20100202 – working on the car – GEDC1426 – Clint – working on his car
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
I’m happy because Matthew gave me an easy task: Removing a broken fender is way easier than installing a new one 🙂
He has a VERY well-stocked garage, in terms of tools required to work on a car. There were things I’d never seen or heard of. Plus I got to play with his guns; Surpringly, I’d never held a real gun before.
fixing, screwing, smiling.
Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, fender, ratchet.
garage, Matthew G’s house, McLean, Virginia.
February 2, 2010.
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BACKSTORY: Clint’s car came back from the body shop totaled, after hitting a deer on the way back from a party at Dirk’s. He bought a new fender ( + S/H), headlight ( + S/H), and blinker (not pictured, ), and, with GREAT HELP from his friend Matthew G, got it fixed for 0 (which includes another for bolts and bulbs at the hardware store). Meanwhile, Farmer’s Insurance paid him out 50 (they would have paid out 0 more if I’d let them keep it). Major profit! Well, right after the snow melted, his tie rod broke, and sway rod was about to break, so it was another 0 on top of that. But still: $ ~700 out, 50 in. Major profit.
Even if I could somehow gotten a car as good as mine for half of what they paid me, this was STILL the most economical route.
Let this be a lesson to people who let their insurance "total" their car, and then go out and buy a new one, pretending that they are helpless and "have" to. Or those that buy a new car because they feel the repairs are worth more than their existing car (which is fallacious financial logic anyway). To them I say, BULLPUCKEY! One more lesson that reinforces the concept that doing things the "normal" way is almost never the most perseonally advantageous way. Thank you, "Bob", for your great SLACK! I got paid to total my car! Making a million dollars every time you make a mistake is one of the definitions of SLACK, and this was pretty damnc lose.
Of course, the car immediately broke (tie rod fell out) upon it’s first post-snowpocalypse drive, incurring an additional 0 (tie rods, sway bar, towing that would have been free if my car wasn’t already totaled). Even with the additional 0 expense, I am *STILL* 00 ahead! That’ll definitely pay for more freon this summer. Amazing what going against the grain will get you these days.