Urgent car repair or new car funds needed ASAP
Let me start by thanking you for your kindness in reading my plight.
History: A working (poor) class – Personal Care Assistant (home health care)
This has been my 3rd used vehicle in the last 8 years. Having been a single mother from an early age, I never could establish credit, never any extra money to even get a secured credit card. I have always (with some help of my family) had to buy cheep vehicles up front that we could pool our money for.
This car (at the mechanics), had to be towed in the middle of the night (10-22), I had to get my patient/consumer’s daughter to bring me back to her house, where I stayed gratefully, so I wouldn’t miss work that 8am-8pm (but mind you the nature of my job, is it is broken into 3 shifts 4, 3, 2 with several extended breaks. (just the nature of how PCA’s jobs are good, but around the clock, because of how Medicaid and Medicare pay for these services).
Another consumer returned from nursing home rehab on that same day. (For three months, my income was cut by half). My income will be returning enough if I can get this car situation taken care of.
I will not be able to fulfill all my duties (e.g. pharmacy runs, grocery runs, transports, even getting to job sites) until my car is either fixed, or replaced to include taxes paid and new registration fees.
I want to continue to be able to work, stop begging my sons for help (they cannot afford it either, but they try), and be a blessing, I am asking humbly for assistance.
My son’s can either help me with my rent again or help me with some to get a car. I have raised wonderful young men, who are hard working, and try to help me as best as they can, but I feel I have been a burden these last few months when my income was cut for so long.
I am at a total loss, as to what amount I should ask for, as this is so fresh, and time is of the essence with cold weather here. There is no public transportation to my consumers’ locations, and because of the way my shifts run, Uber is not an option -It cost me $50, the last time I put my car in the shop in May just to get home. (It would cost me apx. 100-300 / day)
If I stay out of work due to transportation, or lose any of my jobs due to lack of dependable transportation, this would continue to be an issue, and raise many more challenges. I am just shy of turning 54, caring, hard working, determined, but feeling a bit helpless.
As to car situation:
The timing belt has been rattling a bit, and I knew I was pushing it, trying to work to save enough money to have it fixed. So yes, I will admit that these last few months of damage lay squarely on my shoulders to blame. It let go, and I heard the pistons misfiring.
So either I get another engine for ‘05 Santa Fe or invest in another used vehicle to get me through a few more years.
Wish: based on a quick internet search prices for small SUV AWD ABS automatic start around $8000. I am looking for another small SUV, as my consumers (while can stand and pivot) need extra room, room to place the wheelchair in, good on gas, good climate control, and that is good on snowy hills (we live in an region that has all the best and worst of seasons heat/cold.
The engine for my 05’ Santa Fe is about 2000, plus labor (that is just the base if nothing else is wrong)
So if you are still reading my plea, and should you feel like helping me with this emergency, I want to express my gratitude, words that seem too small at this moment.
Just know that helping me continue to be able to work and be semi self sufficient, you are being a blessing so that I may continue to be a blessing.
An Empty Nest Mom