So it surprised me when they were supportive of my car goal.
My goal is to get 300,000 miles on my car. My mechanic is shooting for 500,000 miles on it.
I currently have 277,000 miles on my black 1999 Mazda Protege 4-cylinder, 4-door sedan.
It has a dent in the front left fender where I hit a pillar 10 years ago in the parking garage.
It has hail dents on the hood, roof, and trunk from a hail storm in 2010. It would have cost more than the car was worth to fix them.
There is a slight dent in the right tail light assembly which doesn't meet flush with the trunk lid any longer. I backed into a post earlier this year.
There are dog drool streaks on the back windows and doors.
But the interior is good. It's peppy and responsive. My Great Dane and my Belgian Shepherd fit in the back seat.
And it's paid for. It's been paid in full for over 12 years. Twelve years without a car payment.
So I was more than a little perturbed when it started heating up a couple weeks ago. Yes, the outside temperature was over 110°. But that doesn't mean the temperature gauge on my car should peg.
I had the thermostat replaced. Didn't help.
Had the radiator fan and cooling fan replaced. This is where having an older car became a problem. The cooling fan took an extra day to come in.
Helped, but only a little.
Finally, we replaced the radiator. It was the original radiator, so I'm not surprised it was faulty.
Ta-da. I again have a car that doesn't heat up and, as a bonus, the air conditioner works better than it has in a long time.
Cost? $1000. Or as I like to categorize it - 3 car payments.
The last major expense was 2 years ago. So I figure I am well ahead.
Onward to 300,000!