I’m a female in my mid- 20’s, currently stranded without a car after many years of hard work and dedication to my goals.
I’m in a bit of a catch- 22 situation, as I need a car to get myself to work to make money, but don’t have the money for a car due to a series of badly timed events.
Straight after I turned 18, I had my original college plans thwarted, as had to take on work full time to support my homeless mother (my father just left her and emptied their bank accounts/ she was not working during this time because she rushed to attend an online degree mill program in order to say she attended college before me), as well as my newly pregnant, teenage younger sister.
I had worked hard in school- and outside of it- and supported myself financially from the day I was legally allowed. I spent years getting my mother, sister, and my niece into a comfortable position to my detriment. Finally, my mother found a man who married her, and whom is now fully financially supporting her, my sister and my sister’s child. After I worked hard to keep them afloat, I was kicked to the curb, and they no longer speak to me.
I attended as many college courses at a local university as I could while working full time, and received straight A’s each semester. After my family issues settled, I applied to a number of ivy-league schools, and got accepted.
While tuition and cost of living was covered by the schools through scholarships and grants, I did not have the initial funds to relocate to another across the country for school.
I chose one to commit to, deferred my enrollment, and spent the next year working hard and saving every single penny in order to have a small nest- egg for the relocation- all while paying rent, and being fully financially independent of my family.
Two months before the planned move, I began fainting at work and feeling dizzy every waking minute. What would proceed would be a wild goose chase for a diagnoses consisting of heart testing, expensive MRIs, and the like. During this process I became so sick I was unable to work. I was fainting everyday and physically could not carry out my job any longer. This meant I was forced into paying $500.00 / month on Cobra insurance. Not knowing whether what I had was life-threatening and being told it was most likely a condition with my brain or heart, I had no choice but to shell out that money on top of my rent, food and out-of-pocket medical costs.
All the money I saved up to move to school eventually dwindled away to nothing due to the high cost of Cobra Insurance, and with it all the years of hard work I had put in to attend a school that would change my life went down the drain as well.
I have since been diagnosed with low blood pressure disorder, and have gone on medication that has largely fixed the issue.
However, my old car has recently completely broke down and has been junked. I am stuck back at square one, except this time without a car to get to work.
I have since decided to attend the flagship public university in my state, to reduce the cost of moving, but am still in desperate need of a car as I am involved in research and volunteer/ work hours concurrently with my program.
I have worked through many obstacles to reach my goals, but at this point I am completely stuck. My family is unable to return the favor I have given them years prior, and it hurts badly feeling like a failure after so many hurdles. I’m balancing all of this while paying off a lot of medical debt, and I’m my best just is not cutting it. I need help.
I am looking for the cheapest car available to get my from point A to point B, maybe $3,000 total, less if I can find cheaper. Any amount helps get me there.