So when we went to Jamaica last week, BF and I left his car at my parents' house (since they were watching the dog for us). When we got back, it started up without a problem and we drove it home on Sunday evening. Monday morning I went out to get us breakfast, and it didn't start. The battery wasn't dead (radio and lights worked just fine). We're pretty sure it's the starter, because we've had trouble starting it MANY times before. I told BF months ago that he needed to get it fixed, because sooner or later it would stop working. He didn't listen, and (of course) I was right.
We missed puppy class on Monday night because we didn't have a way to get there (taking a cab there would be ridiculously expensive, and the train doesn't allow dogs during peak hours). I paid $230 for this class and do not want to miss another session. BF has it in his head that the car will start once it warms up a little, but the warmest day this week is supposed to be Sunday, and even that is just in the 30's. If it doesn't start then, we're screwed, because there would be no way to get it fixed before the puppy class on Monday night. Even if it DOES start, it still needs to be fixed, because I don't want to get stranded someplace next time it fails to start. BF agrees, but is hoping to avoid paying $100 for a tow truck (which is what he was quoted). He was also quoted $350 over the phone, if the starter needs to be replaced.
I know BF is pretty broke right now, and wishes he didn't have to spend the money - but some expenses can't be avoided! Although I haven't said this to him, I'm getting really frustrated because the big problem is, he just doesn't make enough money at the start up he works for. He wants to hang in there as long as he can to see if the company takes off, but it's really inconvenient at times like this, when unexpected expenses arise. Now - even though I told him many times that I don't want or expect any birthday presents tomorrow - I'm feeling guilty that we're going out to eat and drink with friends, when he's likely have to spend hundreds of dollars on his car this week.
Ugh. I've had a pit in my stomach about these car/money issues since Monday and it sucks. Just needed to vent to you guys. Thanks for reading/listening.