What Would You Do? Car Breakdown!
Click, click, click, click was all my car could muster when I turned the key.
The headlights seemed to work fine as did the electric windows and the blinkers, but there was obviously something electrically wrong with the car.
I don’t know much about cars. I’m willing to learn how to do simple tasks like change my oil or replace a burnt out headlight, but this situation definitely seemed like a job I need to leave to a professional. I don’t even really know what’s wrong with my car. One of my neighbors suggested it may be as simple as corrosion on the battery posts (which I cannot see because the geniuses at Chrysler put the battery in a very hard to access place inside the front passenger wheel well), but also suggested it may be the alternator. Other family members have mentioned the fuel pump and the starter as well. My heart is hoping for the battery, but my head tells me it’s the alternator.
From what I can tell from searching the internet a new alternator would cost me about $600 at the dealership. I’m sure I could get a better price elsewhere, and would love to shop around, but it’s hard to shop around when I really don’t know what is wrong with the vehicle. For lack of a better plan, when the tow truck driver arrived I told him to tow me to my dealership.
The question is, do I just have the dealership diagnose what is wrong with my vehicle, and then shop around for the best price and have it towed again. Or, since its already sitting in the dealership’s parking lot do I just grin and bear whatever price it’ll take to get my car on the road again?
What would you do?
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.