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Be careful of wearing out your car windows; I just found out what a new window regulator costs to install. The same day I was taking my car home after getting some repairs for inspection, on the way home a back seat window wouldn’t go all the way back up. I tried a Youtube trick on it, holding the button up and slamming the door, but that did nothing. (Online this guy was recommending using WD-40 on each window as a precaution against sticking, which puts a burden on the motor; I know I’ll be doing that with my cars from now on.)

So I went back to the car repair place the next day to see if they could fix it. I would have been satisfied without an actual fix, if they could just close the window. I’d just never open it again! But no, it wouldn’t budge for them and for security I have to have it repaired. Hundreds for the part and labor.

My car is so old it is becoming a problem just finding the parts. On the other hand, the engine and transmission are running great, and I have extremely low mileage on it. But I’ve been back at the shop about 4 times now for outer mechanical stuff. First they had trouble getting the part, then it didn’t work. A connecting circuit was burned out as well, so they had to search for that. Another delay.

This has driven me to car hunting online in earnest. But I’m so undecided about what to buy — not to mention how to buy it. I want to avoid these cars with CVT transmissions, which the car guys say are cheaper for the manufacturer but bad for the consumer, due to driving differences and expensive repairs when these transmissions have problems.

So all Civics, Accords, and I think even Corollas have them if they’re 2014-15 or later. Those unfortunately are the cars I wanted to get.

I’m now considering Toyota Camry. I think it’s a little bigger car and I’d have to get used to it. I’m short and am not great at “edge perception” when in a car, so a small car is really better for me. My sister tried to shake me loose from sticking to only Honda and Toyota, so I will have to think about that too.

I don’t know how people are buying used cars, now, when all the main listings are online but they cover the entire country. They obviously can’t ship a car in just for a test drive. Guess I have to talk to some local dealers and see what’s going on.

posted on Aug 20, 2020 10:09 AM ()


I have lizards and hobos all around in Fort Lauderdale!! (But that doesn't cover the car insurance!!)
comment by greatmartin on Aug 21, 2020 3:29 PM ()
Now seems to be a good time to buy a new car if one is in the market. Our toyota dealer is advertising 49 dollars and the payment on the window which is low. Our 2013 Prius has never given us any grief and we have less than 30 thousand miles on it. We have decided if we ever get to go on a road trip again, we will rent a luxury car. The Prius does not cushion these old bones.
comment by elderjane on Aug 21, 2020 5:10 AM ()
I wish I had a car---with or without windows!!!
My problem isn't buying the car--my problem is that I don't have the money for car insurance!!
comment by greatmartin on Aug 20, 2020 2:58 PM ()
Maybe we could remove the windows from my Honda and I could make you a deal. But you might find lizards and hobos in it every morning.
reply by drmaus on Aug 20, 2020 7:38 PM ()
When I bought my car from CarMax, they had free shipping on some of the online cars to bring them from other parts of the country, presumably even if I didn't buy it once it got here because they knew someone else in this area would be interested in that particular vehicle.

Best of luck - just think, if only that window would have closed, you could put this off awhile more.
comment by traveltales on Aug 20, 2020 2:48 PM ()
Winter is coming, as if you haven't heard that before. Since I have to have a car for work I think I'd better not put it off too long.
reply by drmaus on Aug 20, 2020 7:24 PM ()
Edge perception is my problem too. I've finally gotten better at judging. I drive a 2009 Hyundai. Ed has a 2017 Toyota Highlander I am not allowed to drive. That's okay. I pronounce you man and car. Anyway, the electronics on new cars are daunting.
comment by tealstar on Aug 20, 2020 1:38 PM ()
Wow, that's a really old Hyundai. You must maintain it well. Wish I could go back in time and treat my car better.
reply by drmaus on Aug 20, 2020 7:18 PM ()

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