For once in my life I am looking forward to this year’s tax season. When we get our tax return we will be able to finally get a safe vehicle we can call our own. Prior to the Joplin tornado my family had a 1980 Crown Victoria as our vehicle. It wasn’t the best ride, but it was still ours. Our vehicle was totaled during the tornado. When that happened we weren’t quite sure what we were going to do. Clothes, and items can be easily replaced. A vehicle? Not so much. Luckily we had family support which gave us a temporary vehicle. We are now driving a 1991 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer. At first the SUV was a dream. Now it is a nightmare.
My biggest fear since beginning to drive as a teen was getting into an automobile accident. I’m sure you’ve seen the stories of people in the news of people who are injured in an accident. A couple days ago on my local news there was a story of a man who died when his car slammed into a tree. In September a mustang crossed the path of a semi-truck which resulted in the death of the passengers in the car. It breaks my heart every time a new story comes on. I never want to be that person who has to begin the automobile accident lawsuit process towards another person. I don’t want that to happen to me either.
When we were donated the Eddie Bauer we were not made aware of all of the issues the SUV has. In addition to only having 9.4 miles per gallon, the SUV has had over $5000 worth of work put into the vehicle. The rear axle, fuel pump, & windshield now needs to be replaced. This has left us with a vehicle which isn’t exactly the safest to take outside of city limits. Any time we need to go out of town we have to get a friend or family member to take us. It isn’t exactly the best situation to be in. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate what our family has done for us. They helped us in a way others couldn’t. I have to think of my family’s safety first and the Eddie Bauer is not safe. Putting money into more repairs for the SUV isn’t cost effective for our budget. It is time for a change.
When our landlord asked if we knew of anyone who needed a vehicle it felt like destiny. Our landlord has been more than a landlord. She has been looking out for us since we moved in. She understands the struggles we have had with getting back on our feet. The vehicle is my landlord’s sons who got another vehicle for their 17th birthday. It’s a 2001 Ford Taurus. My landlord’s family also happens to own the largest auto dealership in town. Do I feel secure in this vehicle? You betcha. Our tax return cannot come soon enough. I am ready to be in a vehicle I can rely on.
About the author: Desiree Morris is a stay at home mom and blogger behind The Miracle Momma. Originally started as a blog to discuss the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, The Miracle Momma has grown into a resource for women looking for recipes, reviews, tutorials, and much more.
This is a sponsored guest post written by Desiree, sponsored by Personal Injury Personal Answers.