As you can see from above, the “Service Engine Soon” light is still on, which prevents my car from passing emissions. If you are just joining us, read the first installment here.
In this annual on-going battle to make it legal to drive my car on the roads, I am once again needing to spend almost $1,000. Last year it was the O2 sensors ($850). The year before, it was some manifold replacement ($700). This year’s “issue”: the catalytic converter ($900).
Ok….I’ll be honest here. I’m no expert when it comes to knowing how a car works. I know some logistics, but I am not skilled in knowing how to fix cars. I do, however, make sure I keep them maintained with regular oil changes and the such. And it’s not like the car is a broken down piece-of-shit….. it works perfectly. I’ve never once had any major issues with it. It gets 28-35 mpg on a regular basis. But for some reason, a few weeks before I need to get it licensed each year, there is always something that prevents it from passing the emissions certification that the state of Utah requires before sending out new license plate tags.
So each year, I consider dumping the car and getting a different one. And the temptation this year is greater: I made my last payment on it in February. And as much as I need to take that car payment that I was making and apply it to my growing credit card debt, the thought of having a brand new car that is covered under a warranty would remove the stress and anxiety I experience each year.
As the weekend approaches, I am going to evaluate all options before making a decision on Monday. The two I am considering are:
Buck up, pay the almost $1,000 to replace the catalytic converter, which is the equivalent of four more monthly “car” payments
Trade in/sell my car and get something new (or newer) that will keep me from going into a rage whenever that fucking damn light goes on every year.
So until Monday, when I make my final decision, tip a glass and drink often.
above image is free to download and use from (c) Adam Hart-Davis