Back in October, I wrote about my first car UNO. I had given him up for a bigger car a Mazda Tribune AKA The Reid. The damn car was supposed to be reliable, except it was a piece of crap. When we buy a used car, FullEclipse and I always choose to get an extended warranty. Even if the car comes from a dealer, you never know what could happen.
One of the first issues the car had (yes, I will strip the name The Reid) was the gas cap light coming on for no reason. The dealer reset the light. But, if the car displayed the light again, I was to bring it it for testing. Care to guess what happened next? The light came on. I took the Mazda back to the dealer. There was an issue with a pump. The piece needed to be replaced. For a $100.00 copay, a gas cap with labor was not a bad deal. Well…the warranty did not cover that piece. We paid $225.00 out of pocket to change the gas cap. The dealer took its sweet time fixing it. While the car was in the shop, Packzi, FullEclipse, and I got very sick. Picking up the car took another extra two days. So, I was without a car for two weeks. I bought the car at the end of October and drove it for about two weeks before dropping it off with the dealer.
Once I got the Mazda back on the 30th of November, I went on my routine. Monday, December the 3rd was an ordinary day. On Tuesday, Paczki had her first recital. For logistical reasons, I dropped FullEclipse off at work to avoid having to take an extra car to the recital. My parents would pick him up while I took Paczki.
During the drive, things weren’t right. FullEclipse asked me if I was okay. I said yes. Normally I get nervous if he is in the car with me while I drive. As I dropped him off at work, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling right and that I needed to get a grip on my driving because my kids depend on me for my safety. From that moment, I was extra careful with my driving. I was on high alert.
I dropped Packzi off. K2 was in the car with me. I was making a right hand turn when the steering wheel locked on me. It would not move. It was completely locked. I remember thinking, “this is what happens in my dreams. I don’t have control of the car.” My next thought was, “I am going over the median.” Everything happened in slow motion. I was very calm. There were no screams as I was going over the bushes and into oncoming traffic. The area is heavily congested. We have county and federal offices around. At 8:00 in the morning, traffic is horrible. I knew I would hit a car coming my way. Yet, the cars were stopped by the red light at the end of the street. I could not believe it. It really felt like an out of body experience.
Once the car stopped, I called FullEclipse. How do you tell your husband that you had an accident but that you were okay? I told him that I couldn’t control the car. He asked me to turn off the engine. The steering wheel unlocked. I was able to back up into the courthouse where FullEclipse and I got married. I called my mom because she needed to pick up FullEclipse since he didn’t have the car.
I called AAA. FullEclipse arrived and we went to the dealer.
More on their answer later!!