This story begins with a man. A quite brilliant man, in the realm of school and SAT scores and answers to any and all Jeopardy! questions. This gift of knowledge unfortunately does not translate into the financial realm of this man's life. This could be in part why his choice for a wife was a psycho penny watching budgeter. Wise choice, man. Wise choice.
This is not a happy story however. This is a cautionary tale of not letting your spouse do something insane.
A mere 7 months ago, Aaron had a perfectly working VW Rabbit that was totally paid off, had no problems whatsoever and was able to meet his needs for a vehicle just fine.
Aaron, being the impulsive guy that he is, got a bug up his butt one day and decided he wanted to drive a Saab, just like Jerry Seinfeld drove on his 90's show. He's clearly a big fan and likes to emulate things he sees on TV. It also should be noted that during the downturn of the economy the Saab auto company traded hands several times, and ultimately went bankrupt, but now they are owned I believe by a Chinese company that is taking the brand to electric only vehicles.(?) So yeah, it is a weird car that no one drives, no one is making parts for, etc.
Well just Aaron's luck, a dumpy car lot had a Saab in their inventory, and Aaron (with the bug up his butt) decides to trade in the Rabbit for this Saab. He sort of asked my permission beforehand, and I gave him a laundry list of reasons why this is a terrible idea but left the decision up to him. That was my bad. I should have just said no. He used the words 'dream car'. I wish I were joking.
This Saab is a 2001 with 130,000K on it. No, that isn't a typo, the mileage is in kilometers, because I think it originally came from Canada. I know.
So they took Aaron's Rabbit and gave him the Saab plus $3500 cash to even the trade. Dream car proceeds to take all that money on random repairs it ends up needing right out of the gate.
So that is that, Aaron's dream car is turning into a nightmare, and then one day it just doesn't start. We have it towed to the mechanic across the street, and they figure after like 3-4 days that it is a computer problem, and it needs to go to a dealer with a Saab computer. There is ONE in this entire city of nearly 5 million people. So it gets towed over to that place. They keep the car for like 3 weeks trying to figure out the problem, and finally it is concluded that the engine needs replacing. $4000 bucks.
Since we don't have $4000 bucks, we scraped together every penny we collectively had and had to go on Saturday and get a new car. They gave Aaron $300 to trade in his broken car. Whomp whomp.
And if he does this again, all he is getting is a bus pass, I don't even care!
Lord, give me strength.