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Recalling A Popular Old Person Excuse

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Here’s something to consider about the recent Toyota recall of faulty accelerator pedals. Perhaps all those old people that send their cars through buildings and then claim the gas pedal got stuck were telling the truth.

Toyota Motor Corp is facing a growing number lawsuits from consumers who complain their vehicles suddenly accelerate or may do so, and want the world’s largest automaker to pay for it.

Last week, Toyota stopped selling eight models in the United States and Canada, including its popular Camry and Corolla, because of possible unintended acceleration.

Some 8 million vehicles are up for repair worldwide over problems including alleged faulty accelerator pedals made by the supplier CTS Corp, and the possibility that floor mats could jam the accelerator pedal.

I’ll tell you what. Whenever I screw up at work or at life, it’s stories like the one above that make me realize I’m nothing more than a pissant and that no matter how hard I try I won’t be able to fuck up on such a grand scale as others. My God. Can you imagine the person/department that let this boo-boo through?

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February 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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Welcome Home Suzuki

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So this afternoon the Suzuki went back into the kkk garage after spending eight days in the body shop. How much did getting hit by another motorist cost the kkk household?

Actual costs: $400. Potential costs: $700.

Here’s where the $400 in “actual costs” comes from:

$200 for the stupid insurance on the rental car because neither my insurance company nor the other motorist’s insurance company covers this expense for the time I had to use a rental car. Why do I get this stupid insurance ripoff? Because the last time someone nearly totaled the better half’s new car back in 2003 we got a shit Toyota as a rental. I literally tapped this car’s back bumper on our mailbox post and there was more than FOUR-HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE DONE MY GOD TOYOTAS ARE PIECES OF SHIT. Of course, I don’t know why I wouldn’t want this insurance on the rental car. I mean, it’s not like I could get hit in this rental car. This rental car I had to use for eight days because someone else rammed into the Suzuki. No siree. I have no idea why I would want such an extravagant luxury.

$200 for some other work done to the car thanks to the better half running the car into the garage one night a few months ago. Actually, if we’re being honest here, this cost has nothing to do with the Suzuki getting hit last month. It was one of those things where Mrs. kkk figured “what the hell?” when asked by the body shop if she wanted to get this fixed. It wasn’t until last night when she told me this. As I was doing the monthly budget. Disclosure: I took out the passenger’s side mirror last year while backing out of the garage so I have no room to talk about Mrs. kkk’s garage entering/exit skillz.

Here’s where the $700 in “potential costs” comes from:

$500 for the deductible on the $1800 bill for fixing the Suzuki from the other motorist who hit my driver’s side rear door.

$200 for the actual rental of the car, or something like that. I’m sure the taxes and other shit will jack this final cost up.

I’m supposed to get reimbursed for these two “potential” costs, but I’m waiting until the check is cashed before thinking AllState isn’t going to try to assrape me on an accident that I was completely not at fault for causing.

But you know what? Everything’s OK.

Mrs. kkk and I budget our money and end up at least $1500 (and in most instances $2000-$2500) in the black each month so this little blip is nothing but an inconvenience.

We keep a healthy amount in the checking account as an emergency fund so these “potential costs” aren’t a big deal.

I can’t imagine what the story would be like if this happened to a household living paycheck to paycheck. Actually, I can imagine. The person who hit me was complaining about how this accident is going to jack up her premiums and that she’s a social worker and her husband blah blah blah OMG TIMES ARE SO TOUGH blah blah blah THE LITTLE GUY CAN’T GET A BREAK blah blah blah blah.

If I may end this entry on a serious note: Budget your money. Live below your means. Establish an emergency fund. Do it before you wish you had.

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February 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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