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Captain Kidd Karma

So, I bought a new car. A gleaming, brand new black-on-black-on-black 2006 Honda Element Ex (4wd).

I promptly named it "Adventure Galley" after the peculiar, boxy, but effective ship of Captain Kidd - a man unfairly tarred by the brush of history as a pirate, though he was in fact honorable and a pirate-hunter. He just had collosally bad luck, you see?

I theorize that the fates love a good laugh, and don't much care for pirates. Because on the maiden voyage of the Adventure Galley - meaning, driving home from the dealership, I got in an accident. An SUV on the 101 came to a sudden and irrational stop in the middle of traffic. I slammed on the breaks, but wasn't able to come to a halt. At first I thought no damage was done at all - it certainly appeared that it was just a very slow bump, and no harm, no foul. But we pulled over, and there was a small, perhaps 1/4" dent on my front bumper, and about the same size dent on the other car's rear bumper. We exchanged information. This was Saturday.

Yesterday, I noticed that the Adventure Galley was leaking coolant. With some concern, I took her in to the dealership this morning - right after finding out that my contracting payroll company didn't pay me for the last two weeks, and has shorted me for over 108 hours since I started. I left the car, and waited to hear back from them.

They want over $1500.00 to fix her. I choked. WARRANTY! says I. But they claim it was the collision. Crap. So I call the insurance company, who agree that the car is covered even though it wasn't on my policy yet. However, after hearing about the very small body-damage, they say that the adjustor will probably rule that the damage is not caused by the collision, and they won't pay for the repairs.

So, the dealership says it's not a mechanical fault of the car, and the insurance company says that it's not the collision - so neither one of them will fix my car, which was apparently, despite all evidence to the contrary, spontaneously wounded with some sort of automotive stigmata - not covered by either warranty or insurance!

I should have known better to name her after Captain Kidd's ship. And so, I give you the new name of my livejournal...

Captain Kidd Karma.


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Jul. 10th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
My name was Captain Kidd, when I sail'd, when I sail'd, And so wickedly I did, God's laws I did forbid, When I sail'd, when I sail'd. I roam'd from sound to sound, And many a ship I found, And then I sunk or burn'd, When I sail'd. I murder'd William Moore, And laid him in his gore, Not many leagues from shore, When I sail'd. Farewell to young and old, All jolly seamen bold, You're welcome to my gold, For I must die, I must die. Farewell to Lunnon town, The pretty girls all round, No pardon can be found, and I must die, I must die, Farewell, for I must die. Then to eternity, in hideous misery, I must lie, I must lie.
Jul. 11th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Wow. It seems to me that you should have the insurance adjustor meet you at the dealership and let the mechanic walk him or her through exactly why they think the leak was caused by the collision. And maybe have the general manager of the dealership there, too. One way or the other, you don't pay for it.

I haven't had good experiences with Honda, personally. J's Civic is great but the dealership is just arrogant and unhelpful. Hyundai, on the other hand, falls all over themselves to keep me happy. I can definitely see myself buying another Hyundai in the future based on how well I have been treated (and the car, which is no Lexus, but IS reliable and fuel efficient.)

Good luck with all this- and the new car does sound very nice. Pictures?
Jul. 11th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
Man, that sucks. You gotta be careful about the tailgating though, man. No matter the rationality of the stop, it's always your fault if you hit someone.
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
Well, congrats on the new ride. Sorry her maiden voyage wasn't a smooth one.
Jul. 11th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
Gah, I got all excited when I read you got an Element. I'm sorry the first day didn't go smoothly, I hope things get worked out quickly and with no expense to you. Aside from that, as another Element owner, I love it and hope you do too. Mine is named Molly (not sure if I mentioned her before) after the element on the periodic table, molybdenum. Although, by the end of summer I will probably scale back down to a sedan since I'll be back in NYC and don't need the cargo space anymore...

Maybe think of the first day as a christening, and all that bad karma is now left behind?
Jul. 11th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the accident and run-around. Why can't insurance companies and dealerships get along?

To drive in California...
Jul. 11th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
I just know I'm going to have to put my boot up someone's butt this morning.
Jul. 11th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Just remember: This is their problem, not your problem.
Jul. 11th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Funny how they don't see it that way.
Jul. 11th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
When all else fails, just rememember to fall back on old standards.
Rum! Sodomy! and the Lash! Make them see it your way!
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