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Old 03-29-2013, 08:57 PM
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Your car just lurched to a stop in the middle of an intersection. Pursuant to the unexpected stoppage of the engine, you've noticed some rather thick smoke starting to pour out from under the hood. Within a few short moments, there are bright orange FLAMES rolling out from under the hood, and soon out from the grille and fenderwells too, as the heat causes those parts of the bodywork to MELT AWAY.

You wisely evacuate the vehicle, pull out your cellphone, and decide that your best option is to call someone.

Who do you call?

A. The fire department

B. The police department

C. Our garage's service department and ask if they can look at your car today... because it's just caught fire....


If you did NOT guess "C", congratulations, you are smarter than this particular person was.

Now, fortunately for the heroine of this story, some of the passing motorists who witnessed the towering inferno her Ford Taurus had become wisely chose option "A" and got the fire brigade rolling to the scene.

Our driver still managed to beat them to the scene, but had no choice but to wait for their arrival as by then, the car was fully engulfed. By the time it was out, the front end was a mass of mozzarella-like melted plastic, the dash was sagging like a soggy banana and the windshield had caved in, allowing smoke, ash and water to blow into the passenger's compartment and tint all the windows from the inside-out....

The car was, quite literally, toast.

So we towed it back to the garage and put it in the "wreck" section of the lot, figuring the only thing to do now is wait for the insurance adjustor to arrive and officially sign the death certificate.

Imagine our surprise (or, maybe non-surprise depending on how cynical you feel) when the owner showed up an hour later and wanted to know if the mechanics had been able to look at it yet and get her an estimate....

Can't say she isn't optimistic
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:28 PM
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Aaaack.

Thank goodness most people aren't that bad.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:40 PM
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I ran this past The Wife. She passed. Then again, she has experience. Her '76 Ford Granada became Car-B-Q.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:23 PM
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Actually, it sounds like it can be fixed - if you want to pour in more money than a new car would cost...
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:26 PM
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"Whoa! Bitchin' Flame job, man! ... Ohhhh....."

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Old 03-29-2013, 10:34 PM
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OMG the first time I've logged on in a week and I don't think anything else can top that. I can't believe anyone still breathing can be that stupid.

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Old 03-29-2013, 11:05 PM
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Actually, it sounds like it can be fixed - if you want to pour in more money than a new car would cost...
The repair is really simple. Three steps.

1. Remove Gas cap
2. Replace car
3. Reinstall Gas cap

The last step is optional.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:41 PM
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I understand not really having the funds for a new car, and wanting desperately to salvage the one you have, but...that's just beyond desperation, beyond stupidity, beyond ignorance. In fact, I almost wouldn't believe anyone could BE that stupid...except I've read enough stories here and worked enough years behind a cash register to know better!
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:17 AM
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I'd say idiot of the year, but I don't know....there are mechanics on this board, do you folks this thing is salvageable? Or worth it if it is?
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:28 AM
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"Yeah, it's salvageable.. Oh wait, you mean you didn't want it rotting in your back yard and instead wanted to DRIVE it? Hmmm"
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