Back in January, Ryan backed into the van we had just bought 10 days before. I got an estimate for repair but never got it fixed -- duct tape was a whole lot cheaper and did the job, until it rained this spring.
Last Thursday my van was at the garage to get the sway links and sway bars fixed: $225
Friday, my van went to the body shop to get the bumper and back quarter panel fixed. While they worked on that, I drove their little Rav. Although I'm thankful for their loaner car, I did not like the Rav or the slight smell of smoke within. So today I went to pick up my van. I never thought I'd be so excited for a van. Maybe it was because they washed it and vacuumed it out for me. I walked up to the owner saying "Kurt, I have a bumper, in one piece, and no duct tape. I love it." He stood there and asked me to come take a look at it before I got real excited. The van that he'd just parked by the front door for me to pick up had a new owie. Someone opened the door and the wind caught it and it took a tin layer off of my freshly painted bumper. I didn't care really, it was in one piece. Kurt on the other hand felt awful. We made arrangements for him to fix it when I get back to my office next month. He told me that I didn't need to pay him until then. Poor guy!
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