Vehicularly challenged

Almost anyone else I know, faced with a totaled automobile, will start shopping for a new one.

Not me, though.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 July 2017 · 6:08 pm

    Yup on the woe and expense of light replacements; the truly minor fender bender (and God bless the woman I hit for being so nice about it; she didn’t even want my information, claiming I hit her in a place her son had already dented) cost me somewhere around $350 to get one directional bulb re-seated and new plexiglas or whatever that stuff is put over it.
    (The last time I replaced a bulb myself, I burned my hand badly. In the future I am paying a Dude to do it. Maybe if I had not been so impatient to put the new one in….)

    the bumper has a little hole in it, the repair guy told me it was still structurally sound, I’ve been telling myself it gives the car character.

  2. McG »

    8 July 2017 · 6:13 pm

    Aftermarket hand controls, then. To ensure you get to keep this car as long as you want it. What you save by going liability-only on your insurance should help.

    And then you can fungibilize — fungusize — whatever — the subsequent savings toward making a future replacement, if necessary, less of a debt-riment.

  3. CGHill »

    8 July 2017 · 6:15 pm

    Last dude I paid to replace a bulb was at the dealership; the bulb itself was about $35, but I got no change back from a C-note.

    (Those high-intensity jobs run five times as much, though labor is about the same.)

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