Monday, September 11, 2006
Today we learned the power of our secret weapon-Isabella's cuteness. We're in the process of changing our plates and licences and car insurance from Alberta to Ontario. We thought we had 6 months for this process, but unfortunately you only have 60 days to do said tasks. Fortunately the church gave us a "good faith loan" and we have the ridiculous amount of money needed to finish said tasks.
Or at least we thought we did. The dreaded Out of Province Inspection and Safety took place this morning. Being that we have a lease we take very good care of our car so as not to be dinged with hidden fees upon it's return. The car passed 98% of the inspection with flying colors. However, we got two chips in our windshield from stones on the drive out here. Two miniscule chips, but they are in the driver's plane of view and so must be repaired. Well actually the entire windshield must be replaced due to these two tiny chips. I must stress these chips are tiny, smaller than the end of my thumb, but will cost $400.00 to repair well enough to pass the safety inspection.
Or would they?
We went back to the dealership as a family to pick up the car as we were going to switch over the insurance paperwork. Belle was in top form cuteness. Walking right into the office with a hearty "hello" for all who worked there. Nick asked politely, 'does the windshield need to be replaced or can I just have the chips repaired?'. Let me check with the mechanic says the nice lady. And she comes back, 'As long as they are about 80% less noticeable that will be fine.'. Sweet. So we head to the glass repair place. The man says no problem. But Nick double checks and the guy finally confesses 'I can keep them from spreading but they'll probably be just as noticeable.'. Crap, we're dupped. Back to the $400 price tag. But we stop by the dealership one more time. Nick tells the lady exactly what the repair man said. She notices a very cute sleeping Isabella in her car seat. 'Don't worry about it, you'll pass. See you tomorrow." Basically Nick just has to show up with a receipt proving that someone did something to our windshield and it will be saftey-ed. Sweet. From $400 to $40.
The best news we've had in 6 weeks!
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