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by Kris Reid  May 31, 2010 7:06 pm

my car broke down in my school parking lot, and then when my mom came to get me in her car, her car broke down too. she got her’s started, but i had to get my car towed to the mechanic shop. while the car was sitting in the car mechanic’s parking lot, along with other cars waiting to get fixed, a big snowstorm hit my town. while a huge truck was going down the road in front of the mechanic’s parking lot, the truck slid and went off the road into the parking lot and smashed into my car. it smashed into my car and 3 other cars, out of the 50 cars in the parking lot. now not only do i need the engine in stuff fixed, now i need my back bumper repaired. *sigh*……

by Kris Reid   6:49 pm

I currently have a job where I have to use my car to travel. My job pays me for mileage to and from my locations. I recently had new tires put on my car, so that I will have more ease when traveling. Can I use the new tires and other car repairs as a tax write off?

by Kris Reid   3:10 pm

I had the most baffling episode today with my car. Basically it was in shop to repair damage done when the faulty hood latch caused the hood to flip up while the vehicle was travelling fast and smashed into the winshield causing major damage to the hood and windshield but not much to rest of car. Well long story short I got part of the damage covered under my comp ins and paid the rest and wife drove off with the car. Well within less than a few miles of driving the car started going nuts and the oil light came on (never has before on this car and has no major oil leaks). So, she called and naturally I fig’d it was some sensor, etc. Well she wound up on the side of road. The closest Jiffy Lube was nice enough to come by and they added over 4 QUARTS of oil to the car! It was indeed near empty. Well, after starting it back up it appears the car now has permanent engine damage (loud knocking noises).

Here is my major question as I have to call this bodyshop tomorrow. Could they or would they ever do such a thing as drain the engine oil? Could my car have been mixed up? Unfortunately the wife has some kind of memory loss and can’t remember where she last has the oil changed so it’s maybe *possible* they didn’t add enough oil, etc. HOWEVER, we’ve been driving (and I’ve even been repairing) this car for months now since the last documented oil change. I would think if some crazy shop didn’t put the oil in the engine would have blown up as it did quite quickly after leaving this body shop. Thanks for any ideas.
I forgot to mention they did fender word, tint work, and “washed” the vehicle. I wonder if they would have inadvertently done something when they did the fenders or the wash (oil change? ) to mess with the oil.

by Kris Reid   11:16 am

Hello people, please help me out.
My car was parked in a private parking area and the front part was smashed by a driver when he was backing a van. I have already gone filed a claim with his insurance company and the company has already assigned an adjuster to me and he is gonna call me today, i havent talked to him at all, i just left voice mails to call me back asap. My car’s front part was smashed, rightside headlight was out of place / snatched out, grills were torn and some bolts or parts might have fallen down at the accident spot. Should i demand for repair or total my vehicle ? My classes are gonna start from Tuesday so i’m in a deep deep trouble now, i dont have any rides. I have these questions :

1. I have permit but the accident happened while the car was parked, so is there any problem for me? cuz all fault was of the other party.
2. If they provide me with a rental and i dont have the license, but my best friend/ roommate does, can we take the rental car on his driver license and he n i will use the car to go to college? is it compulsory for the rental to be on my name?
3. will the insurance company give at least some downpayment for totalling the vehicle because I really need to buy another car if i have to because i have to go college 4 days a week. so frends, u can figure out how much i need a car.

please help me out frends,,,, this was my first car accident and my car was parked !!,,, I appreciate you for any advice, thanx

by Kris Reid   7:10 am

Hey, I have a 2007 Toyota Matrix (very similar to corolla) and I got into a front end collision last night, it was slippery and I slid into a guard rail. The damage doesn’t seem too bad, but the driver airbag only went off. I was able to drive home (10km) fine with no problems after. I think most of the damage is just to the body. This is what I can tell is damaged:

Driver airbag deployed (and seatbelt tensioned)
Front bumper smashed (cover and undersupport)
Hood bent up
Grill smashed
1 headlamp bulb broken (the assembly is still fine)
Left and right fenders very slightly bent (should be able to hammer out?)

I’m hoping that there is no frame damage, as it seems mostly cosmetic. As I said, I was able to drive home fine and there isn’t any fluid leaking, and the radiator seems ok. Any ballpark figure for this repair? I’d really rather not use insurance if possible, but it might be too expensive due to the airbag :(

by Kris Reid   5:43 am

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by Kris Reid   3:05 am

so the car got smashed up a little.. in order to sell it it would have to be repaired (front end damage and the two front tires would have to be replaced). it’s like a 2000 or maybe 2001 crown vic… i wasn’t driving it, and i don’t have it, but it was supposed to be given to me not that i really was happy about it but i wanted a car and it was my grandparents’ so they were giving it to me. now my mom says that with the damage and what not i would be better off selling it for parts than fixing it and using it or selling it, and i want to buy a car anyway and i already know what i want. so if i sell the car i would put it toward getting this other car. question is, would i make more fixing it and selling the car or selling it for parts? my mom says sell it for parts but i don’t think she really knows. it still works it’s just not that attractive inside and now it’s f’ed up outside too.

by Kris Reid  May 30, 2010 11:08 pm

THE BRICK

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared . Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against
a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?” The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,” He pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop…” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It’s my brother, “he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him u p.”
Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. “Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy! push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!” God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not.

Thought for the Day:
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend – He is crazy about you!
Send this to every “beautiful person” you wish to bless.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow,sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
Read this line very slowly and let it sink in…
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
NO, it is not a chain letter email, actually it came from someone in my family, and I wanted to share it with you.

by Kris Reid   4:39 pm


081002 – 01 – Sequoia National Forest – Car repairs…

by Kris Reid   11:07 am

A guy was driving along the highway and was busy on his cell phone when he lost control and crashed into one of the toll booths for an expressway.
The booth was smashed to pieces but was fortunately unoccupied.
The man got out of his car to check the damage when several minutes later work crew drove up. Several men got out of the truck and started to pick up the broken pieces of the toll booth.
One of the men then opened a large container and started brushing some kind of white substance on the broken toll booth pieces as the others began to put the booth back together.
After fifteen minutes, the job was done. The toll booth looked as good as new.
“That’s amazing!” the man who had crashed into the toll booth exclaimed. “You can’t even see that it was ever damaged! Tell, me, my friend,” he said to the chief of the repair crew, “what is that white stuff that you guys were using on the broken pieces?”

The guy said…
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“Oh that’s just toll gate booth paste!”

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