My Girlfriend and I are expecting our first baby boy sometime in early October, We used to own a Mitsubishi Magna that we got on a loan for $5000 ( ended up being around $8000ish after paying rates etc ). Litterally 2 weeks before we had finished paying off the loan, my partner was on her way home ( This was before she was pregnant ) and a drunk driver hit her.. She did her best to avoid the accident but only got far enough for him to hit the back right ( Driver Side ) wheel, he drove off and another driver on the road chased him to get his details.
The car was totaled, We only got $4000 back for the car and proceded to go looking for another similar car ( We liked that make and model ), we found one for about $3700, bought it and been happy ever since ( About 6-7months ago ).
Just Yesterday, 29th/06/2017 the car started to make a ticking noise, We knew what it was straight away as our very first car had this same noise and it was the timing belt, in the end that car snapped it and we needed a new car ( it wasn’t worth fixing ).
We’ve taken it to a mechanic to have a quick quote and just make sure it’s the problem we thought it was, they agreed that it was what we thought. Got the quote and they said between $1300-$1500, obviously we don’t have the money just laying around ( Both in and out of work and study, me myself couldn’t find work for about 4 years and so i’ve been doing studies ).
We have no way to afford to pay this in a lump sum, maybe on a payment plan we could, but no one does payment plans for car repairs here, it’s depressing. I litterally just decided to go back and finish a course i dropped out of to try and find work last year, so i’ve been in the middle of setting it all up for mid year and the same day the issue started, i got a phone call for a job interview ( after the car started making noise, but before we took it to a mechanic ).
GREAT, i’ll be able to make some money and get this repair done, but no, can’t drive the car because if the belt snaps, it will destroy the engine making the repair to the damages it causes 5 times more expensive. Can’t get to the new job ( which i start on monday btw 3/7/2017 ) because i can’t drive the car and risk it causing more damage. Can’t make the money to fix the car, and get get a loan because i’ve not even started working yet.
We are litterally by ourself, all we have had is each other and we have no one to fall back on, it’s been like this for a long time, we finally ( me especially ) thought i was catching a break with going back to study and now a job shows up, but ofcourse with everything good, something bad has to cancel it out… the car.
With no one to fall back on and depend/rely on for help, we are out of options. I don’t doubt that we won’t get any help here, but i’m not expecting it, it’s a last resort/effort to try and get some sort of help fighting back.
Would absolutely be amazed and in awe of anyone who is actually willing to help a stranger, and appreciate it beyond belief, all 3 of us ( My girlfriend, myself and our soon to be born boy… if we can get to the hospital when she gives birth…lol ).
Definitely going to pay it foward when i can start making some decent money, regardless of what happens here.
Asking for around $1500 total to get the major repair done, we also need a major service which is $400ish but that can wait as the major repair is priority.