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$7100 For A Transmission

Alex Kessinger


  I drive a 2013 Chevy Cruze. I've only owned it for a couple of months. I used to drive a 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback. I'm renting that car out full-time on Turo (basically Airbnb, but for cars). The idea was to turn my car into an asset. I love cars, always have, and if I could justify owning nice cars without losing too much money to depreciation, I'm all in. So, I lent out my Audi and bought my little Chevy.

  Surprisingly it's been a great car! It gets better gas mileage, and it's a manual transmission. To me, that's a plus. However, about a month ago, I started having trouble getting into first and second gear. It's progressed to the point where I get stressed out every time I come to a complete stop. It's only a matter of time before I get stranded. So I decided to take it to the shop. I thought, "It's just one gear having an issue. It can't be that bad to fix. Maybe a grand?" 71 Benjamins later. My jaw was open, and my mind was blown. The real kicker to the story is that I bought the car for $5,000.

  What's the moral of this story? Don't buy a car from someone who doesn't speak the same language as you? Don't rent out your car in the first place? Or this could be a chance to learn to accelerate from third gear. Who needs first? One thing is for sure, I'm not paying $7100 to fix a $5000 car.