I haven't talked about my adventures with my car the last few days. Well, it rained on Sunday around here, pretty steadily (there was also a wind advisory). And I was giving a 4-hour tour--not a heck of a lot of fun. Although the people were cool, which is one of the weird things about giving tours. Sometimes when the weather is the suckiest, the people are really great about it. Perhaps because they realize that while they chose to be here, their guide, who is also in the muck and cold, did not (not really), so they don't take their shit out on me. I've been in snow, wind, thunder, and days when the heat index is 115 and people are cool. Then again, I've given tours when it's a little chilly, and everybody's whiny (I don't know why I have to expostulate, since pretty much everyone who reads this is a good friend, but I do enjoy reading my own bitching.
Anyway, Sunday. Got in my car to go home, backed up and heard this *pop* sound behind the passenger side seat. Stared uncomprehending, looked at the dash, and the air bag light was flashing. Then the seatbelt light. I moved to pull the car back in to its spot, and there was another *pop*, in my seatbelt, that cinched up on me. Scared the shit out of me (well, not literally, but I put the car in park and jumped out making little screamy noises, waiting for the air bag to come out of the steering wheel). When it seemed like I was ok, I parked the car and went down to the VC to ask someone to drive me home (mda was at his cabin & incognito). The next day, I called the dealer (I am woeful about the mechanics around here--one I don't trust because he's sloppy, and the one who's supposed to be great is so great he can be lackadaisical), had it towed an hour away, then waited.
Then yesterday, my service rep from the dealer called. I had told him the day before what happened and also that, "I don't want something that's going to cost a huge amt of money." I figured that if it cost $1,000, the next words out of my mouth would be, "how much do you want for it?"
I'm lingering around this money question, 'cause you know how much it would cost me to fix the car?
f-i-v-e t-h-o-u-s-a-n-d d-o-l-l-a-r-s.
Which is more than what the car is worth, aside from the fact that that amounts to half my pay over a year.
I laughed, heartily, over the phone to Glen (service rep).
Here's what happened, I guess--the rain got into the roof, so much that it "shorted out the control modules" and basically the air bags did deploy, although not come through the dash. I'm thinking that's a safety feature, that maybe you have to have an impact to make them come out. In which case, it's a pretty damned good safety feature, given that the car is a '93. But, still, I wouldn't pay $5,000 to fix the car even if I had $5,000.
So on the way home, I thought about getting insurance to pay for the loss of my car. Wild thought, that. I'm used to being poor. The car fucks up, you fix it. You got an infection, you pay for the medicine. But I called the insurance company today and they're going to see whether they can make a claim. Here's hoping.... Then i think I'll put the car on eBay as is, starting bid $9.99.