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Carmen, that's funny. I'd love to see that!

MLTE I'm sure you're right. I have really considered that because of all the trouble I've had, but I need a bigger car now I think.

DoanLegacy said...

That sounds like the car I had in high school! I was afraid to use the brake for fear, it would die right there!

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about your car problems giving you mounting bills. I have an old Toyota and it's already 14 years but it is sturdy and we service it regularly. Looking into buying another Toyota.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Amanda that must have been so scary for you. I won't drive one that has an iffy break.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

KTSG, 14 years is a very long time to have a car. You must have had a really good one. I had a Rover 100 just like that. It was old but dependable.


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