wanted: a new car, please

June 6, 2009

Remember that minor annoyance I told you about, how I can’t lock my car anymore? Well, it turned into a little more than annoying today. I was at a furniture store looking for a kitchen table. The store was huge and overwhelming, I didn’t like much of what they had, and a saleslady was stalking me. She was like the cat who came back; she just wouldn’t stay away. I spent more time trying to evade her than looking at furniture. Anyway, I had to get out of there. But as I approached my car, my heart sank. I think I locked my car, I thought. And then I grabbed the handle, and my fears were confirmed. So although I had my key in my hand, I was locked out.

I pride myself on my muscle memory skills, but in this case they came back to haunt me. My truck was made in 1999, and it doesn’t have automatic anything. So I’ve ingrained in myself the habit of locking my door as soon as I open it. Once I found out about both of the locks being broken, I should have just unlocked the passenger side door. But no, I kept it locked thinking that somehow that would make it more secure? I don’t know. So there I was, stranded in the furniture parking lot, and it was hot. Very, very hot.

Thankfully, my husband David and my father-in-law dropped whatever they were doing and came out to work some coat hanger magic for this helpless girl. It really wasn’t happening that way, though. They struggled for a good hour before David decided to go to an auto store. He was able to borrow a slim jim and a wedge, and using those tools got it open in about ten minutes. It’s so great to have a man around who always takes care of me. :)

Unfortunately, when I got home and tried to open the door from the inside, I discovered that the latest trauma had broken the handle. I just had to laugh. I can still get IN my car from the outside, but to get out I have to crawl over and go through the passenger side door. I mean, this is getting ridiculous. I desperately want a new car, but every month I drive this one it saves us about $400. I can handle a lot, and I really like not having a car payment, so I’m sure I’ll just deal with this. But I don’t have to like it!

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Comments on wanted: a new car, please

  1. 1

    From Krista:

    I was thinking to myself – hmm that really sucks and then my husband said “She could just roll down the window and open the door from the outside.” Seems like that would work to me? At least you would look less silly than climbing around the front seat :)

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    From kapachino:

    Oh my gosh, I feel like an idiot for not thinking of that myself! Tell your husband THANKS!!!

  3. 3

    From DeMo:

    I’m having car woes too. I don’t have the same problems as you, but I’m really missing my old Honda with its sunroof. My beloved Maverick is somewhere around Wichita. I have yet to find him…

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    From kaitlyn:

    Fun fact: I lose and/or lock my keys in my car all the time. ALL THE TIME. I also cannot lock my driver side door because I then have to climb over the passenger side to get in.

    Way to not have car payments though :)

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