I had been paying for my car for almost 7 years when I finally paid off my car loan. I was so excited to finally cut out one of my major monthly expenses, but I was quickly disappointed when my air conditioning stopped working in the car. Because it was the winter, I didn’t realize this at first. But as soon as the weather started to warm up, I quickly realized that something was not right. The car was hot and stuffy. Usually after a minute or two of warming up, the air was coming out freezing cold! However, ten minutes went by and the air still felt warm. I talked to a mechanic, and he informed that I would need to completely replace parts of the air conditioning in order to get back up and running in my car. I felt stubborn and entitled to the relief of not having a car loan, so I decided to try to survive the summer without air conditioning in my car. I tried rolling down the windows, but this was too loud on the highways. Not to mention, it made a mess of my hair on the way to work each morning. While I like driving with the windows down sometimes, I’ve realized that the key word is sometimes. And I certainly did not enjoy having no other option. After only about two weeks, I ended up trading in the car for a new one. I guess it’s just not meant to be for me to get a break from car payments. I can’t even be upset when I pay the car payment because to me, it is honestly worth every penny if it means that I can have a functional air conditioner.
- Upgrading heater in the off season
- Making a problem worse