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20/20 Posts of the Week- Ecstatic about a $300 Car Repair

Bad environmental car

The last few months have not been great for our 2008 Altima. It broke down earlier this summer, and for the last month or so has been so loud that I feel like Jethro and Ellie May going down the road. You’ll have to excuse my ignorance in car jargon as you read the story.

We assumed it was something with the muffler, so we too it to a muffler shop. The muffler guy said it was more of an internal exhaust leak, and he only worked on external things. We let it go for a few more weeks, but it was really getting loud, and Jim started to smell exhaust when the car was idling.

Yesterday, I took the car in to a local mechanic shop, hoping for a easy fix. I did not get my wish. When I got the news, I had to call Jim and tell him we had a cracked cataclysmic corroborator, which he corrected to catalytic converter. (I like my word better)

Anyway, to order a new CC plus labor to install it, the cost was around $1000. The mechanic seemed pained to tell me this, but not as pained as it felt to think about dropping a grand for an unexpected car repair. He then told me that he was willing to try and weld it. He would have to take it apart to see how bad the crack was, but if the weld worked, the cost would be around $250.

Of course, I Googled the CC part to see if it would damage the car or if it driving with a crack was only going to ruin our hearing and give us a little carbon monoxide exposure. I got all kinds of mixed reports. Best case, it was just loud, and we were spewing pollution into the environment. Worst case was something about the O2 stats being off and it might destroy the engine. OK, let’s try the weld and hope for the best.

I must have done enough good deeds this week, because the mechanic was able to weld the cracked CC, and our car is gloriously quiet and odor free now. The cost was just under $300, and I was ecstatic to pay that. Maybe all repair shops should start out with a four figure worst case scenario, and then no one would complain about the bill.

Guest Posts

I had two fine guest posts this week.

Pauline at Make Money Your Way wrote How to Attract and Retain Advertisers for Your Blog.

Kyle from Rather Be Shopping offered 6 Ways to Be a Smarter Shopper


Carnival of Money Pros at Rather Be Shopping

Carnival of Financial Independence, 27th Edition at Bite the Bullet Investing.


These wonderful bloggers were kind enough to share my posts this week. I hope your cataclysmic corroborators stay uncracked,

Mom and Dad Money, Stacking Benjamins, Young Adult Money, Monster Piggy Bank, and Student Debt Survivor

And it looks like I missed some pings from Money and Potatoes from month’s past. Sorry! Let me know if I missed anyone else.

Fun Search Terms

Dish network cancellation and satellite eye– Sounds very big brother like.

attitude changes everything with fries– Especially McDonald’s ones!

cost of er visit for bug bite– Way too much!

get farther in life by not caring- How would you know how far you are if you don’t care?

how to sneak dinner into a movie– Just eat before you go.

20/20 Posts of the Week

It Started With Lip Gloss. Go check out Tonya’s new blog to find out what started.

Should We Buy a Co-op? at Living Rich Cheaply. If you can get around the busy bodies, I would say yes.

I’m Poor and It’s All My Fault at The Broke and Beautiful Life. Is living your dream worth being poor? It can be if you avoid racking up debt along the way.

How to Find Freelance Jobs (My Best Tips) at Single Mom’s Income. Everything you need besides a thick skin, which you’ll have to develop on your own.

Ask the Readers: Is Downgrading to a Beater Car a Mistake? At A Young Pro. Not if the cataclysmic corroborator works well!

Have a great weekend! Any car repairs lately?

Image: Freedigitalphotos.net/Paul

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Phew. Its not often that a car repair ends with a happy ending!!

    Loving the links as ever, specifically the “I’m poor and its all my fault” post. Another blog to add to the Bloglovin’…

  2. That’s so good that it wasn’t too costly. Car repairs scare me!

  3. Car repairs always seem to be expensive! I thought I needed a timing belt replacement on my wife’s (17 year old ) car, but the mechanic told me it was done 17K miles ago. She doesn’t drive much so it was years ago. I feel like I dodged a big bullet because it cost $600-700.

  4. Thanks for the advice and mention! Glad the cost of the repair wasn’t as bad as originally thought. A few years back, I had a 1997 Altima which broke down on the road a week before my wedding. It was already a stressful time. I had to pay $1000 for a repair which I suspect would have cost less but I would have had to tow my car to another mechanic if I didn’t like his price!

  5. What a relief it was so much less. I think with cars I do that now which is expect the worst and project it being really, really expensive, so something like $300 does’t seem so bad. But sorry it had to happen at all! Car repairs are such a huge drag! Thanks SO much for mentioning our new website!!!

  6. Thanks for the mention! I hope my corroborator is okay….

  7. Having a new car is my irresponsible splurge in life. Because I can’t handle car repairs. I like your name better than the proper name. Maybe your side hustle can be to create new names for car parts that are more fun. Not sure how you would get paid though. Hmmmm. Glad to see you escaped with three figures.

  8. Ugg car repairs are the worst. Even “a little” carbon monoxide exposure sounds scary. Glad you got it fixed inexpensively.

  9. Thanks for sharing! Sometimes I wish I were more handy so I could deal with car and house problems myself- imagine, no repair bills.

  10. Thanks for the great read! I loved it! 🙂

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