Fearing Older Car Repair Bills

I recently had a bit of a scare with my beloved 2007 Honda Fit.  First let me start off by saying I love my car.  I bought it when it was only a year old and never regretted it.  It has been so trustworthy and even though it has 128,000 miles on it I have had very few problems.  That was until we started to notice water INSIDE the car.  Yup, that is not supposed to happen.  And it has been a rainy spring.  So when we kept noticing water collecting in the rear passenger foot wells I called to make an appointment.

When it comes to water related issues, whether it is with a car or even a house, it can sometime be hard to diagnose.  This is due to the fact that water runs.  So you could have a problem in one spot but the water runs to a different place making it hard to find the actual culprit.

Initially we thought the water issue was due to the after market roof rack we had purchased which had damaged the seal at the top of the doors.  It turned out to be a good thing that I had to wait over a week for my appointment as one day when driving around Mr. SFF noticed a sloshing sound.  Low and behold after a little searching, he realized there was water the in rear, hiding in the compartment with the spare tire.  We then deduced that it was more likely a leak in the rear hatch and that water had sloshed into the rear passenger foot wells when going down a hill.  We removed the spare tire, tire iron and jack and pumped out this water and then had another week to evaluate.  I guess it was a good thing that it was rainy all week as we we able to note which side the water was at least running from.  We didn’t know exactly where it originated but we had at the very least narrowed things down a little.

A small puddle formed in the spare tire compartment after rain overnight.

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Monthly Update – May

As I suspected, May turned out to be a difficult month.  From the start of the month my expenses were higher.  I had a car repair which I expected but nonetheless, still hurt.  But unfortunately that was only one of many large non-regular expenses for the month.

For Mother’s Day we hosted a brunch for 10 at our house with both of our moms, our siblings and their spouses, and one cousin who was visiting from out of town.  Thankfully brunch is less expensive than hosting a dinner but I still spent over $100 on food.  Add in the cost of gifts and cards and Continue reading “Monthly Update – May”

The Cost of Commuting By Car vs Riding a Bike

Today I rode my bike to work for this first time this year.  Last summer I made a casual goal of riding once per week but was only mildly successful.  I am going to try again this year to see if I can make this happen.  I mean, Mr. SFF does it every day, year round, rain or snow, so I should be able to do it, right?

My "vehicle" this morning.
My “vehicle” this morning.

The commute is only 5 miles each way but does have a long gradual hill heading to work.  Thankfully we have a really nice Continue reading “The Cost of Commuting By Car vs Riding a Bike”

Life (Expenses) Happen

Yesterday was just one of those days where by the time I got home, I had wracked up some receipts.  One was necessary, the others were more of a “want”.  Here’s a rundown of my day.

My Car – The Necessary Expense

I have a 2007 Honda Fit with approx 98,600 miles on it.  I do my best to take good care of it as I want to drive it for another 100,000 miles.  My braking was starting to feel strange so I dropped it off at the Continue reading “Life (Expenses) Happen”