So I snuck out of work after lunch today to go get another inspection on my truck, and I figured that since I passed the last one in October I should pass this time too after the headlight is replaced. HA HA FFFFF no. They tell me that my front shocks are leaking and need replacement, two of my tires need replacing, and that (get this) I need to have a rear cross-member replaced and possibly my frame pulled straight. This is due to running over a huge block of wood going 80 on I-45 in Texas. TWO YEARS before the first two inspections from THE SAME GARAGE, where they said nothing about my frame. I haven't hit anything bigger than a june bug since I moved here, but now it needs to be done. I can only imagine how much it would cost for a new crossmember and frame-pull.
This is the same garage btw which failed me on my first inspection due to a epoxied-in spiderweb which was behind the rear-view mirror, causing me to have to get a $250 windshield put in, and then making me pay again for the redo for being a few miles over the 1000 since the first one a couple of weeks before, and then lying to me about when they closed, causing me to walk like 2 miles up there and then 2 miles back and then SLEEP ON THE FLOOR AT MY LAB because I couldn't drive home. I only went there this time because I thought they wouldn't pull anything else out of their asses to show me. Fool me thrice I guess.
I think, based on the poor condition that this truck is in, and the lack of need for such a big hoss and it's formidable thirst for gasoline, and the high cost to get apparently necessary repairs done before I can stop ridin' dirty, it may be a better option to just buy a 'new' car.
I really, REALLY did not want to go through that right now. Especially since I just dropped a couple grand on a computer, and not in small part due to the fact that I have no time to be car shopping.
I find it funny, anecdotally, that ever since I became LJ-friends with skorzy that everything he does, I end up doing shortly after for largely independent reasons. I swear I don't want to be your mini-me! Also there's no way I am buying an SUV, I only want a car this time around.
Although for good news, I made another purchase recently that I think you'll be more interested in than my e-dork computer or a car, but I can't unwrap it until around my boifday so I'll maybe show you then.