Car troubles and are we the crazy ones here?

Grasshopper´s car died. It doesn´t even make that wheezy sound you get when your battery still has some juice left. And the hood got stuck so we can´t change the batery or try to fix it, like we have done in the past. The car is now officially dead.

Grasshopper now works at a 6 minute walk from work so it´s not really pressing, but he lives somewhere with bad public transport and he hates having to ask me or his friends for lifts all the time. He has had two interviews for a job in his field, and is waiting for the third and final one. That job would be much better paid, permanent and with long term prospects, but he would need a car. So, even though he wants it now, though I think we could probably wait a few weeks or until he has the other job.

We are now looking for a replacement we can pay for in cash. We planned to build our joint emergency fund before moving in together, and we were halfway through when this happened. So we are planning on spending half of that on a new-to-us car, which, in the current market will get us something not too shabby.

We first asked everyone we knew if they had a car to sell in our price range, or if they knew of anyone who did. And, though they tried to be helpful, almost all of them suggested we buy a new car. Now, in our current situation, I´m a full-time student and Grasshopper has 6 months left on his current contract, that is not a good suggestion. But when we try to point that out, they all give us excuses why we totally should.

Now are we the crazy ones here? We know we can´t put off credit forever, we will have to get a mortgage eventually, but burdening ourselves with debt at this point in our lives doesn´t make sense to us and not doing, apparently doesn´t make sense to them. Grasshopper´s dad even offered to pay for a few payments, but he won´t just give us the money to get a better used car. I don´t think that makes sense, do you?

What do you do when your friends and family insist you make certain decisions you know are not good for you?

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