My car ATE me!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette

No seriously, it did. 

On Wednesday, I was out on a "normal" broker tour day, driving around and looking at different homes so I can keep up on the current "homes for sale" inventory.  It was at the last house that I had my problem - I couldn't open the door!  Not the passenger door or anything easy.  It was my driver's side door.  I was faced with the option to either A: climb over the console - mountain goat style - and exit out the passenger door, OR B: roll down the window & exit "Daisy Duke" style.  For the record, neither one is very good for a professional real estate broker in a skirt & heels.  I did opt for the "mountain goat" route though.  Turns out that this incident was a Godsend for me!

When it comes to cars, I'm a serious procrastinator.  I mean, as long as it's driving, I'll get the oil changed on occasion, and unless something physically prevents me from being able to drive (like not being able to open a door??!!!) I'll just keep going.  Well, this was a bit of a problem.  Because I have a Kia, I don't have a local dealership to work with.  The guys down at Knecht's suggested I run to the Hyundai dealership and see if they can work on it.  Nope, I had to run to Salem to POWER and give them my baby. 

"How many miles are on your car?" was the question I was met with.  "Oh, about 70,000." "Has the timing belt been replaced?" How would I know?  I'm the second owner!  So I called the previous owner after doing some backtracking and found out that, no, it hadn't been replaced.  Apparently, that's not a good thing.  I guess Kias have the type of engine that if your timing belt breaks, it throws the pistons through the top of the engine and you have to replace that! 

To make a LONG story short, my car is STILL in the shop, and I have a loaner from the awesome POWER dealership - thankfully - but when I get it back it's going to be in fantastic condition! 

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Eric McGowan
Moody, AL

Kristin, sorry about the car troubles and the expense.

Nov 14, 2008 08:30 AM #1
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Kristin -- I thought you looked real cute in your skirt trying to get over the console to your driver seat! Glad it really is a Godsend for you however!

Nov 16, 2008 12:36 AM #2
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