* update below
Oh no… 🙁
My car is at the shop right now.
I couldn’t start my car.
If I start it, then engine will not stay idle (it dies).
First I took it to local Firestone, but they gave up.
I mean, after 2 hours, they told me "I’m sorry, we tried"
I still had to pay $25.00 for diagnose.
So, I called the towing truck. I don’t have AAA, so I spent $50 (+ $10 tip). I towed it to Toyota independent dealer.
They will call me tomorrow with estimate. They will charge $83.00 just to look at my car. So, I am guaranteed to spend $168.00. Then I will pay for repair. So, I will be lucky if I spend $300.00 total.
So, what can I do? I will pay whatever they estimate. If they estimate $300.00, I will pay $300.00. If they estimate $900.00, I will pay $900.00.
I hate this… I feel vulnerable.
I was too distracted that I forgot to bring my camera.
So, I don’t even have pictures to share.
What a day… I hope I don’t spend too much money tomorrow.
I hope they will be able to fix my car GOOD.
FYI: I have 2002 Toyota Camry, and it’s been good to me so far.
They replaced starter & flushed fuel injection system. With towing and everything, I spent total $578.51. I am sick to my stomach.
With thanksgiving & christmas shopping… I think I spend more money this month than I make. This is why I have savings account, but it’s painful.
* Update #2
4 days after the incident. I went back to the local Firestone. And got $24.99 refunded – because they didn’t fix my car. So, I spent total $553.52.