Blog roundup: Watch where you’re going edition.Posted by Donna Freedman on Feb 27, 2011 | 7 comments
Somebody pulling out of a parking lot hit my daughter and son-in-law’s car. The driver was too busy looking off to the side to notice that she was aimed straight at the Chevy Cavalier in the left-turn lane.
Even though she wasn’t going fast, the T-boning she gave the car damaged both doors on the passenger side. Neither one will open now and there’s probably unseen damage because it felt wonky during the drive home.
As Abby notes in this post, it looks as though the other driver’s insurance company will declare it totaled, as in “It costs more to fix than it’s worth.”
Here’s the thing: Their car was old. But it was still reliable transportation. With luck it would have lasted them several more years, years during which they would have been saving for a replacement vehicle.
The careless driver did more than cause them paperwork hassles. She threw a major monkey wrench into their finances.
Please, folks: Watch where you’re going. And when you pull out of a parking lot, look both ways and in front of you.
P.S. Shopping for cars is a mind-bending experience, Abby says, especially when a salesman hauls out the old chestnut of “What can I do to get you into a car today?”
Here are some more reads for your weekend:
5 lame excuses for not saving money at WalletPop
The eyes of the beholders at Whiskey in My Sippy Cup (warning: contains frank – as it were – references to male genitalia)
The benefits of essential oils and how to make them at home at Savings.com
5 household fixes you should stop paying others for at Wise Bread
Tax tips when looking for work is your job at Consumerism Commentary
10 signs the economy is on the upswing at Kiplinger’s
Wolves at Hyperbole and a Half (warning: do not drink liquids while reading this, unless you like the neti-pot effect)
Survey says: Retirement is your next financial frontier at Beyond Today