Wednesday, January 23, 2008

To drive or not to drive...

I have to say that cars are a blessing and a curse.  Without them you can't really do much at all.  But, when something goes wrong everything seems to come to a complete standstill. 

Last month, just before Christmas, we were driving through an intersection when the 750 year old lady in front of us slammed on her brakes and we slid into the back of her, getting $2500.00 in damages to the front of the van.  Fortunately our deductible is $500 so that is all we had to spend.  The body shop wasn't able to fix our van until the second week in January and they had it for about 4 days.  Fast forward...

001We have had the van back for about a week and a half.  I left it in the church parking lot while I went to lunch with some people from the church.  When I got back to the church the front end of the van was totally smashed up.003   The bumper is sitting on the ground and the headlight is in pieces...another $500 deductible.  That makes a total of a thousand dollars this month on repairs for the van.  The best part, they have to fix the same parts they fixed 2 weeks ago.  You have got to love it...

My question is why does it cost so much?  We looked at the bill the first time and found out that a mechanic charges at least $40/hour in labor costs alone.  A headlight? $275.  I don't like to spend that on things that I want.  How does this happen?  My uncle used to fix our cars in California for the cost of the parts that he would find at the salvage yard.  Oh the good ol' days..

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