Hello! My son just started at a community college, which is about an hour’s drive from home. He is finishing up his first summer semester and doing spectacular. Unfortunately, our car broke down this summer. It’s not a new or fancy car. It’s 12 years old, but in decent shape. However, wear and tear has worn the poor thing down. It started to overheat when idling or driving through traffic, which is even worse in crazy, hot summer weather. I wanted them to check the brakes, too, since they seemed a bit spongy at times and I wanted to make sure he would be safe driving. Unfortunately, it turns out that the old dear needs new brakes, an engine fan, and a new motor for the window (it got stuck down and then the window motor died). It will cost $755.53 to fix. I have attached a photo of the estimate.
We are a family of 6 with very low income. We have two little ones still, ages 5 and 6, and another son who is 16. My husband just finished his bachelor’s degree in December and is finishing up a few necessary classes before he heads into the medical field. We live in a very small town, with no organizations that can help us. We have a very tight budget that leaves no room for extra expenses. I pick up as many spare jobs as I can, in combination with our normal income and we still barely scrape by. I want my son to be able to focus on his education and not to worry about how he is going to get back and forth. There are enough things to worry about when we grow up and start having to do the whole adult thing, without having to stress over cars and repairs while still in school. It is difficult to find the money to help him out with gas, books, and other necessities, let alone pay for major repairs. We just fixed the brakes on our 15-year-old truck last month, so our saved funds are already depleted. One the pains of owning older vehicles, I know, but they have been good to us for many years.
If you can donate anything towards helping fix the car so he can continue with his education and not have to stress over the money, we would be super excited and eternally grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate it!