Colleges, Clunkers, Cash, and Other Contingencies

I am writing this without being sure I’m allowed to write to you. I’m not technically a college student. I mean, I was; my family had an emergency and I have to take a year off and live at home. Maybe it’s going to be longer than a year – I don’t know. Having said that, I really want to finish my degree. I live about an hour from a college that I could transfer to, but my car is a piece of garbage. I bought it for summer job money, and it shows. The paint is flaking and all gritty. I’m pretty sure it’s out of alignment. It smells weird. With all this, I have no idea how much I will end up spending on repairs. I’d have to spend money on gas and oil in addition to fixing it.