Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I love Saab. I hate Saab. I love Saab. I hate...

$2807.14 is, for me, a lot of money. It's four months of rent. It's roughly my annual grocery budget. But today, that is the amount I spent getting my Saab fixed.

What started off on Friday as a trip to the dealer to repair a fault in the alarm system ended up being a whole bunch of service that:

a) the car needed
b) can be viewed as preventative
c) would have cost me a great deal more on separate trips (think disassembled European car engine, then think $109 hourly shop labour rate)
d) the previous owner (who leased the car from the very dealership I bought it from) neglected to do *

My horoscope for Friday said that I shouldn't buy anything. Perhaps that's why I nodded and said yes--with what I'm guessing was a glazed look in my eyes--to all of the service items. It was one of my Mary Richards moments. You know--where she looks at the price of the meat, rolls her eyes, and tosses it in the shopping cart.

It's ironic that I drive one of the safest vehicles in the world, yet fantasize that a flying truck tire or a nice rock outcropping will put me out of my misery... I should be driving a 1988 Ford Tempo with no airbags.

* Apparently, if you lease a car, you don't have to give a flying fuk about doing stuff like scheduled maintenance. Of course, if you skip the maintenance and the car is damaged as a result, you're up the creek. But if nothing bad happens, you can return the vehicle after your lease is up and, in concert with the dealership, royally screw the next guy. Caveat emptor!

13 comments:

your judgemental aunt said...

Cars are dumb...you really only use it to visit your parents. Funny those visits also cause you stress. I agree you having a car is a really bad idea!

Just chalk up the car purchase as another bad choice you've made.

Sorry. :(

Crucible said...

Expensive toys. Very expensive. I owned an Audi briefly and know your pain. My best luck so far: Nissan (knocking on wood).

Jason said...

I love Judgemental Aunt's comment! That is an INSANE amount of money for repairs. Cars are soooo not worth it. Just rent a Mercedes every weekend, it's cheaper.

Carrie said...

SUCKER! does that word sound familiar, because those AWIPES just took u for a ride in your own car dude.....they jacked you big time!

madamerouge said...

Yep. Jacked. And not in the good way, either.

Jason said...

Not like jacking off your cock, the bad kind of jacked.

Carrie said...

I LOVE MY LINK!!!!

Natasha said...

Ah babe.... that friggin sucks. Maybe that long haul to Vermilion Bay caused some of those problems? Don't be sad,

XOX, Natasha

Jason said...

Are you doing anything tonight or are you:

i)tired
ii)wanting to go to the gym
iii)wanting sex at the gym
iv)more tired
v)needing to go online for more sex
vi)"have to work late cause I got in at 10am" etc....

Carrie said...

yikes!
someone has some serious Jason comments on their MCLOG!

so you go online to get laid huh?!

Carrie said...

do they have internet in Spain?

sirbarrett said...

Well, I guess you have to think of it as an investment now. Funny how depreciable cars are. I like your thoughts on the benefits of driving the most dangerous car available.

Jason said...

For you Mloyd.