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Honda Prelude, Coupe
May 30, 2007 (8:32 pm)
as I had originally thought. I called the body shop today that will be fixing my car and the owner told me $1200 to fix everything. I told him as long as the car looks PERFECT when I pick it up than that's a very reasonable price. I'll be dropping my car off Monday June 11th. It will take a few days for him to fix my Prelude like new again.
Given that I have a very high deductable ($1000), I'm not going to file a claim with my insurance company and just pay the guy cash to fix my car.
Insurance companies have it written in their policies that they have the right to use aftermarket parts to fix your car. A good way around this is if you ever have an accident, bring the car to the body shop of YOUR choice. Assuming you know the owner, just have him argue with the adjuster that he NEVER uses aftermarket parts because they never fit right.
My sister's first car was a 1995 Honda Accord EX Coupe. She went to college a The University of Hartford. Hartford being the wonderful "up and coming" area that it was, somebody stole the car right out of the campus parking lot. They find the car 3 days later with only the doors, trunk, rear quarter panels, and rear bumper on 4 steel wheels. The insurance adjuster comes out and says they're going to fix the car because there is only $8,000 damage. My Dad was FURIOUS and asked how could that be? The adjuster said they would be using aftermarket parts to fix the car. My Dad shot back that the parts STOLEN from the car were geniune HONDA PARTS and the reason they were stolen is because they are so DAMN expensive. The insurance company pulls the usual corporate "we're sorry, but that's our policy" routine. My Dad says fine, no problem. He pays to have the car towed from the salvage yard to the HONDA DEALER and calls the insurance company to tell them Honda is going to fix the car. Once they got word of that, they sent a supervisor over to the dealership. She drove around the side of the lot where my sister's cxar was and declared it TOTALLED without even getting out of the car. Proof that Hondas hold their value though. My parents bought that '95 Accord as a leftover when the '96's were just coming on the lot. It stickered for about $21K and they bought it for $18K. 3 years later after it was stolen, the company gave them $14,500 for the car.
May 30, 2007 (8:37 pm)
Yeah I've actually toyed with the idea of keeping either my wife's Protege or maybe my Prelude as a spare car. By the time I'm ready to buy a new car for my wife, the Protege will be worth next to nothing. If it still runs well, I might keep it around as a city beater or something.
As long as it keeps running well, the Prelude might make a great 3rd car as well. If my next ride is some RWD powered machine, then I might keep it as a winter car.
I did see a Galaxy Grey Honda Civic Si sedan yesterday that was really nice:) I'd take those DOHC-i-VTEC stickers off the side the first day though!
#2245 of 2496 Re: Not as bad [nyccarguy]
May 31, 2007 (7:07 am)
Glad to hear that NYC. Yeah $1200 is a good deal for using genuine Honda parts. It's only logical to go ahead and pay for it out of pocket since your deductible is $1000. I think this situation will turn out just fine, with a sparkling, clean Prelude.
I've always had multiple cars and it comes in handy. I had to replace the clutch in my Integra a few months ago. No worries, just hopped into my Prelude and didn't miss a beat! Even though my Integra is no beater, I'd rather drive it in the winter than my Prelude. Another definite plus.
I did play basketball in high school. I did not play in college though. And I rarely play now, every blue moon. You are right, my type of build you do see a lot of players in the NFL as well as the NBA. Most of the tall players on the NFL are receivers, one notable exception Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning! He's 6'5" but 240.
Like I mentioned I do get the Reggie thing a lot. But, one thing that is a huge difference; my teeth are nice and STRAIGHT! lol. Never understood that about him. There was a very young boy in my neighborhood once that always thought I was Reggie. He asked me to sign an autograph. I did it for him, he was so happy he ran into the house and showed his mother. The only time I've done that.
Sounds like you've been to Berlin, how was it? It is nice having something to look forward to. I do change planes in JFK, pleaseeee no issues on the day I fly out I try not to fly out of NYC when I can for that reason.
#2246 of 2496 Re: Not as bad [nyccarguy]
May 31, 2007 (7:30 am)
$1,200? I am very surprised it's so low...especially with Honda parts--plus that headlight has got to be expensive. You must be extremely relieved that this ordeal is not going to cost both an arm and a leg.
