Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Car woes... and how!

Any member of my family will tell you that Curran's + Cars = plain bad luck. Some of my most poignant memories of family outings to "town" (meaning Honolulu) were of our 15 passenger van over-heating on the way, with all 8 kids inside. You realize this is only one of the many incidences I remember. Siblings, please add your comments to this and all of the dear, sweet reflections that come to your mind. One of the reasons we've struggled with lemons is the fact that my parents continually bought very old and very used cars. Bless their hearts, we were never a wealthy family. But tell me, who is that chooses to have 8 children?!
Anyhow, my recent auto situation caused me to reflect on all of those years of old, run-down cars. Right around x-mas and all of the crazy snow, my car began having problems starting - especially on those oh-so-cold mornings. I had it jumped on more than one occasion, but always worried about the worse-case scenario (hundred of dollars plunked down on my car). Having a 2005 automobile, I thought those days were over. Well, for the last month I have been worried that I would have to shell out mucho dinero for this very beloved car. Today I was sweetly surprised. I went to consult with the folks at Auto Zone, where they tested my battery, alternator and starter and deduced that it was indeed the battery. My first question, "How much will that cost?" I hadn't replaced one since the last car and thought maybe it would change with a newer car. Not so. The dear thing only cost me $69.99. Oh friends, I am loved. This I Know. I would not have been able to afford anything else, and I was indeed so thankful.
Thanks to the folks at Auto Zone for installing it for me too (not a usual thing, I'm told). They made a stressed young lady awfully happy. Hooray!

6 comments:

Heidi said...

And now you can use this in a Relief Society lesson about faith and scripture study or something.

I'm glad it was just your battery! Hooray for Auto Zone!

Kalli Ko said...

and what a nice treat that is. man i hate cars. the curran family sounds like my family...

The blogging Bakers said...

Ahh!!! How the Stubblefield's had those same car woes growing up. It's a sad thing when history repeats itself. When will we ever learn?

Shannon said...

Glad it's not to pricey of a thing for them to get your car going the way it's supposed to.

Man-o-man! I remember the days of having to hurry and get out of the car to push it to the side of the road, in the middle of a busy street. Or praying that the light would stay green so we could cruise through it, because if we stopped at a red light the car would stall or die. Ah! The momories!!

Caiti said...

I am not a lover of those crappy car days (though they continue for m&d still). But one thing I did learn is how to pump the clutch on a slanted driveway and get the car to start. Wow...ingenious! The other memories I'll try to forget. ;)

Mama Cher, Ok, fine, it's Sharon said...

I'm sure they installed the battery for you because you are so cute! Remember the rental car in HI? It helps to be cute! (even though we were kinda rough at that moment!)