Is my car okay to drive?

First off, I am a female, so I have no idea about these things. We just bought a used car last weekend. The rear end sort of sunk down, and the first time driving it from the dealer, something (shock or strut or something?) broke and this caused the tire to blow. The car was towed and repaired free of charge, and now the back end no longer sinks.

After I got it back and was driving around on random errands, I began to hear noises coming from the rear passenger tire area by the 2nd night I had it. The noises happen when going over bumps. It sounds like a rattling noise, and personally, I feel something is loose, especially since it was just fixed and was fine at first. Everything back there is new after the repair… My husband is a truck driver. The rattling began as we were out in the evening, and by the time we got home it was dark. He checked the tires to make sure they were tight, and they are. He tried to see if he could reach the mounts (or whatever, I have no clue) to see if they were loose or if he could tighten, but he couldn’t without lifting the car up. He pushed down on the car in that area and it made a popping sound as it moved. As he is a trucker, he had to leave that night, and didn’t have time for this. he won’t be back to deal with the problem until next week.

If you made it this far, my question is, is it okay to drive for now? I have a child and would rather not be stranded on the side of the road somewhere. But its the only car I have and I have things I need to do, like grocery shopping.
cuddlyclaud, I guess it doesn’t… Just most don’t know anything about cars, so I guess that’s why I put that – to reiterate that I am clueless! Nobody taught me anything about them. Guess that was dumb of me, but even if I knew, I don’t think I’d have the strength (and definitely not the tools) to lift the car and fix anything loose on my own!

AnswerRack – The area in which I live does have a lot of snow and salt. I’d guess it’s pretty much impossible to find a used car around here that hasn’t been damaged from it, and unfortunately, buying new isn’t really an option for us right now. I doubt that its had any flooding problems. It’s a 2002, so its still a decent car, and it runs great. It has a warranty, but I don’t want to take it in for something stupid, like if something were just loose. I’d rather know what is wrong before having it fixed!

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