I never thought I would say this, but on Sunday night as I finish laundry and glance occasionally at the Super Bowl, I am so glad that this weekend is nearly over. I love weekends, except when they turn out like this one has.
It started yesterday morning with no indication that things woul deteriorate so rapidly. Hal and I went to get an oil change for the Fiesta. While we were waiting, a friend who lives near the garage took us to breakfast. We had a great meal and an awesome time catching up with each other. Our friend drove us back to the garage and I remembered that the annual safety inspection was also due for the Fiesta.
Again, good luck seemed to be following me. The garage could perform the inspection without much of a delay. Hal and I waited patiently until my name was called. When I got to the service desk, I found out that the Fiesta had passed inspection, just barely. The brake pads and rotors were almost gone, any worse condition would have failed the Fiesta.
I found out that replacing the brake pads and rotors was going to cost me just over $500. This was not something I expected. It had to be done, but the unexpected expense was painful.
Hal and I got home and spent the rest of the day staying home. Nothing else happened overnight and I felt that I was safe. That was a huge mistake.
Sunday found me feeling great after a good night of sleep. Hal wanted to make a trip to the store, so we got into the Fiesta. As soon as I pulled out of the parking space I knew something was dreadfully wrong. Getting out of the car and checking revealed the flat tire. Luckily I carry a portable electric air pump for emergencies. I inflated the tire and called a tire store about a mile away. By the time I got the a Fiesta to the tire shop, the tire was completely flat again.
I bought the Fiesta used 3 years ago. It is a 2011 model and I knew that the tires were not the highest quality. There had been several leaks and nail punctures that were repaired since I got the car. The decision was to get 4 new tires. Another $500 down the drain.
I am still trying to figure out how to get this $1000 expense paid off as quickly as possible so interest charges won’t hurt me even further. This weekend has been a complete disaster and I can’t wait for Monday.