Car search now

My 1999 Honda Civic is toast. It had over 170,000 miles on it. It protected me in several wrecks, and has been a very reliable car to own and drive. I will miss my Civic.

Now I need to find another car. I can’t get around just on the scooter, unfortunately. So its time to do the research and see what is out there that is reliable and fuel efficient. I’m looking at another Honda. Mine did a great job, so yeah, I’m going to be looking at them. Another Civic, maybe the Fit. I might get an Accord if it works out right.

I’m also dreaming about the Mini Coopers. They are a fun and sporty little car. I have some misgivings about the little part. And some misgivings about maintenance on them once you get past the 3 year maintenance contract that’s included in the purchase price. I’ve been told that they are basically little BMWs, and that concerns me with long term maintenance costs.

Yikes.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Merry Christmas 2010

I want to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas! I hope your day is a good one.

Its been nuts in the last month. I’ve had several bumps along the way. If you’ve been watching the twitter sidebar in the last week, you’ve seen that I had a car wreck. I was rear-ended on my way home from work. Thankfully I’m here and not in the hospital. It broke my nose and totaled my car. But since it could have been much worse I’m counting my blessings for Christmas this year.

2nd car update

The adjuster called DH back. She finally got in touch with the young man who hit him. That was a part of the hold up. The young man was out of town after the accident, and she couldn’t make a determination about the accident without taking his statement. They are going to pay for the repairs and not total the jeep, so DH is a happy camper. We are still a one car family, since they only will pay for a rental car while the repairs are being made, but not while one is waiting on parts to arrive from the manufacturer. It is quite inconvenient right now, since DH has several things he has to do this weekend, and I have obligations elsewhere as well. But soon we will be a multi vehicle family again and will be able to meet all our responsibilities without begging others for rides. DH just has to get the ball rolling on repairs!

Car update

Here’s an update on the car situation. DH’s car is still sitting in the parking lot of the service station. An appraiser from the kid’s insurance has looked at the jeep and figures it’ll take $1100.00 to fix the wheel and the body. He didn’t look at the axle to see if it was bent. He’s reported back to the claims adjuster, and now we’re waiting to see what Allstate does. We’re still a one car family right now, so things are interesting.

DH did manage to get his motorcycle up to Tennessee to the dealer to get it looked at. Friday his parents drove the trailer down from Huntsville, then he got the bike on the trailer. They drove back to Huntsville and dropped his mom off at their house. Then he and his dad drove to Waynesboro. They dropped off the bike and trailer ad drove back to Huntsville. I drove up to Huntsville after work and picked him up and we came back to Birmingham. Yes, there was lots of driving done on Friday. But this way the trips got done before the snow, which was the other deciding factor for DH’s parents. The warranty for the Ural is up in mid February, so we’re under a bit of a time crunch to get it looked at and serviced before the warranty runs out.

Hopefully we’ll know in the next day or two what will happen to the jeep. It’s a 1989 jeep wrangler with 192,000 miles on it. Its on the line between repair and replace. If it takes much longer to make the determination, we’ll not be happy campers.

Car problems now

It looks like 2008 may be the year of cars for us. If 2007 was the year of computers (my work computer, my laptop,and DH’s computer all had major crashes), then we may be in a new phase.

DH was hit by a teen driver Saturday. The wreck messed up the rear passenger wheel, and possibly the axle. Neither the young man nor DH were hurt. And there was much rejoicing for that. But DH’s 1989 Jeep Wrangler is not safe to drive. And with 192,000 miles on it, there is a good possibility that the insurance company will simply total out the limited cash value of the old jeep, rather than pay for it to be fixed. After the police to the accident report, DH limped the jeep to a local service station to wait for the insurance adjuster and get an estimate on the damage.

Then Sunday we ran into another problem. We had originally planned to take my car to have service done on it on Monday. We put that plan on hold, since DH’s motorcycle is currently not running. We stopped by the jeep to pick up some things that DH had in the jeep still. After getting some of the things moved into my car, it wouldn’t start! No way, no how. Not good. So none of our vehicles were working Sunday evening. I had to call my mom to get her to take us to the airport to get a rental car while all of ours were out of commission. We picked up a small rental car to get us to work while we got our cars in order.

Yesterday morning we stopped back by the service station where both cars were sitting. We spoke with the owner about the cars and got the name of a local towing company. I got my car towed to the dealer to get it fixed. DH finally talked to the insurance agent for the claim. My car is now fixed, and the rental back to the company. We are still a one car family, but have started investigating what vehicle DH may want to replace the jeep. Its definitely going to be an interesting year!