Hi everyone -
I'm a new member of this board, but I've been looking at this site for a while now and would like to say thanks to all the posters - the advice given and all the information provided has been such a great help for me as I plan for my first cross-country trip that I will be taking this July.
To describe it briefly, I plan to spend a month traveling from upstate NY to CA and back. The first leg of the trip I plan to take a southernly route through Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, then head back home across the northern part of the country.
A recent post asked for advice about specific cars good for long-distance driving, so I wanted to ask a question I've been debating in my head for a while. My Plymouth has about 125,000 miles, but it is reliable and my mechanic assured me I shouldn't have any problems taking it this big trip. The only part of it that isn't quite reliable is the AC which doesn't function properly all the time (and it has been checked/fixed a couple of times, without the exact problem being pinpointed). My concern is that it'll go when I'm in the desert (where I plan to spend a good deal of time).
Ideally, I would rent a car, but it would cost roughly $3000 since I am less than 25 years old. If it came down to it, I could afford it, but it's just so high for a month rental.
I guess my question is should I look for a newer car to purchase and take on my trip? Or should I stick it out with my current one - make sure the AC is working before I depart and hope it doesn't fail in the desert? Or do I spend the money and rent a car?
I've been leaning towards selling my car and buying a used one (I'm on a limited budget - I could probably only spend $5000 max on a newer car); however, something tells me its not time to get rid of my current car yet.
Thanks for any thoughts you might have. I appreciate it.