Hello, I am hoping someone out there is willing to help a family of 6 down on there luck right now.
My husband lost his job due to a car accident, he wrecked the car and now we can not get it fixed so he has no way to get back and forth to work so he lost his job. I am not asking for a handout, just is there anyone out there that knows anything about cars could you please help me or help me get a used dependable car. Please someone help me, Christmas is just right around the corner and my kids birthdays are in December also and I just don’t know what to do. PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE!!!!!
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Umm, that sounds kinda weird… I mean a person loses a car, the method he uses to get to work and as a result loses his job… soooo did he just stay home because he didn’t have a preferred manner of transport to work untill he got fired for skipping work or something???? I mean there is public transport, you can walk, you can ask a co-worker for a lift, you can buy a bicycle…
More specifically to the question asked: you can buy a used car, used car lots can be found in every city.
well i live in a very small town that does not have public transportation and he worked 40 min. away, he is a roofer, nobody in our home town works where he does if you don’t believe me look it up on map finder we live in middletown illinois and he worked in pekin illinois now how would he take a bus or a cab i am not asking for a hand out i am asking if anyone know about cars so i can possible get mine fixed everyone has told me it is impossible to fix but i am opptomistic about things and tries to see the good and hope for the best but it is hard when i have people like u that tries to cut people down
and as of asking a co-worker they dont live near us we use to live further away until a couple of months ago we moved closer and ever since then it seems like everything has fallen down hill and as for used car lots yeah right we have none here the only thing there is here is 2 bars a bank and a post office. i don’t drink and i get a ride just to get groceries for my kids when i can people should not judge till they know the whole story
The fastest solution if you’re on a tight budget is to buy a bicycle. 40 minutes by car will be twice as long for a rookie cyclist but it will get the job done.
As for the car I repeat - used car lots, find one near you using google and google maps
can people should not judge till they know the whole story
Then you should post the whole story right in the post and not let people guess what you’re circumstances are.
no its called craigslist which i have been on since the accident and i dont have the money for a 5thousand dollar car i am doing the best we can and as for posting everything i dont need to i am not asking for a handout i just wanted to know if there is anyone out there that knows anything about cars, and i can not afford to get another car right now with christmas and my kids birthdays are at the same time we are trying to save every dollar we get and sell what ever we can just to make it all i am trying to see if anyone out there can help me figure out how i can fix the one i got, every time i look up how to fix my car on the internet it doesn’t show or tell me how to do it like some people have told me to i wish i could just take it in to be fixed but i can’t i can’t afford it so we are trying to fix it ourself thank you
I just googled for used cars for Illinois and got a bunch of offers for an exact thousand and less. You can sell your current car for parts and if it was a good one you may get a third of the sum right away from the deal.
we are doing that and all the money we recieve is going toward a new car well a car good enough to get us from point a to b but i also have to get one near us do to not being able to get around like i would like i go on craigslist everyday all day trying to figure something out but i would also like to just fix the one we have cause it would probably be alot cheaper i just dont know what it all intails and if it is even fixable. it is still a nice looking car with only 54000 thousand miles on it it is a 2002 ford focus motor is great it is just the passangers side wheel and i dont know how to tell if the engine cradle is ok or what we had an offer to junk the car for 325 dollars and we are thinking about doing it but every car i saw the engine was knocking or the tranny is slipping if i get one like that i would be on here again asking if someone knows about cars again, i just need something till tax time and then i can get a decent car and my husband can go back to work next year as a roofer at the same place he has been there for years so it isnt like he doesnt work or is lazy i stay at home with the kids and babysit on the side to bring in extra money so we are not lazy people
describe the damage.
modern cars are made with uni-body construction so damage to the sub-frame can be a serious safety issue.
Passenger side wheel? You have to go into more detail. bent? it’s parallel with the ground? missing? seemingly the only thing holding the car together?
I need more details. As far as shopping for a car strictly in your immediate local, there aren’t any friends or family that would take the time to help you out long enough to shop for a car? It only takes about an hour to look at a car.
the inter and outer ty rod and control arm and sway bar but i am not sure if the engine craddle is bent and dont know how to tell, and ya i have a friend that would but her sister uses her van all the time and acts like it is hers and gives me the run around everytime i ask her but i am sure i can find someone but we are trying to get enough money first thank you for your help by the way
inner& outer rods, lower control arm. etc., etc., etc., what are suspect? bent? missing? What did he hit? What makes you think the engine cradle is bent. Is the hood damaged. I will ask you once again what is the damage?
the hood is bent the tire on the passenger side turns the opposit way from the other sided he hit a colvert went down a very steep ditch and all the parts i told you about are all bent and 3 tires were blown and 2 rims bent the light cover on passenger side was cracked nothing is missing
Sounds serious. Was the car totaled by the insurance agency?
Take a look in the engine compartment if the Macpherson strut towers are bent or if see damage to the firewall then, yeah hon there is a very good chance the cradle is damaged and the engine is no longer in alignment with the drive train. –Not safe. ONly way to know for sure is to take it to a frame/body shop.
Craigslist or Oodle, or other free ads would have cheaper cars than 5K. Not what you want, right but something to get you by. Getting hubby to and from work is the important thing here. A older 90’s car should have some life in it. If you hear knocks or something which sounds like rattles in the engine, that’s knock. Stay away from it. It’s an engine killer.
Try not to buy anything with more than 120K on the odometer. You’ll have about 20-40K left on the tranny before it needs an overhaul, of course it’s depending on how it’s been driven. Ford tempos, escorts are cheap but every 50K wear out the timing belt. If this is not done or replaced when needed there could be serious engine trouble.
Always ask the seller/ any probs with the car I should know about? Recent inspection or is it overdue. (this could be a sign of costly repairs the owner doesn’t want to pay for) Any maintenance records? no and no? Sunday driver etc., etc., Grandma drove it only on sunday etc., etc. Thank him or her and go onto the next one. The trick in buying a used car is estimating the cost and how soon repairs will be needed.
Try to find a little diesel if you can. 200K is just not a lot of miles for a diesel. They are better built engines and last longer. less electrical parts - less to go wrong. And they get better mileage. Problem with them ususally are injectors - not cheap but not a regular thing to replace - once every 75-150K sometimes you can get by with just injector cleaner, and fuel pumps which go out in every car. Not too expensive but none the less.
Hope this helps.
we only had liabilty cause right now that is all we could afford, thank you so much for the advise this is what i was looking for, someone to kinda guide me in the right direction. you don’t know how helpful you were. it rained here today so first thing in the morning my husband is going out to look at the car again and see what you were talking about. i will let you know how it goes. also, thank you for the advise on car hunting, i don’t know what to look for and it is me that looks for the vehicles. you are right all i need is something to get me by for the time being, he needs to get back to work, its all about making that money to make it in life and pass on good advise to someone else like you have done for me. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!
You are very welcome. I hope things start brightening up for you soon. Let me know If I can be further help. If you have any more ‘car damage’ questions, then please post some pictures of the car and remember you have to be very detailed when describing what your concerns are.
I will help you all I can. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
You’re very welcome and glad to help.
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