Recently between rain storms Mr. Boomer and I headed out for our weekly grocery shopping. As the car progressed down the street we were gawking at downed trees from the most recent rainstorm that passed through when suddenly there was a big jolt and loud noise. It scared the heck out of us and got our attention quick.
Our right front tire had an encounter with a LARGE pothole and was making an unusual noise as we continued. Mr. Boomer pulled over and couldn’t see anything wrong so we continued on and the noise abated. We thought that was the end of the story (or at least hoped).
Later That Week
A few days later a co-worker emails me that the front passenger side tire is nearly flat. I called my rescuer, Mr. Boomer, who took it to the nearest gas station for air. The leak continued at a slow rate and close examination revealed a bent wheel (see above photo). Sigh!
A phone call to Hyundai revealed that they won’t replace the wheel without installing a brand new tire. We just replaced our tires a few months ago and didn’t want to unnecessarily replace one. The tire shop where we purchased the tires said they’d put the existing tire on a new wheel but suggested we get the wheel from the dealer to avoid their mark-up as they’d get it from the same source. Mr. Boomer had to pre-pay $394 for the new wheel while they ordered it in.
A few days later the new wheel arrived and the tire shop installed and balanced the existing tire for a charge of $12.50. They have also won a loyal customer.
A quick trip for groceries ended up costing $400 in car repairs. Because we have funds for car repair and emergencies there was no panic or new debt. Living within your means really does bring peace of mind.
The pothole was finally repaired a few days ago. I hope we were the only victim and am thankful it was only an annoyance; not a disaster.
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