Car Repairs and Financial Issues!

I decided last week to get my car fixed after the Christmas Day issues, so I dropped it in to the local garage.  I got a call later in the day with bad news about what was wrong…  three new tires, a control arm as well as the faulty alternator and battery would bring it up close to £800!  I wasn’t even sure I still wanted a car, but I guess I need to get these things fixed, even if I wanted to sell it.  A couple of days later I get a call, they can’t find the reason it keeps stopping charging.  Today I picked it up and had to pay out £938 for the repairs!

It turns out a wire behind the dashboard was cut and causing problems.  They tell me it took them around 17 hours to find this, but would only charge me one hour of labour…  so, I guess I should be happy about the costs?  Anyway, I have it back at least.

Luckily I got some good financial news yesterday, I had a statement about my bonus save and I realise I have 3, soon to be 4, years of savings.  Gradually I’ve been lowering my debts over the past 6 months having spent £6,000 on the Varadero.  It’s not been easy putting my bonus into bonus save each year, but with what I have there, technically I’m back in the black right now!  I can’t wait until next year, when I get bonus I’ll be able to withdraw my initial bonus payment, tax free!

Maybe I’ll celebrate by ordering the Google Nexus One phone I have my eye on…