That awkward moment when you're too exhausted to be stressed out lol.
So my week has been PACKED and looked a little something like this.
Monday I did the crazy thing and looked at a Mustang. I guess I wasn't super serious about it, but I thought it would be kinda funny (and really dorky) to have a car that matched my husband's. They would have both been 1996 model black Mustangs. Only difference, mine would have been a GT and his is a Cobra. Welll... The guy wanted $2700 for it. After going straight from work to the predetermined meeting place and waiting for two hours for this guy to show up, we finally got to take a good look at it. The list of things wrong with it were mostly trivial small things that could have been easily fixed. I looked a little closer and noticed that the tires were bald. Barely any tread left. I mentioned it and the guy dropped the price down to $2300. Okay, I thought, that's kinda fair. I test drove the car it ran great. Something bugged me though, probably had to do with how eager the guy was to get rid of it. So we stood around and talked the the guy a bit and then I decided that it would be a good idea to let my husband test drive it too. I stood on the outside to watch and when the car got moving it left a cloud of smoke that I wouldn't have noticed while in the car. Definitely not good. That was a deal breaker. It wasn't a lot but it was enough to linger and when I told the guy I'd pass on the car he kept knocking the price down. He really wanted to get rid of it but I needed something reliable and that just wasn't going to cut it. $1900 would have been a great buy for a straight bodied car to turn into a project but unfortunately I don't have a garage or time.
So we moved on.
Tuesday we went out and took a look at this little Mazda. Totally not my taste in cars but I figured I'd give it a shot. It's little, it's practical, gets good gas mileage. Not as cool looking as my sporty Cougar, but beggars can't be choosers. We took it for a test drive and I was pretty hard on it, but it seemed to handle everything just fine. No rust, no engine light, no codes, good tires, good brakes, no funny noises. If there's something wrong with this car it's hiding it pretty damn well. So we decided that we would get that one. The guy we bought it from owned a towing company. He had apparently bought the car for his daughter and she didn't like it. Damn. I wish my dad would have just bought me a car. If he had he would have kicked my ass if I complained about it. Anyway, we put down $200 for the guy to hold the car until we could get the rest of the money together. It was difficult to understand him, he doesn't speak very good English, which led to some miscommunication later.
Wednesday we got off of work and went straight to the bank to get there before it closed. We then headed out to where the car was being kept so that we could pay for it, only to find out half way there that the owner was three hours away in another state doing some business. He had told us to call him BEFORE we headed out that way but he had said that he would be there around a certain time of day. Well with his thick accent my husband somehow missed that he had told him to call first. So we had to turn around and sit in rush hour traffic for a few hours before getting home. We at least had the money in hand now but still no car.
Thursday we came to an agreement. The guy, owning a towing company, would just come by and drop the car off so we wouldn't have to drive out so far again. It was very nice of him and convenient. The problem? The car title was actually still under his brother-in-law's small car dealership, and we would have to meet with him in order to get everything notarized. I probably forgot to mention that with our only working car being the Mustang Cobra, driving hadn't been too fun all week. Especially since it had been cold and rainy. I don't know if any of you guys have ever driven a vehicle like that in the rain, but you have to be super careful. Certain areas of the road, are slippery and the rear suspension is so stiff, you can spin out just as easily as if things were iced over. So next time it's raining out and you get behind an old Mustang or something, try not to get too angry if they're going a little slow. They're not doing it because they want to, an no the car's not broken. Anyway, we got to the designated meeting area in the rain, in the middle of rush hour traffic, but then it was decided that we were going to meet somewhere else. It was just across the street but the intersection was busy and it took a good twenty minutes just to get out of the parking lot we were in, to cross the street. It was completely ridiculous, then my husband decided to be an idiot and try to pull out in front of a speeding car. Because he is impatient. Nothing happened because I yelled at him not to even THINK about taking his foot off the clutch, I knew he was getting ready to go and he did, but only a couple of inches. He whined and complained that he had to do all of the driving and that this was all my fault and that "he just wanted it all to be over." Right, whatever. I guess it was my fault that it was rainy too. Or you know, if he had just taught me how to drive manual I could have given him a break. We did finally get all the paperwork done and the car was dropped off at our apartment. Still not tagged and registered yet. So that was a job for Friday.
Today we went to work, things were pretty normal. We were both pretty cranky to begin with since I hadn't slept very well all week and the week had been busy enough as it was. We got out of work and went straight to the DMV with all the paperwork to get the car registered and tagged. Well... we tried to get there anyway. On the way, his car began to overheat, badly. Confused and kind of upset, we pulled the car over into a random 7-11 parking lot. We were running out of time, so we walked the remaining two miles to the DMV, then waited in line for an hour and a half. I hate the DMV... After working 8 hours on your feet and then walking two miles, your feet hurt lol. Standing in line is painful. After we got the tag and registration we had to walk another two miles BACK to the car and try to figure out what was wrong with it. You know, I had been bugging my husband about his low coolant light for a week... go figure. So the idiot light in the car wasn't lying, he really had little to no coolant left. So we bought more inside the convenience store and that's when we found out exactly WHY he didn't have any coolant. The car had sprang a pretty bad leak. It wasn't anything that we can't easily fix, BUT we certainly couldn't do it in the parking lot. So we called AAA and waited for nearly an hour and a half for a tow truck to show up. Then the tow truck was almost out of gas, and we had to find a gas station that would take the company card that also had diesel fuel.
so here we are rolling down the road with a broken down car, on a tow truck that's about two miles from running out of gas. Fun! At least the tow truck driver was a nice guy lol. A bit crazy, I mean, after getting gas he just used the truck to hop a median instead of making a complicated u-turn. Which I'm pretty sure is sorta illegal. By this point we were way too exhausted to even care, so long as the car on the back was okay. The rest of the drive was pretty uneventful. We talked performance cars and it was like practically hanging out with the tow truck driver all the way home. He seemed like the kind of guy you could hang out at a bar with. My kind of people lol. I could certainly use a drink... or two... or six.
FINALLY the "new" car is legal and ready to drive! Huzzah!
I'm going to go pass out from exhaustion. What a week x_x Taking the car to the garage tomorrow to give it a check up before trying to drive it all the way to New Jersey from North Carolina. Needs an oil change, the serpentine belt changed and quite possibly the timing belt. (Timing belts suck >.< why can't everything run off a timing chain instead? They're so much more durable!) The guy that we bought the Mazda from seemed pretty legit and the car passed an inspection right before we bought it, the paperwork is there and everything. I just hope it doesn't need any major work. Fingers crossed! I really need all the luck I can get.