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Old 07-08-2019, 08:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I do not know how much the OEM heater core was used in Arizona, but it went out at least two years ago.

If I am so worried about replacing the heater core again, I could always delete the air conditioning.

I am positive that someone has compared different brake pads, but when I searched I only found general information about the types like this: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...-for/index.htm

I wish that I could buy five sets off RockAuto, five sets (of the same brand) of rotors, take a day to test them, and see if anyone cares, but did I win Publisher's Clearinghouse?

No!

[I had so many plans!]

I wish that I could buy five heater cores, examine then, and then what? Pressure test them?

By the way, I keep seeing Dave Ramsey fans telling people to use Uber or Lyft. The default settings in this calculator say I would spend over a quarter million dollars over ten years using Uber or Lyft: Ride or Drive. Somehow it estimates that I will save 40% by owning my own car. It asks about my loan, but has a checkbox for "I own my car outright."

Even though I told it I bought my $1,550 vehicle outright, it still showed me having a 2019 car worth $30,000 and a loan. When I fixed that it reset my 38 MPG to 25. It estimates $1,000 per year for repairs, but I average less than half that. It estimates $600 for insurance and that would probably be accurate if I only had one car.

I do not know where it got its gas prices, it says $2.30, but here it is $2.75, which is also the national average. $500 a year for parking? I doubt that I have paid $500 in my life. Property tax on garage?

You mean the gravel next to the driveway?

It says $72.75 yearly for registration and taxes. I renewed my Civic for five years for $65.50.

I was being optimistic.

"Other garage expenses."

Name one.

It now shows $11,615 yearly to own my own car. By default I spend an hour in my car every day and my time is worth $20.

I would love a self-driving car or a chauffeur, I could write my session notes between clients and still go straight from one to another.

Does anyone include tires in repairs? Costco charges $459.4 for set of 4 Michelin Defenders. They are rated for 80,000 miles, but I doubt that any salesman would look at tires with 60,000 miles and say they are good for another 20,000 miles.

If one tire picks up a nail too close to the sidewall and you need to replace it, which of you would only replace the one, possibly with a used tire?

If you figure that for whatever reason you will replace them in 60,000 miles and you drive 12,000 miles a year, that is $91.88 yearly.

I added that to the repairs. $11,707 a year to own and drive my own car, but aside from the notes, I do not really know what I would do while commuting. Read a book instead of listening to one?

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Old 07-08-2019, 11:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There's differences in different types of brake pads, but there's not differences in the same brake pads with different warranties. Like buying a warranty for bleach. How would it be defective, it's bleach. If it was defective, I'd just get more bleach, though it's highly unlikely to be defective.

I buy ceramic brake pads for vehicles I intend to keep a long time, but for vehicles I don't intend to keep for 10 years, I'll buy the cheap semi-metallic, with no extended warranty.

Heater cores; they're made of aluminum, right? What would a super expensive one have over a cheap one? I suppose it could have thicker aluminum. Weigh them to tell which one has more material? Seems like one of those things that the Chinese would just make an exact copy of the OEM part (which also probably was made in China).

Uber instead of own a vehicle- probably fine for an urbanite that doesn't ever go hiking. How do you Uber a ride up an old logging road? I'd be all about it if I made good use of time and could discipline myself into being productive while being chauffeured to my destination.
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I do not see how I could have afforded ride sharing in the Phoenix area, thirteen work trips a week, up to half an hour apart. According to Ride Guru, a 20-mile ride that would take 29 minutes would cost $25 through Uber. Lyft would be $26, something called TotalRide would be $38, and a taxi would be $54. I did not always need to drive half an hour, but I had plenty of forty-five-minute drives, and a few that were sixty minutes, and not because of construction or other delays.

$25 x 13 = $325.

Per week.

Page didn't have either, but it was 1.4 miles. I probably should have ridden my bike.

We have Lyft up here and it would cost $27 for a 21-mile and 28-minute ride. I have averaged 10 hours a week, so it would cost at least $200 a week, and if I ever maintained twenty hours a week, it could be $400 - $500 weekly.

I have been seeing clients for just over a year. I may someday average twenty hours a week, but it is entirely possible that I would not. If I did, that would be much more than I have ever earned, and it would open up some pleasant opportunities.

Or not-so-pleasant. I have not been to grad school, I cannot say, but with a Master's I could get a 10-month SLP salary job up here starting at $50,000, see another five clients in-town, and that would be worth well over an additional $10,000 yearly. If I worked summers at the hospital it would pay $5,000 a month.

All that I want to do is speech therapy, but I look for relevant jobs almost every day. I have only ever seen one opening up here, it would have paid less, and the day after the owner hired someone, she moved out of state.

The business did not survive.

The other day I looked through Craigslist and Indeed for a second job--any job. There were not many jobs that paid better than what I currently earn, and each of them would require another two years of school or training.

Maybe I should pick up some minimum wage job until I figure out how to be worth more, but tonight I went through Indeed again, and I went further back than 30 days.

I found a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant posting from almost three months ago. It does not specify pay or hours, but honestly, that is not especially important. It says part-time, so if I could see students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and maintain my current schedule, I can survive off my normal pay. I would hate to work for minimum wage, but even $11 an hour, and 10 hours a week would be $300 or so more than I currently earn each month (after taxes and everything).

More importantly, hopefully I could finally apply to Northern Arizona's summers-only program, and hopefully, for the first time in my career, I would have an actively supervising supervisor that could help me be a better therapist.

I redid my résumé and applied. I hope to hear back soon!
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Best price: $45.80 from Car ID on eBay.
Since I could not find any information than this one is sold at the most places, I went ahead and ordered. It should be here around the sixteenth.
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How did you track down the actual manufacturer? Google does not show many results for the part number and everything just says Honda. Napa, AutoZone, and O'Reilly's only show the Spectra core. RockAuto has:

UAC $38.79
OSC $51.99
APDI/PRO $52.79
Spectra Premium $54.99

[plus shipping]

Curiously, when I tried to research Honda heater cores, I found a thread about replacing them in classic Mustangs--nothing said Mustang until I read a bit.

The consensus was that replacing heater cores is easy without air conditioning, but AC makes it terrible.
I don’t precisely remember how I found the OE supplier. I am almost positive it would have been from a message board. But now that I think about it, I imagine it’s a lot easier to find that kind of info on a maintenance item than on something like a heater core. I’ll poke around a bit.

EDIT: yup, harder than I had thought. I have found out that the radiator is a Denso unit, so I suspect the heater core might be as well. If that’s so, Denso no longer makes it.
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