My life has been on a downhill spiral since my wife died in April of 2018. We had a hard battle with lung cancer and she suffered greatly. All of my savings(Not much) were spent while I stayed out of work to care for her.After she passed I thought my life would get back to normal.It didnt.
I am self employed doing Industrial and residential maintenance. Shortly after her death my 1998 Blazer that I use for work broke down and I didnt have the money to fix it. I had to start using my wifes car(2001 Nissan Altima) to go to jobs. The jobs I could do were greatly impacted by my inability to carry ladders and larger tools.I was slowly getting myself together When my waterheater went out. I got a 400 dollar title loan on my car to pay for the water heater and a truck rental to haul it. About a week later the head gasket went out on the car.
I have been borrowing a vehicle as much as I can but I am lucky to be able to work one day a week because I cant line anything up. I have about lost my main business that I do work for because I cant come in on call for emergencies. I have had to choose between bills and food and decide what bill to pay first.
At this point I have had to go to social services for help. They give me 141 dollars a month for food. All I need is a running vehicle and I can take care of myself and get back on track.
I owe about 185 dollars in Property taxes so I cant even get tags if I got a car fixed. My blazer has a transmission fluid leak and needs a universal joint and a brake line fixed. It also needs tires because the ones on it are dry rotting. My best figure is about 900 dollars to get taxes paid,insurance, tires, tags ,leak fixed and universal joint. By the time I pay everything it will be about 650 to get the car on the road. If I can just get one vehicle I can make a living and get off of food stamps. I have been on them for 2 months now.
I still owe over 5,000 on my wifes funeral and I still have other bills coming in too so I am about at the end of my rope and ready to give up. Please, If there is anybody who is able, I could get my life back on track for less than 1000 dollars but I have nobody to ask and I cant get a loan without a regular job. Even if I had to get the car on the road I could make enough to slowly catch up. Please help if you can, I cant live like this anymore and in 15 days my electric is going to be turned off.Thank you for reading my ramblings.