My opinion of the auto insurance industry and their business ethics/practices is low, low, low. The fact that they can get away with what they get away with just goes to show how much political clout they have with policy makers. (There's lots of lubrication in the form of $$$ going on. ) Unfortunately, the way our society is set up, they're a necessary evil. As I wrote, I see them as legal extorters.
So your anecdote about how your father dealt with your sister's Honda had a very satisfying ending. My thoughts go to the folks out there who aren't very savvy and get "raked through the coals" (another Dad saying).
That's such a relief that the estimate is only $200 higher than your deductible, so you can side-step your insurance company.
Your car will probably look better afterward because the front bumper will be new, right?
#2247 of 2496 Re: The Third Car [nyccarguy]
May 31, 2007 (8:02 am)
As mentioned, I grew up in a household where my father always kept a spare car or two. If a car ran fine (it was just "old" from a fashion standpoint), it was still perfectly serviceable and invariably came in handy. Property taxes are low, and so is insurance.
As you said, your wife's Protege would be next to nothing in the car market--a few thousand dollars? Yet, it would make a great winter car, and you would have something totally reliable in the event that you needed an extra set of wheels. I see the Prelude as "a keeper" (to quote Timothy) because it's a great car--and always will be.
Yeah, what's up with those silly stickers?
#2248 of 2496 Shoes, Bumpers, & Celebs
May 31, 2007 (4:40 pm)
Lulu9: Congrats on your new shoes! I'm glad you see the light and really enjoy those Pilot Exaltos! Tires are the best modification one can make on ANY car! WOW, triple digits! My Prelude hasn't seen that in a long time. It is a rare happening when I hit 90. I spend most of the time between 70 & 75.
It actually works out for me that the bumper needs to be repainted. It has lots of rock chips. I'm just a little nervous using a new body guy, but he comes very highly reccommended.
I've been told numerous time I look like "Ross" from "FRIENDS."
#2249 of 2496 Re: Shoes, Bumpers, & Celebs [nyccarguy]
May 31, 2007 (8:41 pm)
So you have a resemblance to David Schwimmer? I would have never guessed that! (How could I?) Oh that's so funny! It's always fascinating to finally meet (or see) someone with whom you've been corresponding or with whom you've gotten to know over phone through work/business. I had a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT image/idea! "Ross" as you call him has a very "nice guy/solid guy" look to him, so you must too.
From a demographics standpoint, it's interesting how the qualities of the Prelude attracted three owners from completely different backgrounds. The one thing I know we have in common is (very) good taste! And we're fastidious about our cars.
I know you guys will laugh when you read this--go ahead it's o.k. --but there is actually a short list of celebs I apparently look like. Some I agree with in that I can understand their comparison.
For starters, in no particular order, my father (of all people) agrees that I look like the actress Rachel Weisz. Or, rather, that she looks like me, especially in her last film The Constant Gardener. I can kinda/sorta see that.
Then we have the Madonna camp. I will tell you guys that I do not look like her, but there are a few friends and even strangers who see a physical commonality. It’s actually quite embarrassing to hear strangers say, “Oh my God, you look like Madonna” (in grocery stores, restaurants...Metro North even). NO I DON’T!
After that we have Wynona Ryder. That I get… I can actually see for myself what they’re referring to (again, in a way) except a completely different hair style.
Yes...there’s more: I will also get Salma Hayak. I can kinda/sorta see that one as well with the hair style, nose, and eyes.
Finally, we’ve got Bernadette Peters, though she’s quite older—yet she looks absolutely phenomenal. (She does a lot of Broadway musicals—she’s been in two films with Steve Martin.) Completely different hair style and color, but this one I get as well, especially if you ever saw her films with Steve Martin in her younger years. Funny that I’ve had a few gay men ask if I am her younger sister as she used to summer here in Westport, and they saw her up close and personal on several occasions. And a former co-worker thought the resemblance was so uncanny that she thought I should enter a look-alike contest.
So whenever I get dressed up and go out, depending on my “look,” I will typically hear one of the above-mentioned celebs. Then why don’t I have a boyfriend? Because, as I have been reminded, all I do is work, work-out, and refinish kitchen cabinets...or other home improvement project du jour! (Well, being extremely gun-shy after my last experience has A LOT TO DO WITH IT.)
