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Looking on the bright side

Looking on the bright side

My husband’s car needs a pretty significant repair (a new rack & pinion) and some maintenance (timing belts replaced, a couple of new tires). Those things really add up.

His car is 7 years old, with less than 70K miles on it, so it’s odd that it would need a new rack & pinion, but two different places have told us the same thing, including my trusted mechanic.

My husband is pretty discouraged about it needing the repair, because it seems so soon, and he bought the car because of its reputation for reliability. Plus of course no one likes car repairs, especially not pricey ones.

I keep urging him to look on the bright side though:

It will put him further behind in saving for the things he wants to get. But think about that sentence — it’ll slow down his savings for things like a new stereo system, a new flat screen TV, etc.

But it won’t put him into debt. It won’t leave him wondering how on earth he’s going to pay for it. It won’t screw up his finances for years. In fact, it doesn’t screw up his finances at all.

And the repair can easily be put off anyway, since he rarely drives his car now.

In years past, an expensive repair like that would have been a catastrophe. There’s no way he could have saved up for it, and if he had borrowed the money to do it that would only have made his financial situation even worse. Best case scenario is that he would probably have had to buy stock in power steering fluid.

So I think looking on this as an opportunity to see how far he has come is at least one bright side.

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