Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Another Fear Faced.

Today I got into my car and noticed right away that it wasn't running right. Then the check engine light came on. I really doubted the wisdom of even driving it to work - so I took the side roads and did it anyway. I called the VW dealer when I got to work - even that took guts for me. At lunch, I got my daughter to follow me to the dealer and we left my car there. 2 hours later they called me and told me my car was fixed. And it was all covered under warranty (well, except for the oil change which I told them to do since I was already there.) It was a burnt out coil in my ignition - whatever that is.

I have a morbid fear of car trouble. That is why I keep buying new cars every 18 months to 2 years. I have had this car for a little over 3 years. It is foolhardy to buy a car that often and I am trying to knock it off. But, oh, how I hate car trouble. But my registration this year is under $200. - when the car was new it was over $500.

I wondered to myself today if back in the day I would have just kept driving the car with the check engine light on. I bet I would have. Facing fears isn't the most fun thing in the world to do, but it sure is worth it. Especially when you find that you are afraid of nothing.

I am meeting one of my sponsees at the meeting in the morning - so maybe if I post this tonight I will get to the meeting on time. Well, it COULD happen.

8 comments:

Scott W said...

I, too, have a healthy fear of car trouble, but I have survived dealing with it a few times.

dAAve said...

I feel the same about cars and car trouble. I too usually get a new car about every 2 years.
However, I go to the opposite end of the spectrum and get a second car which is over 40 years old.
Insane?

Banana Girl said...

Don't we all just hate the unknown. To feel vulnerable and be outside our area of expertise and thus feel deficient. Like we should know everything, NOT! My car (mini-van) is 10 years old. It has 188,000 plus miles on it. I think it must have been manufactured on a Tuesday or a Thursday when there were no real thoughts of happy hour. We know we need to replace it but it just keeps on humming along and we have over the ten years only put about $2000 worth of repairs into it. $200 per annum plus oil, tires, and brakes. Not bad. So we keep going together, one day at a time. teehee LU J.

Syd said...

I don't get a new car anymore because of the depreciation. I like the certified pre-owned BMW's. They are great cars and the warranty is great. Glad that you faced your car fear.

Trudging said...

I once let a car sit for 9 months because I feared the price of fixing the window. But, God was good to me as he always is.

Bill said...

Grrrr...I hate car trouble. Sometimes I hope the car will heal itself. I'm glad your story had a happy ending, and that you took care of the weirdness promptly!

Anonymous said...

wait...the car related anxiety doesn't just disappear one day? I wouldn't have driven my car with the check engine light on, I would have just stopped driving altogether and re-arranged my life because of the stupid light. hope you had a good day...wendy

Zane-nawwaa said...

Yes, Judy Tenuda. It COULD happen. I bought my current car in July 2005 to be my last car. It now has 69954 miles on it and I'm only 66-3/4. We will see. Good driving to you.