With the deer/animal population (and completely inept drivers), I would never attempt to go above 80 MPH on the Merritt. However, I seized the opportunity on my way back from my friend's cook-out on Saturday. I was returning on I-95; it was around midnight. There was a stretch of highway between Fairfield and Westport with few cars, and I didn't see any cops. SO I JUST WENT FOR IT as I couldn't wait to test my new tires at a high speed! I really couldn't believe how solid the road felt and how smooth the Prelude responded. (I actually did take the car up to 110 for a few moments .) Then I became paranoid again because the State Police Headquarters is off one of the exits I was about to pass. NOT A GOOD IDEA! (I can only imagine the amount of the ticket I would get for going that fast.) But while the fun lasted, I was over-the-top thrilled.
In my Pre-Edmund Prelude Forum days, I would have replaced these stock tires with an all-weather tire: end of story. Boy, was I naive! But that's one of the reasons I decided to participate in this forum. I knew I needed help! As a single gal, I wanted/needed support--out of respect for my Prelude. You guys have been really helpful and supportive--and TOLERANT AND PATIENT. So, yes, I have definitely "seen the light." Experiencing the dramatic difference that tires can make has turned me into a true believer!
Yes, getting your bumper repainted will help your car look like new again. I've already got a few of those (chips) on mine too.
#2250 of 2496 Re: Not as bad [timothyaw]
May 31, 2007 (9:31 pm)
In this day and age, if you were a teenager--and if you were our client --you would be "packaged" as an athletic recruit to an academically prestigious school. Absolutely! And you would have received scholarship money. Freshmen don't get to play much anyway, so even if you were not interested in playing your sport throughout college, you could get the scholarship money for the first year. But you would be in! See--that's the key phrase--getting in! Because once you're in, you're in. You can change your mind about any number of things. (Even top-tier schools do not require the same SAT scores from athletes as they do for everyone else. That's the reality--like it or not.) Athletic recruits, like beautiful women, really do get preferential treatment in that regard. So why not ride the wave if it's there to be ridden?
In other words, perhaps--just perhaps--you might have been "inspired" to play ball a lot more! But the college process is an entirely different ball of wax these days.
I've always been amazed by the cardiovascular conditioning that's required to play full-court basketball. It must be a major work-out for you on those rare occasions when you do play!
I was quite touched by the fact that you signed an autograph for the little boy in your neighborhood. How sweet!
Sounds like one of three things going on with Reggie and his teeth. Theory No. 1 is that he's got a true phobia of dentists--just like John Madden has a phobia of planes and refuses to fly. So having crooked teeth is a minor trade-off to getting into a dentist's chair. Theory No. 2 is that no woman has ever been honest enough to say to him, "Honey, you would be so much more handsome if you got your teeth fixed." Women are often so enamored by rich, successful athletes that they wouldn't dare say anything too risky. Theory No. 3 is that he's too embarrassed/macho to get braces. But I did laugh when I read your observation about his teeth! So you do have something over on him!
Actually, the former boyfriend--the commitmentphobe--was an attache, representing one of our Federal law enforcement agencies, over in Berlin. He lived there for about six years in late 90's/early 2000. I have yet to go there myself though. You will have a wonderful time, even if you do have to fly out of JFK!
Jun 01, 2007 (5:19 pm)
I-95 In CT is one of my favorite roads (as long as it is empty). The cars on that road move like it is nobody's business. My best friend who drives an '05 Pathfinder LE said he was driving behind an MB E-Class wagon going slightly under 90 mph (88 Miles Per Hour) in the left lane. Behind him was a Jeep Compass who was right on his rear end and actually moved into the middle and passed both cars!
I'm not knocking you for hitting the century mark at all. I'm proud of you!
I adore all the curves on the Merrit. Snaking through them in the Prelude is an art form.
Have you ever been to Ching's Table in New Caanan?
Jun 01, 2007 (5:20 pm)
I'm going to the Greenwich Concours D'Elegance car show this Sunday AM. It should be a nice showing of European cars from 1900 - Present.