When your budget tightens up ironically your car suddenly has everything wrong with it. I know, I have been there. However, regular maintenance and repair are essential to the longevity of an automobile. Unfortunately, a job loss or staying in an under-employed position may keep you from performing the necessary car repairs to safely stay on the road.
Several years ago, I wrote an article about the millions of sick cars on the road. I am including the link here because there may some helpful hints to help you in the upkeep of your car's maintenance. Let's be honest, cars are a headache and whole lot of money to maintain. Here's my link:
Sick Cars--Millions May Be on the Road .