So on Friday not long before I got off work, Stef texted me to say that she had a flat tire. This wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that she didn't have a spare, or the key to get the lug nut lock off. The lock issue had been a problem for a while, and we were going to try to fix it soon by breaking it off. She tried that, but for some reason it didn't work. It was too late in the day on Friday to get it anywhere to get things fixed, so I hung around the mall an extra 3 hours before her and her mom came and picked me up. We ended up spending the night at her mom's house.
Yesterday morning we all get up and run down to an auto parts store to see about getting a patch kit and a bit that would grip the key well enough to break it. We got everything we needed and went to work on things. We got the tire all patched up and it was holding air, but then we found out that the valve stem was leaking. Somehow or another we got it to hold, but didn't trust it to make it very far on the road. We didn't even bother to try to break off the lock. Something came up that we'd been talking about for quite a while, getting a new car.
So instead of putting anymore time and money into the jeep, we decided to look into getting a used car. If it wasn't for her mom things would have gone so much worse this weekend for us. We rode around to a few different dealers trying to find something with a good price and good gas mileage. Gas is what's been hurting us the most, so that was a big thing for us. We looked a few different cars, but the last place we came to was a car max.
We went in hoping to look at a specific car, but ended up checking out several others that looked good too. Luckily we had a really good salesman that didn't try to bullshit us about a lot of things. We had it down by the end to a 2006 saturn ion, or a 2007 ford focus. Both were overall good cars, but in the end we settled on the saturn. Thankfully her mom co signed for her and she got a good monthly payment. We all think it was a good deal, it was just under 12k and has a little under 50 thousand miles on it. It looks practically brand new, has a huge trunk, and suicide doors.
Her mom is really what made it happen, and if it wasn't for her we'd still be stuck with the same old problems. So right now with what we save in gas every month, we should be able to afford the car payments. I'm hopefully going to be getting a bit better hours at work from now on, so as long as I keep bringing in about the same each month as I am now we should be ok. Just the fact that we won't have to sink so much money into getting things fixed and replaced all the time will be the biggest help.
After today she also has a credit history, so that will be a big help once we can afford to look for an apartment. I just need a full time job before that happens, but that's a story for another day. We just got home earlier tonight, and I'm just glad to be able to change clothes, take a shower, and lay in our own bed. We'll figure out what to do about the jeep later, but for now we need a days rest after all that.