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Three years ago we bought a van from a small dealership in Texas. Within a few days we realized it had a coolant leak, and vowed that if we ever bought another vehicle again we would get it looked at by a mechanic or it would come with a warranty.
Guess what I didn’t do when I bought my Honda Odyssey two weeks ago?
That’s right. You can yell at me now, I am definitely yelling at me.
Within a week I noticed the A/C not working. Dr. Google told me it was probably the compressor, but I prayed it was a smaller fix. It wasn’t.
1350.00 later (thanks to a deep discount from the dealership) it was fixed, but when I picked it up I was told even more was wrong with it.
First I was told, thanks to a communication error with the tech and secretary, that it was the drive belt tensioner that needed to be replaced. At only 300.00 I told them to go ahead since I had budgeted 1800 originally for the compressor. But yesterday I got a call saying the secretary was wrong, it’s really the timing belt tensioner that needs to be replaced, and that would be a 1200.00 fix.
That’s money I just don’t have.
So I called around, I’ve learned that lesson at least, and had a shop look at it yesterday who has great reviews online and told me it would only be 780.00. Would you believe when they looked inside it was neither the drive belt tensioner or the timing belt tensioner? Nope. Instead, it was the serpentine belt tensioner that was leaking and needed to be fixed.
So I did that and went ahead and had him do my back shocks, which I knew needed to be done, and both he and Honda had mentioned.
The work did need to be done, and I’m out another 780.00 but I know my car is safe.
Y’all, I want to cry. I cannot believe I didn’t learn my lesson. I even thought about getting checked out before I bought it but I was in too big of a hurry.
One thing is for sure, I’m learning exactly what they mean by patience is a virtue, and I think I might need to take some time to focus on that.
In the meantime I got a heck of a lot of work done this weekend because I wasn’t going anywhere and risking something worse happening to the van.