I wished that this was all a dream but sadly, it wasn’t.
On a Saturday afternoon, about 4:30-5:00 pm (PST), I was napping. I suddenly awoke to screams of distress from my family. I thought, “what the hell is going on? are we being robbed?!”. I walked outside to see the front of my car in flames with thick gray smoke being emitted from the hood of the car. My dad was fighting the fire with a hose. I then grabbed another hose to help out but it seemed to make things worse. We immediately called 911 and the fire department arrived within 5 minutes. As they attempted to put out the fire, I stood there in disbelief. They couldn’t get the hood to open and had to saw it open.
About 10 minutes later, the fire subsided. I was relieved but in shock; I still couldn’t believe it. The Fire Captain came up to us to get some information so that they could file a report. What’s interesting is that I had the alternator replaced on Wednesday this week because the car wouldn’t start. The fire could have been started by an electrical error, they said. Another possibility was a leak from a fuel injector. In the pic below you can see the alternator next to the fuel injectors.
After getting info, they informed us that the report will be done in a few days. Now, I’ll have to wait for the report to report to the insurance company. Hopefully, they’ll be generous. You’ll also find it funny that my insurance expires this month on the 14th. Below is the bill; I guess I don’t have to worry about paying it.
What’s also disheartening is the amount of money I spent on the car. The vehicle is a 95′ Pontiac Grand Am and I’ve had it for about two years. Within those two years the problems came one after the other. First, came the overheating issues which caused leaks. The problem was a damaged heater-core. Next, the ignition stopped working. I had to get that replaced along with the battery. After that, I had to get the air-conditioning fixed, since Summer time was coming along; living in a desert you can see how this can be a problem. The compressor had to be replaced which was very costly. Two months later, one of my tires went flat and I had to replace them all. The last repair was on Wednesday, September 8. My car wouldn’t start and I had to get it towed to a shop to have the alternator replaced. In the pic below, you can see all the bottles of water I kept from when my car was overheating, the old compressor on the left, the tire jack I used when I had a flat, and the green jumper cable I used back then when I had the ignition problem and recently when the alternator died.
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Working part-time and earning a couple of dollars above minimum wage, car problems have eaten my bi-weekly checks and drained my bank account to a few hundred dollars. I’m positive it’ll all work out. I’m just glad this tragedy didn’t happen while I was driving or away from home. Life is worth more than anything in this world.
I still wish that this was all a dream but sadly, it wasn’t and I have to move forward.
Though, my family and I were unharmed physically, this has brought a financial burden to me especially.
I’m asking for your help. Please give what you can. I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!
Thank you for taking the time to read this 🙂