Thursday, August 20, 2009

Save Ashley?

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No, no I'm not clinically depressed.
I would know.
I'm a psychologist.

In essence, I'm just having a bad run of it this summer.
Last week, we threw hundreds of dollars into a broken H.V.A.C. unit.
Of course we had a warranty, but warranties don't cover duct work modification.

This week, our evil Volkswagen Jetta cost me my cheery disposition.

If you've been reading for a year, you'd know that last year, my Volkswagen had approximately 35,000 miles on it and the transmission died.


If you've been reading for a month, you'd know that we recently traded in my fiance's car.

Why? Because it was old and we had a perfectly good Jetta.
A Jetta with only 52,000 miles on it.
A Jetta with a new transmission.

Apparently, it was also a Jetta with a $4,000 engine problem.

Apparently, it was a Jetta with a warranty that would have covered said problem for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Said Jetta only had 52,000 miles, but said Jetta turned five in July 2009.

I called, I pleaded, I asked why they wouldn't stand behind their cars. I told them that there was no way on gods green earth that a car engine should blow up at 52,000 miles.

The Volkswagen USA workers response--
"Things break sometimes."
Oh, you mean like your face?
(I didn't say that, just thought it)

He did offer me a consolation prize. A 750 dollar voucher for the purchase of a new Volkswagen. I told him I'd rather roll around in pig lard and poke my own eyes out then to EVER drive a Volkswagen again.

His response, "Have a nice day."

Why couldn't this have happened 3 weeks ago when I still had a warranty?

I have no idea what we're going to do. We are certainly not going to put $4000 into this hunk of junk. It's barely worth $4000 in perfect condition.

We will be taking a ridiculously large hit though.
I owe $6,000 on my loan and we'll be lucky if we get 50 cents for a car with no engine.

We tried to cancel our honeymoon to absorb some of the hit we'll be taking, but the airline tickets are nonrefundable.

I may need to start a save Ashley website. =]


Bethany said...

I'm so sorry. Car stuff stinks...I totally hear you. My last car I only had for 20 months and sold it for $500. Sigh. My current car I love, but I've had to put in a new transmission...and LOTS of other stuff. Cars just don't like me!

Jaime said...

could you buy an extended warranty for less than 4 grand? maybe that would help?

or couldn't you trade in your car with that new deal and just put the extra on the payment?

i feel your pain about the vw though. mine has been in the shop three times and i have had it less than a year. blah.

don't worry it will all get better soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. Saying that sucks would be a huge understatement. Is there anyone else at VW you can talk to?

Anonymous said...

Oh, that really sucks! I know what it is like to have a junky car that costs more than it is worth. You know, it never fails that something goes wrong after the warranty expires. I wonder if car companies plan for this to happen. You know, like they do it on purpose.

Anonymous said...

Ewww...that stinks! My transmission went out a month after the warranty ran out one time. If it makes you feel better, when it rains, water comes through the dash around my steering wheel in my new telling what that means...

I'm sure it will all work out! Don't panic!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

You poor thing! I will be praying for you guys. My mom always says when it rains it pours. But the sun will come out again.

Patty Ann said...

Hope things start looking up :) Thanks for stopping by!

Wifer said...

Try talking to a supervisor that is bullpucky! Also whenever my car acts up I start to daydream about becoming Amish. Horses are so much fun!


Unknown said...

I would also look for mechanical breakdown insurance. If you speak w/your lien holder & tell them the issue they are inclined to want to help you. They don't want you upside down in the loan & they don't want to run the risk that you'll repo the car. Not that you would. Just saying that it's in their interest to help you.