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Incredulous

weather: sunny
outside: 7°C
mood: grouchy
Not my best weekend.

I had an accident report run on Champagne. I would have sold her earlier, but I was waiting until we figured out what our car needs were going to be like when my Mother-In-Law was in town. We very clearly don't need another car.

Anyway, it turns out that Champagne has been in a humongous accident with $8500+'s worth of repairs. The date on it was in 1991, so it was shortly after userinfothe Husband's family bought the car and waaay before I bought it from them.

When I asked, it was after Grandpa had his stroke and stubbornly kept driving.

It seems that Grandma used to joke about him signalling left and turning right, or signalling right and turning left. He apparently lost a lot of control of the right side of his body, which meant that he had trouble lifting his foot off the gas pedal and had problems moving his foot over to the brake. I knew about the time he almost hit someone trying to park the car.

But $8500 in damage.

This weekend was the first time I heard of the accident. I bought the car in April 1999 from the family. No one said anything about this then. Nor was the price adjusted for this.

They're family. What was I going to do? Even if I wasn't a moron and did the accident check back then, how could I ask them to lower the price? Really.

Double-whammy: the price I get for Champagne will now be significantly lower for that. By reasonable estimates, I will have been screwed out of over $1000 in total.

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axiem
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Did/does the Husband know? Or was he as surprised as you to find out about everything?
bride
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
He remembers the big accident, but he didn't quite realize it was this car.
semaj_kizarts
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
Promote the car for its resilience. "She's a survivor and surely won't let you down!" Maybe some fair schmuck will be in awe and take the bait.

If that doesn't work, move on to plan B.

Plan B is sure-fire (apparently). Burn something which could resemble the face of Jesus somewhere on the exterior Champagne and claim it was the result of that accident which had occurred so many years ago. The next step involves your putting the car up for bid on E-bay and later making more cash than you'll know what to do with.

Problem solved.
bride
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
BWAHAHA!! I like how you think XD

Hmm... The lady with the toast used Marlene Dietrich. Any suggestions on which silver screen legend should I use for the face of Christ?

Bing Crosby? Paul Newman? Clark Gable? Marlon Brando?
semaj_kizarts
Feb. 21st, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
bride
Feb. 21st, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
*snorfle* =D
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semaj_kizarts
Feb. 21st, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Not if she goes with plan B.

Sure-fire.
razorw
Feb. 22nd, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
That really sucks. --Ray
magicwoman
Feb. 22nd, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Still, they could have mentioned it. . .

Susan
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