Friday, February 11, 2005

The facts of life...

This post will not be a summary of how babies are made. Everyone knows that babies come from a cabbage patch anyway. This entry will also not be a retrospective look at Tootie, Blair and the rest of Ms. Garrett's gang. If this disappoints the reader, I suggest they cease and desist from continuing on.

No, this entry will instead be dedicated to something inevitable that seems to happen to anyone that owns an automobile. Every once in awhile your car needs 500 bucks. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Sometimes your car just needs 500 dollars. It doesn't matter what kind of car you drive or how gingerly you treat it. At least once a year, your car just decides that it needs 500 dollars of your money.

What broke this time on my car that cost 500 dollars to fix? Does it really even matter? It's some part I can't pronounce that is somehow related to my emissions system. Even though I bought that stupid extended warranty, this is one of the "few" (read: many) repairs that is not covered. Strangely enough, so was the service I needed the time before this, and the time before that....etc. The moral of this story is of course: Never buy the warranty because it's worthless.

I believe that all cars are designed to automatically break about once or twice every year. It's never anything catostrophic (as that might inspire you to buy a new car). Nope, they just break about 500 dollars worth of small parts on their own, so you'll be reminded that though your car is paid off, you're most certainly not done paying for it. The amount is usually just enough to annoy you, but not enough to inspire you to replace the car.

It's probably part of a factory installed component of your vehicle and they just forgot the dashboard light for it. f they put some sort of a gauge next your "Check oil" light that would indicate how many miles you had to go until your car needed 500 dollars, that would be excellent.

Instead, the feature seems designed to need 500 dollars at the most inappropriate time for you. Like when you're saving for a wedding. Or when you ALMOST have your Christmas presents paid off on the credit card. Or any number of other times when you just don't have 500 dollars lying around. The car never decides to break down when you just got your tax return, a bonus at work, or won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

So, today I'm tooling around in a brand new Jetta wagon loaner car. Apparently I'm the first one to drive it. While that's no consolation, at least I know that for the next 24 hours, I have a car I don't have to worry about paying 500 dollars into.

1 comment:

JohnS said...

Damn dude. That really sucks. But yes, you have mentioned the whole $500 repair thing in the past. Thankfully I haven't had that with my car yet... knock on wood. Maybe it's not old enough yet.

You know though... things aren't so bad. Especially when you consider that now it's only 94 days left until Episode III. Good things. Baby steps. =)