QOTD: What's Keeping You Up At Night?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd whats keeping you up at night

To make amends for the horrific, disturbing imagery no doubt stirred by the lede of my previous QOTD, I’ll state right now that nothing unsavory or perverse was keeping me up these past few nights.

Yet something was.

Bouts of insomnia aren’t uncommon, certainly not in these trying times, so I know I’m not alone in counting Oldsmobiles in a vain attempt to reach the gates of Slumberville these past couple of weeks. And of the many concerns rattling around my brain like a Mossad assassin’s bullet, I can at least say none of them were specifically automotive in nature. Which can’t be said for everyone…

Many of us lie awake at night, wondering if the deal we’ve just signed was a sensible thing to do. Maybe the monthly payment and overall ask was too great for our wallets to reasonably manage, but the temptation at the dealer was just too strong. It was a Limited model, after all, and they said they’d throw in snow tires!

Perhaps that day at the dealer is now long past, and your vehicle’s age — and depreciation — is progressing faster than your efforts to erase the loan balance. You’re upside down, and rolling what remains into a new vehicle will mean less frills when it comes time to pick out your new ride, plus even more negative equity than before.

Just as common, and perhaps more likely, is the fitful rest that comes when a paid-off vehicle you’ve owned just a little too long is making a noise. How expensive will that noise prove to be? Will it worsen overnight, or can you forego a repair until fortune once again smiles on your personal finances? What if the vehicle’s not paid off but the warranty’s more out of date than your great uncle’s car phone?

These are some of the biggies, but the situations and issues arising from vehicle ownership are too numerous and diverse to list. Everyone, if they set their mind to it, has some reason to worry. Not everyone will entertain the dark thoughts lurking around the perimeter of their waking mind. Some will.

What is it about your car that’s keeping you up at night?

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  • IHateCars IHateCars on Apr 24, 2020

    Doesn't keep me up at night, but I'm grappling with keeping my '12 Raptor, which I keep in great shape but things will need replacing....or capitalize on it's excellent resale value and buy another truck. Thing is, there's nothing (within reason) that I'm really digging to replace it with. New Raptors start at $80K up here, plus I'm not convinced of the long term reliability of the TT3.5/10 speed combo. I'd like a Tremor but again, $70K +....everything else is kinda meh....

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Apr 24, 2020

      @IHateCars - I've been looking around and it's hard to find a base model Tremor. I've noticed the same problem with Power Wagons. Most Tremors and PW's I've found are full bling. I've seen online a few XLT Tremor's with the 7.3 V8 and 4.3 gear set for $73k. Dealers know they are popular so I haven't seen any discounts yet. I personally would get a Tremor over a Raptor since the Tremor is more narrow with a better payload. I've pretty much convinced myself that a Tremor will be my "retirement" gift to myself.

  • Pwrwrench Pwrwrench on Apr 30, 2020

    Arthur Dailey, "It’s official, Moe Howard is running the USA." More likely his younger brother Curly, " I tried to think, but nothing happened." A worry that comes up in my mind is about one of my vehicles. Was planning to sell it, but some months ago it had a failure in the cooling system. Need to fix it, but things keep getting in the way. BTW I usually don't sleep more than 5-6 hours a night for 15 years now for many reasons. Would like to get 7-8, but I don't think it's going to happen.

    • -Nate -Nate on Apr 30, 2020

      My training officer @ L.A.P.D. Motor Transport 30 + years ago told me after he passed 50 years old he never slept more than 4 ~ 6 hours . I wish . -Nate

  • ToolGuy VW (marque not group) and Tesla very nearly switched positions on a YTD basis.
  • RHD Inexpensive gasoline appears to be a thing of the past. ILO is correct - we have enough sunlight, wind and emerging ocean wave energy to power the entire country and then some. Clean air is nice, and being free of the whims of OPEC, geopolitics and hugely profitable oil companies will do all of us a world of good.
  • Raymond Segura Can you tell me where I can get the rear bumper for 69 impala?
  • Art Vandelay some of the crazy numbers I get. Percentages look bigger with any fluctuations with low volume makes and brands leaving the market will see massive month over month changes. But what’s with Buick? I still see the occasional ad on TV and yet the drop is disproportionate even compared to all the other GM brands.
  • Master Baiter "There is no mandate for consumers to buy EVs, not in any country or state. That’s made up."Right. And you are not mandated to purchase a toilet that only uses 1.6 gallons/flush. You could choose to not have a toilet--just go in the woods, like the bears do.