Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Rental

Monday I dropped my car off at the shop to have the bumper replaced. Remember last month when I was rear-ended? Well I'm finally getting that little disaster taken care of.

Enterprise was kind enough to pick me up from the body shop to take me to their office, where I assumed they would provide me with a few drivable wheels and I'd be on my way. No problems. Except that when I got there, my name wasn't on the list. Problems.

I sat for a while, during which time several others who rode in the shuttle with me got their cars and sped off. By the time they figured out that State Farm would be taking care of my rental, they didn't have anything left on site. So I had to be shuttled back to the body shop, where another customer had dropped off a rental. A red Chevy Aveo.

Now, I'm not entirely unhappy with the Aveo. I mean, yeah, it's tiny. Yet, it's roomy at the same time. I don't know, I guess I just always feel strange driving a car that isn't my car. Adjusting mirrors for the first time. Figuring out how the radio and a/c work. And I'm not a big fan of the color red. Well, not for a car anyway. So Jade has nothing to be jealous about, that's for sure.

In the rental agreement, I signed a portion that stated I would obey traffic laws. I also agreed that I would be the only one driving it. And that I wouldn't have any pets in the car. Nor would I smoke in the car. I have no problem holding to each one of those statements. But I'm pretty sure the last renter had a problem with the last one. I swear, every time I get in that car, I can faintly smell the odor of cigarette smoke. It's really hard to miss it.

I was hoping to have the Escort back by today. I called the shop on Tuesday to get an update. Apparently they couldn't find a similar bumper in the junkyard, so they had to get one from Ford. Well, Ford couldn't get them one until today. So the guy told me he hoped to have it all installed and painted up for me by Thursday, but it would most likely be Friday, depending on what time he got the bumper in. So I'm still without my car.

Really hoping I get my car back tomorrow. 'Cause I'm supposed to deliver pizza tomorrow night, and I'm pretty sure I can't do that in the rental. Gonna be cutting it close kids.

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