Saturday, March 07, 2009

Collision... Part II


Thanks to everyone who replied. I took all the suggestions and have prepared a list of similar vehicles from AutoTrader, Vehix and Craigslist. I looked for the exact same car and found only one - at $1950.00 - and it had 40K miles more than the one I had. My understanding is that they have to give me fair market price for my area. If they do that, I won't have anything to
argue with them about. Hopefully it will go that way.

I had an object lesson in aging when I picked up the rental car yesterday. It was a Kia Rondo... some huge SUV type thing and I couldn't stand driving it. Seriously. It scared the heck out of me! It also had all kinds of
buttons and bells. I had no idea what all that mess was and didn't want to deal with it. I took it back to Enterprise and asked for another car - for one thing, not a car that was like something the Secret Service would have, not taller than me and *no talking*! I don't want a talking car! It gives me the willies!

They exchanged it for a Chevy Cobalt and it is much, much better! It doesn't speak. It beeps and chimes the way machines are supposed to do. Iit doesn't have anything I haven't seen before. The only creepy thing is that it tells me (on a display window) what song is on the radio. It comes up and displays "KSSJ 94.7 Aaron Neville Use Me". A bit TMI. How does a simple frequency reciever know what's playing?

Get out my tin foil hat!

Guess I've lost my hip card forever.


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22 comments:

Sherry Peyton said...

Oh Chani, so very sorry to hear of all this, and late as usual. I know it is an utter pain. Sigh.. been there, done it more than once too. But it shall pass, just not soon enough to suit ya I'm sure. Best of luck in dealing with the insurance creeps. I hate that stuff to death!

Angela said...

Oh! You got me again. ROFL. Let us know how everything works out! Glad you're okay!

Deodand said...

It's the RDS signal telling your car what song's playing.

http://www.radiofuture.com/rdsgeneral.htm

I have an RDS-capable car but only one station in this frozen wasteland is motivated to broadcast it so far. It's great for those "what's that song" moments.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Oh, cool I would love to have a car with the Neville Brothers programed in. :)

I believe this will be one of those blessings in disguise. The money you get will help you to get a car you like better, and it will work out in a way you can live with.

I'm just very glad you weren't in the car when it was hit. The rest can be dealt with, and will be.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'd have a hard time with an SUV with all the gadgets. We drive such a small, simple car.

flutter said...

Heh, all music is now digitally encrypted, so the receivers can read the info..just like braille

Leann said...

I don't mind if my car talks to me but I want it to say things I WANT to hear.....*you're gorgeous* *Oh look at you girl..you're stylin'* *love the new do* POSTIVE STUFF.

Anonymous said...

Chani,

Whose art is at the top of this blog? I think it is very important to credit people for their work when you use it. Plus, I love the piece and would like to see more by the artist.

3brainer said...

Whoops, that last post came out as anonymous. It was from me.

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Carol said...

I don't like cars talking to me, either!

Oooohhh, writing this, I had a flashback of the old t.v. show, My Mother the Car. Showing my age there.

Our car is so simple that we don't have electric windows or locks. It's fun to watch people try to figure them out!

I hope you get the best price possible for your car.

Woman in a Window said...

Ha! I like you. Simple rules. Cars should behave like cars and people like decent humans. It would all be good then.

Glad it's working out for you with the car.

hele said...

Oi, I am so glad you managed to get the number plate of the person who drove into you and I hope you find one of those cars that feel like a friend :)

Mariposa said...

Sorry for what had happened, and well, glad it happened while the car was parked and you're inside the house! (Commenting for both posts here...)

On the other hand, you had me laughing and smiling...would you believe, I'm 29 yrs old, and those car thingy also scared the hell out of me! LOL So, you're not alone there...

Hope all things turn out well for you, and that what happened happened for a purpose and will eventually be beneficial for you.

Carla said...

I'm with you. No talking cars for me. I have yet to read you post on collision, but I hope you're okay.

PeterAtLarge said...

I'm with Anon, above. Would love to know who did the painting. My guess is Stanton MacDonald Wright. But I could be wrong...! My Prius likes to talk, for some reason in a female voice; but I generally try to shut her up.

citizen of the world said...

I don't want my car talking to me - I don't even like the GPS talking to me.

painted maypole said...

my inlaws have a car with that song feature... i think the radio stations put it out with the signals, because I've noticed that some stations have it and others don't

(sorry I've been away... literally and figuratively. trying to catch up on my reading...)

LittlePea said...

I didn't read your last post so when I first got here I thought, ohno Chani's been in an accident!? So I was glad when I did read your last post that you were not in the car when it got totalled....

I don't mind bells and whistles but I'm probably the only one in the world who doesn't like leather seats. They are burning hot in the summer and cold as Antarctica in the winter. Plus I don't like the smell. That was the only thing I could contribute today since I don't know much about cars. :O)

Lex said...

I don't want a talking car! It gives me the willies!

Priceless!!

ThomasLB said...

The last time I went car shopping I had a heck of a time finding a basic car without a lot of unwanted bells and whistles. I don't really see them as "luxuries" or "conveniences," I see them as a another darn thing that's likely to break.

ThomasLB said...

PS- when you go car shopping, be sure to make a point that you aren't trading one in. In this economy they might be willing to bump their prices a little lower, since you won't be sticking them with another car they can't sell.