20100202 – working on the car – GEDC1428 – Clint – ratchet
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
What a great time of the year to work on a car! I got to bring messy snow into Matthew’s garage.
And no, my bumper is not broken. It just has nothing to attach to yet, since there is no fender there. It was held up with duct tape for a couple months, during which it was only used when Carolyn’s car had problems. This included a 2nd Dirk party where we drove in the snow with no headlight physically in the car. I just left the snow covering it, so it looked like I was negligent in cleaning my headlights off, rather than outright non-complaint in driving a blatantly illegal vehicle around town 🙂
Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, bumper, 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.