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Almost Completely Defeated

EDIT: Found some info re: this issue.

I just spent 20 minutes in my car crying. My car (2007 Chevy Cobalt) is only 2 years old, but it’s already out of warranty. I saved up as much as I could to get the cheapest car I could find and put it all into getting this because I need it to get to work. I got rear-ended last week. Insurance will help me with most of that. The fundraiser I had will barely cover the things the insurance refused to cover. (Medication was stuck in the trunk and we had to pry it open to get to it. the insurance said it was fine but later changed their mind. Not a big deal. I really don’t care how the car looks.) I thought I was OK.

My power steering just failed on my drive home from work, almost causing me to crash into a mack truck. I can turn the car off and on and it will fix the problem, but the power steering keeps crashing out after about 5 minutes of driving nearly propelling me off the road. I need the car to get to my job, which is 1.5 hours away with no public transportation options. I’m scared I’m going to be fired because I was out all last week for the accident. A quick google search tells me that this power steering issue is a known issue with no solution or recall other than to replace the system for about $1500.

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I called GM. They refused to look at it unless I give them $200 and tell me that I am out of warranty. I can’t even speak right now. I just keep breaking up into tears. I have no idea what I’m going to do, GM doesn’t care. IT WAS REALLY SCARY I ALMOST DIED BECAUSE I COULDN’T TURN MY WHEEL. WHO MAKES A CAR THAT DIES IN 2 YEARS?!?!??!?! AAARGH. I thought I made the best decision I could and wouldn’t have to buy another car for a while and that I could have enough savings by then. The dealer also claims that this has nothing to do with the accident.

I’m having a day where I feel like I just want to not be alive. I work 7 days a week. I work 11-16 hours a day. I just am frustrated. It goes without saying that I am going to be canceling any vacation plans and cutting back on groceries.

I feel lucky that it happened after I got back from my best friend’s wedding and not on the road.

I hate this. But if you could spread the word about the fundraiser or buy from my store I could really use the help. I feel like I’ve been just totally crushed.



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19 Comments on “Almost Completely Defeated

    1. I bought the cheapest car available. Yes, some people can’t afford anything. I GET that. I grew up having to duct tape my shoes together. I’ve BEEN there, worked hard, and dont have any savings. The fact remains that we, like most people just get by.

    2. You really believe that?

      I bought my truck used at 2 years old.

      Also if Zumi’s car is “out of warranty” like stated above, then hey, they probably expected things to start going wrong at 2 years old.

      There’s also these handy things called car payments.. Maybe you’ve heard of them? I certainly didn’t have $14K to pull out of my ass and hand to the dealer when I drove my truck off the lot.

      1. There’s also this not-so-handy thing called bad luck? Maybe you’ve heard of it?

        Get a life and don’t be such a jerk.

    3. Who cares if it’s two years old? If the car doesn’t work then it’s useless. That’s like saying “If you have a day old pen. Then you are doing just fine.” If the pen doesn’t write then what good is it?

  1. I know the feeling. Cars suck, especially when they break down, and break down in a part that’s not covered under warranty. Are you in an area where you can take it to a reputable mechanic and not the GM dealer? Dealer mechanics are also paid on COMMISSION. So, they try to upsell you on things you don’t need. Check around.

    My donation will be arriving soon. :)

    1. I just got off the phone with a garage…they will look at it for less than $100!!! :D I’m going to try what you said and see if they can help. Truthfully I don’t know much about cars so I’m very scared. I thought I made a good choice buying a cheaper car, but apparently not. :( I’ve been basically just getting by with the payments.

  2. We bought and shared the cheapest car we could find in 2002, a 2002 Kia Rio with a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. :D The stupid thing is still running (and is about to hit the 100,000 mark) and I hate it.

    Cheap cars are not always duds. That’s actually the first time I’ve heard of such a thing happening. 0.o I was always under the impression that if you bought a car new you’d get more than just a two year warranty!

    1. Oh, this car is the same price point as the KIA Rio. I though tI was doing myself a favor by going for the GM instead of the Kia…wow I made a bad call.

      The catch is that I live in NJ….very spread apart. I put 50,000 miles on it in 2 years. The warranty was by ,miles, not years. the powertrain is covered for 5, but everything else is by mileage. :(

  3. Yikes! In response to “JC” it has nothing to do with the number of years / how new it is. Most parts coverage is over before you know it. I have a 2005 Prius which now has over 130,000 miles because of my job. All the coverage was gone a long time ago.

  4. Glad to hear you found a better price on the mechanic. Hope you can get a good rate from them on the whole job. I’ll try to send some traffic (buyers) your way… good luck & hang in there!

  5. I agree with the first comment to “keep the faith”, although I know how hard it is. My car was repo’d in 2007 because I couldn’t afford my payments. I then had to PAY to get my car back from the tow yard. I still have the same car (a Honda) and I’m thankful for that, although I have a lot of work to do on it. It’s a 98 and is starting to show it’s age. But it gets me to work. I live in Atlanta with no public transportation options either, so I understand what you mean, and I know financially how you feel too. Even with a day job, and 2 side jobs (design and jewelry) I still sob whenever an unexpected expense shows up. I hope things look up soon – I’m sure they will. :)

    1. Thank you so much!! You are really awesome! Just to make sure..did you email me what you wanted in return for it? I’ll be happy to make you something!

  6. Still having issues with insurance from last year when someone rear-ended and totaled my Camry (the person who hit me was driving a brand-new Chrysler 300 and drove away with a little dent in his hood. >.< ). So yeah, I know how it feels.

    All the best!

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