...which leaves us in a bit of a pickle.

“Uh, what the hell are you talking about? Where have you been for the last few years? Why are you asking yourself questions?”

All great observations, self! I’ll answer those questions, and probably create a whole bunch of new ones!

So, about a year and a half ago, I finally got a job. I was working in a large engine block machine shop for a very prominent Fortune 500 company that makes construction equipment. Due to some EXTREMELY strict attendance policies, I was fired last week.

On top of that, the Mrs. had someone run into her, and cause juuuuust enough damage to total out the car. It was a beige 99 Camry XLE V6 with only 165k miles on it, and it probably would have gone double that before we needed to replace it. Which would have been awesome, since a paid for car is a paid for car. We’re getting close to $4,000 for the car, plus a few hundred in medical reimbursements.

The trouble is that she’s being a little specific on what she wants, and trying to find the perfect car at the perfect price isn’t going very well.


I’m pretty mechanically inclined, so I know what to look for with private sales, but with the need for financing, I’m looking at going through a dealer. She wants something full-sized or larger and would prefer a crossover. Also, cheap to operate and with decent gas mileage. That had me looking at Honda CR-V’s but most of them had mileage that was way above what I was looking for, or mileage right around the dreaded 95k mi T-Belt service. The problem here in San Antonio, is that ALL cars are pretty much high mileage.


I need a CR-V with less than 100k miles for under $10,000