Lately I’ve been having mechanical problems with my 2006 Toyota Corolla (automatic transmission). The exhaust pipe has a weird sound which turns On and Off like an act of magic. Taken it twice to the repair shop with no positive effects. This bothers me greatly. I’m allergic to uncomfortable noises.
The other problem was a faulty suspension sphere. It was replaced, no problem, but the bill was as huge as Mount Everest. My pocket went bananas. Then there was a problem with the suspension system on the left side of the vehicle. It’s still there. My budget has been strained to the limit. No alternative, but to hold out until the wallet recovers.
After bumping into all these mechanical problems, my wife and I sat on the kitchen table to figure out if we could afford a new car and avoid future costly repairs. We decided to go window shopping and find out what was available out there within our means. A Hyundai Elantra model seems to be a good choice. So we hopped into our Toyota and drove over to explore the characteristics of the South Korean Hyundai.
Below are several pictures of the dream machine and its price. We haven’t made the final decision yet. We would have to sell our current car and determine where to get the remaining unpaid balance. We have to careful with this financial transaction. Living with a retiree budget is like wearing a straightjacket, you don’t have much maneuvering space. You’re stuck with what you earn, no COLAs (Cost of Living Allowance).
I’m not going to bore with the technical specifications of this beauty, except to say that it has a 1.6 lts motor, 16 valves DOHC, Dual CVT. It has a power of 130 HP/6,300 rpm, electronic power steering, and automatic transmission. The warranty is five years or 125,000 kilometers—whichever comes first.
The price of the automobile is (drums rolling)…$19,495.00 including taxes. Price includes tinted windows and a set of floor carpets. There is also an extra charge of $167.16 to process the license plate with the Municipality of Panama.
I couldn’t close this blog post without thanking Mr. Paredes for an extraordinary sales performance during our visit. All our inquires were fully answered and then some. He even showed us around their installations, including the repair shop where service is given to their vehicles. Everything was neat and organized. We came out very well impressed with what we saw.
Now the ball is in our court. Need to determine when and where the “greenbacks” will be coming from. At this moment the project is placed inside “dream box”. The next step is to make the dream come true. That requires a lot of work and ingenuity as you probably know. I can wait. Over the years I’ve learned to be a patient man. Good Day.