May 15th, 2006

beep beep beep bonk

hail, yeah

A couple of weeks ago we had this huge horrible hailstorm, and I was lucky enough to be in the middle of the highway when it happened, driving my car, in the open world. it was loud and scary and unpleasant, and it really messed up my car... not as bad as some peoples', I mean, I still had all my windows, but every single surface was dented somehow. damn.

so today I finally got to take my car in to my insurance company's Catastrophe Center that they'd set up (sounds like the wording is a bit strong to me, but whatever) and a guy looked at my car, asked me some questions, and wrote me a check for over $2000 so I could get all the dents repaired. And this leads me to my question for you all... do I seriously get the dents repaired?

The car is six years old and has almost 80,000 miles on it. It's worth maybe $4000. I'm not really looking to sell it any time soon... if I can keep it running and it doesn't piss me off too much I'd be happy waiting until it's worth $500 and then selling it, and people who buy $500 cars don't usually care much about a few dents. And frankly, it seems a little vain to spend all that money to make my car look prettier. There are people who can't eat or buy clothes, and I'm supposed to spend $2000 on something that has nothing to do with how the car runs or gets me to work?

If I want to get it fixed it needs to be now, because if for some reason it costs more than $2000, I'll be able to go straight back to the insurance company and they'll take care of the rest. I'm just not sure if I care at all.