Saturday, April 22, 2006

Green License Plates Are A Sign Of The Devil

OK I know I didn't post yesterday. I try to post every day. What can I say. Yesterday I actually had a life. Lisa and I are getting rid of her 98 Caddy Deville. Man what a piece of crap that car turned out to be. Constantly hemoraging antifreeze despite fluorescent and pressure testing that found nothing. I know, if it isn't leaking under the car it's leaving out the tail pipe, that won't be cheap to fix. So many little nagging problems, driving it was death of 1,000 papercuts. Turn signal didn't turn off on its own, antenna stuck up so no more drive through car wash, tubes to washer fluid disintegrated so windows never clean. Just a bunch of issues that killed us. So if you want a $5,700 book value caddy for less give us a call. You won't regret it. Mike, you interested? It's only got 86,000 miles. It's a GM car so you should be able to get another 10,000 miles for about $2,000 in repairs.

I know I'm looking a gift horse in the mouth, her grandfather bought a newer Caddy and gave the old one to us. He let it sit in the driveway for a year before he decided to give it to Lisa. That's how we're getting another car. Last year her grandfather bought a newer Caddy and let his 99 Deville sit in the driveway. Exactly a year to the week he gives up on trying to sell it and gives it to us. So after putting in a new battery we spent the day chasing up the paperwork for insurance and the RMV. The car promptly failed emissions. It turns out that since the battery died the computer had no emissions history and ratted us out to the inspection computer. So we have 60 days to drive it before reinspection. I suspect that the problem is deeper. Last night it stalled three times in Boston city traffic.

I hate American cars.

Also we witnessed a car accident and stopped to help. Some kid from New Hampshire rear ended a girl turning into a gas station. He had just made a right on red and didn't see the girl. Lisa and I were right behind him when he did. We pulled over and offered help. It's a good thing we did. The girl was shaken up and frightened. The boy was trying to talk her into letting him go, just take his license info before the police came. Turns out he was driving on a suspended license, I don't think he had insurance (In NH it's not manditory.) The girl was about to let him go but I told her that the damage on both cars would be more then $500 and in Massachusetts the insurance regulations require a police report. The boy from New Hampshire then told me he just turned 21 and hadn't renewed his license. I said "So why are you driving then?" which totally dumbfounded him. I think if he wasn't already in trouble he would have hit me, he certainly looked like he was about to but stopped. The police came and called for a fire truck which came from the station on the other side of the street. It barely pulled out of the driveway before parking. The police took our statement and sent us on our way. Lisa gave the girl her business card. We don't know what happened to the boy driving without his license. Fucking New Hampshire drivers thinking they don't need insurance or a license. We really need to do something about them. I hate to think about what that girls insurance would have done if she hadn't called the police. An unlicensed out of state driver who tried to talk the girl into not reporting the accident to the police. If we didn't stop him from leaving she would have been screwed.

And the Brazillian mechanics at the gas station? They hid from the police in the back of the shop.


Blogger RicketyFunk said...

I've expressed my feelings on drivers who sucketh. What really bothers me is the notion that the insurance company would have been less than helpful if she hadn't gotten a police report.

In Montana a rough (and probably exagerated) estimate sits at about half the vehicles on the road being uninsured. This leads to higher premiums for people who have insurance because they generally want to have uninsured motorist coverage because if/when they get into an accident, regardless of fault they'll end up paying for it.

Insurance companies are the sign of the devil.

Apr 22, 2006, 2:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Coffeesnob said...

Drive free or die!

Apr 22, 2006, 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

In Mass it's manditory. In New Hampbastard it's not. Lately I see more and more cars in Beverly, about 20 miles from the border by statute miles and 25 miles by road, with NH plates. Talk about illegal immigration.

Apr 22, 2006, 6:37:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

Insurance companies rank right up there with the credit and pharmacutical industries for the businesses we should go after first when the social order breaks down, as it is sure to do at some point.

Apr 23, 2006, 10:10:00 AM  

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