Posts Tagged “car”

I like to think that I’m a safe driver. My record has been clean—no accidents my fault in the 10+ years that I’ve been driving. However, on Sunday, November 25th, I skidded on a wet on-ramp into—and partially over—a curb. Don’t worry, I’m fine (there was nothing but grass on the other side of the curb). In my defense, something was definitely wrong with that spot of pavement. Mine were not the only tire tracks in the mud, and while I was visually inspecting my car on the scene, an SUV came hurtling over curb and bounding through the grass up alongside me (thankfully not at me).

Apart from some damage to the one wheel, my car looked fine. However, as soon as I started driving it, I knew something was wrong. At the very least it needed a new alignment. I took it in for service the following Wednesday and hoped an alignment and maybe a wheel was all that would be required to get me back on the road. Instead, my suspension was mucked up to the tune of a couple thousand dollars (parts & labor). That afternoon I made my first collision claim with my insurance company.

So now I’m waiting (and waiting) while the insurance company processes the claim and figures out if it’s worth it to fix my 10 year old Neon. It seems so stupid that such a little thing could total my car. On top of that, the really annoying aspect is that I just sunk a good chunk of change earlier this year into fixing the A/C system and into preventative maintenance so the car would last me a few more years.

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I guess I forgot to post updates on two things: I got my car back and my camera back. Both seem to be working fine so far. The funny thing is that I happened to get them back on the same exact day!

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My car made it to the body shop sometime yesterday afternoon, so after work I headed over to see my car for the first time since it had been stolen. Considering all that it had probably been through, it didn’t seem all that bad.

The rear passenger side window had been broken in—apparently with the brick that I found inside the car. It looks like they tried breaking the rear driver’s side window first, since I noticed three or four impact points with a radial distribution of brick dust. Once inside they did indeed punch out the ignition, which was nowhere to be found. The flat tire was in the back seat, and had about an inch wide gash in the side wall. Apart from that, I didn’t notice any other damage.

The contents of the car had been thoroughly riffled through—with stuff strewn about the floor, the back seat, and the trunk—however, the only things I’ve noticed missing so far are the two portable air compressors (tire inflators) that I had in the trunk. One of them was the old one that had been blowing fuses every five minutes, and the other was the new one (still in the box) that my Mom had just bought me as an early Christmas present. Even my iPod auto accessories (which I had hidden in the arm rest compartment) were still there. (My iPod was with me, of course.) After taking this quick inventory, I loaded up all my stuff into my rental car and brought it home.

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I got the call at 6:30 this morning from the St. Louis Police that my car had been found. I forgot to ask where they found it, but it’s on its way to the impound lot right now. Supposedly, there isn’t much in the way of gratuitous damage (apart from the broken window and punched-out ignition)—just a flat tire, and even then the perp(s) was/were nice enough to put on the spare.

Anyway, it’s been a restless night. I went to bed around 11, woke up briefly a couple times during the night, and hit quasi-insomnia sometime after 4:00. I think I finally managed to drift off to some state of light sleep around 6:00—just in time to be woken up by the phone. ::sigh:: Well, I’m certainly awake now. Maybe I can get a power nap this afternoon.

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My Neon should be sitting down in my garage right now, tucked away for the night. Instead, it’s somewhere on the mean, cold streets of St. Louis. While I was in my library science class, some miscreant busted out one of my windows and drove off with my car. All that was left for me to find was the pile of broken glass.

Please pray that this gets resolved quickly and with minimal cost.

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