Sorry for the lack of updates these past couple of weeks. As you can probably guess from our struggles mentioned in the last post, Andrew and I have been a bit busy trying to get things sorted out.
We have finally gotten a quote for our van…$5000! Apparently it needs a new engine, installation, a new thermostat, to have the windshield removed and rust fixed, and to have rust fixed on the side panel before it will again pass inspection that will make it driveable. While I appreciate the NZ transport agency requiring each vehicle to have a warrant of fitness and thus ensuring that every vehicle on the road meets minimum safety standards, it is a bit of a pain in the butt sometimes.
Well, one of the downsides to awesome adventures is that we have very little in terms of emergency funds to handle this large of an expense. We did look at just scrapping the van and buying something cheaper, but the van is worth around $12,000 and the cheapest reliable car we could find was around $4000…so we might as well fix it.
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