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QOTD 6/3

Who handles making sure the car maintenance is done - you or your SO/DH?

akpufa's picture
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We kind of just deal with our own cars although sometimes I'll switch him cars and take his in for oil changes & tire rotations for him since he's so busy.

quonsetmom's picture
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I remind dh...he brings it in

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Car maintenance? What's that? LOL

In all seriousness, we don't really do much routine maintenance. We mainly fix things as they break. Our main car is a 2000 and our truck is a 1992. Old old old. I normally take the car in for stuff because I know the people at the VW repair shop more than him. So I guess we sort of do our own vehicles, although we both drive the car more than the truck. He did replace the car battery last week though.

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If it is something bigger than an oil change, me. I usually try to fix it myself first, I have changed many sensors, a radiator, a couple alternators. And if it has to go to the shop, I usually take it.

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I leave that to DH. If it needs an oil change he usually takes it unless he has no time and it really needs to be done, then I take it in.

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Although I probably vacuum it out more often than he does Smile We are a 1 vehicle family, so I drive it more than him - he uses public transit. So it's mostly the kids and I making messes!

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We dRive older cars too. A 2002 and a 1995. I just don't have any desire to have a car payment. Smile Jon does everything himself unless its too complicated and then he gets his mechanic friend to help. Usually his friend only charges us like $50 for every $300 a shop would charge in labor so it saves us a ton. But Jon does oil changes, brakes, starters, alternators and a ton of other stuff himself. He's really good at staying on top of it all which is why my 2002 Taurus with 160,000 miles on it still runs like it's brand new!

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I've gotten the oil changed once I think. And a flat tire once - when I was 8 months pregnant with DD and went across the street to the firestation to get the firemen to fix it for me. I'm useless when it comes to cars Smile

However - when it comes to buying them, I'm much more useful.

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

We dRive older cars too. A 2002 and a 1995. I just don't have any desire to have a car payment. Smile

Me neither! No more payments! We're in a financial crunch for the next 2.5 years as I have a year of maternity leave, then 1.5 years of TWO kids in daycare. As soon as DD starts full day Kindergarten, then I'm ok with replacing a vehicle. So...can my 2000 VW Jetta make it 2.5 more years? Hummmmm....

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Car maintenance? What's that? LOL

In all seriousness, we don't really do much routine maintenance. We mainly fix things as they break. Our main car is a 2000 and our truck is a 1992. Old old old. I normally take the car in for stuff because I know the people at the VW repair shop more than him. So I guess we sort of do our own vehicles, although we both drive the car more than the truck. He did replace the car battery last week though.

Yep, that's us too. We have a 2001 van and a 95 camry. We just make sure to rotate the tires every now and then and get the oil changed every 4000 miles or so. Otherwise, we fix things if they "need" it. So, right now the van has a massive crack in the wind shield and the wiper fluid doesn't spray... not necessary to the function of the vehicle, so therefore not getting fixed! Oh, and DH and I are pretty equal as far as noticing when oil changes and such needs to be done.

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Yeah, if we had car payments we just wouldn't eat... no big deal right. Wink

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Just FYI, in April I noticed my wiper fluid didnt spray and it turned out the rubber hose had dry rot. It cost $3 and took 5 minutes to replace.

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

Just FYI, in April I noticed my wiper fluid didnt spray and it turned out the rubber hose had dry rot. It cost $3 and took 5 minutes to replace.

Oh nice!! I should look into that. It's only been 2 years since I've been able to spray my windshield!! Wink

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I need DH too, but he does it sometimes. I take care of oil changes, but overall not too much maintainence I'd hate to admit.

Ps like others are goal is too be car payment free soon!