Getting a Reliable Car?
Okay, I realize this might be a lost cause, but if anyone would know, it would be poor_skills. I live in Florida and sadly, the area I live in has no bus system. My partner works at the grocery store which is 8 miles away. Last time we found ourselves in a financial crisis, my SO was given a bike from work. However, the 16-mile trek wasn't probably very healthy, considering we don't eat very often because we're broke. lol. Plus it's pretty intensive. Anyhow, my point is this. My car, the only car we have, is a 1990 PoS. Seriously. Its got under 160K on it but its simply falling apart. Recently, I took it to get the hoses replaced and it turned into a nightmare. The brakes had been having problems and so they replaced all the brakes, but it turns out that the car needs a new master cylinder and the mechanic already advised me that putting more money into the car isn't a good idea. But I just don't know how to get another car. My vehicle's value is sub par. I would be surprised if you got $100 for it, I'm not joking. According to Kelly BlueBook or whatever, in MINT condition, it could be worth $500 and let's just say this car is in really, really bad shape. But it has awesome gas mileage (40+mpg)... I am not able to work and I'm currently not getting any income. My partner is making just-above-minimum-wage money and we can't really afford another bill every month. We only have maybe $350 in savings currently. Is there any way possible to obtain a newer, more reliable car? My car is falling apart, the brakes constantly go out, sometimes the ignition won't turn over, and it has no radio or A/C. I realize the last two aren't big issues, but in the midst of Florida's Summer Sun, it gets awfully hot. Anyway, any help or advice would be wonderful. Neither me nor my partner have any mechanical skills or know anyone with car skills, so getting something shoddy and replacing/fixing little things simply won't work.