Help Us Replace Our Old Car!

Update posted by JoNina Ervin On Sep 20, 2018

So, today, we had two cars that we were interested in looking at for possible purchase inspected by a mobile mechanic. Both cars were being sold by the same used car dealer. The mechanic reported that one car needs $4,000 worth of work!!! He said the second car is a good car and that we should buy it, even though, according to him, it will not pass state inspection without almost $600 in repairs, which he said he could handle. The mechanic said he talked the dealer into reducing the price of the second car by $400. We did not hire the mechanic to negotiate with the dealer and suspect that the two may have engaged in collusion. We paid the mechanic for his work, but we will not hire him again. If you live in the Kansas City metro area, please give us the name(s) of reputable used car dealers in the area or tell us about websites that may help us. Hit us up in our inboxes on Facebook---JoNina Abron Ervin and Lorenzo Komboa Ervin.

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we really can use your help in contributing money that we can use for car inspections by a mechanic, and to pay for a tuneup and other expenses for when we first get the car. Some of these people will sell you a car with major defects, which you would have to pay for. We know we will have to maintain the vehicle, but don’t want to be trapped with a lemon with transmission problems, which would cost thousands $$. A mechanical inspection is crucial. My husband has not visited the VA or another clinic since this car went down.

JoNina Ervin

Update posted by Sep 24

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Update posted by JoNina Ervin On Sep 15, 2018

After eliminating cars that were in accidents, had tampered odometer readings, were previously in flood zones, or were originally rental cars, we’ve found some cars we’re interested in buying. We’ve researched these cars as much as possible on Carfax, Safer Cars.gov, and Vehicle History.com. They look good on paper. But, used car experts recommend that before buying a used car, you should have it inspected by a qualified mechanic. We failed to do this when we bought our last used car, and within 30 days, the car had serious mechanical problems. We don’t want to make the same mistake again, so to avoid buying a “lemon,” we want to get the cars we’re considering inspected before we go look at them ourselves. These inspections will cost from $70 to $105 per car.

We have enough money to buy a car. We do not have enough money to pay for the inspections, and any repairs that may needed (like new tires). In addition, some of the cars we’re considering are in suburban Kansas City. Depending on the distance, we may have to pay for transportation to go see these cars (if they pass inspection), or to have the cars towed to our house. We need your continued donations to help pay for these expenses.


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Update posted by JoNina Ervin On Jul 02, 2018

We want to thank everyone who has donated money to help us replace our old car. So far, in less than two weeks, we've raised $1,435, nearly one-third of our campaign goal of $5,000. We still need help. It's hard out here for senior citizens without a car! These days, Lorenzo can barely walk without extreme pain, and I am the only driver. We send our love and respect to all who have helped us and ask that others contribute what they can to help us get back on the road.--JoNina Ervin

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It’s a real hardship for us to get around town without a car. JoNina Ervin

JoNina Ervin

Update posted by Aug 02

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We’re Making Progress! Thanks again to veryone who has contributed to helping us replace our old car. Your generosity has helped us raised almost $2,000 so far. We wanted to let you know that we are working hard doing research on what to do and what not to do when buying a use car. Among other things, we are: 1. comparing the advantages and disadvantages of buying a car from a dealer vs. buying from a private owner. 2. learning what to look for when inspecting a used car. 3. learning how to properly read a vehicle identification (VIN) report, and finding sources to get VIN reports free of charge. Missouri has pretty weak “lemon” laws, and we are doing our best to make sure we don’t to buy a “lemon.” We’ll keep you up to date. If you know of someone who may want to donate to our campaign, please share the campaign link with them.

JoNina Ervin

Update posted by Jul 19

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