This post is hard to write because it involves me admitting that I was wrong. Last summer I hit a deer with my month-old car coming back from vacation. Y wanted to bring it to a big, local bodyshop to get the work done. My friend has an autobody shop and I wanted to bring it to him. He had done work for me before and it turned out well. He had also done work for a friend of mine and she had great results. Y and I argued about it at the time and I won. We brought it to my friend. He waived the $500 deductible and completed the work. It was about 14K of damage to my car but it wasn't totalled because I had just bought the car.
I was happy with the work at the time and didn't have any complaints other than how long it took. It took about 2 1/2 weeks for it to be done which I thought was excessive.
Fast forward 11 months and I'm washing my car by hand. I notice that there is a lot of chipping on the front bumper and hood of my car. I contacted my friend to take a look. I really wanted him to fix it free of charge because I thought that it was a bad paint job. I also had him order the black plastic piece that attaches to the bumper. Mine was ruined from hitting a curb and getting stuck in my driveway. That piece was about $100. He comes back and tells me that he can do the black piece and repaint the bumper for $525. I had him go ahead and do it.
Y was really mad because I didn't talk to him about it. In retrospect, I was wrong and I know it. I shouldn't have had him repaint my car again because it will probably chip again. I shouldn't have had him do the work in the first place because when I needed it warrantied, he just told me that I had hit a lot of rocks that had chipped my car. I find that highly unlikely. This was a very stupid financial move on my part and I wish that I could take it all back but I can't. I made two mistakes by having him do it in the first place and then fixing it again for $525.
I'm still a little sore about this. I just paid him yesterday and picked up my car. Yes, it looks nice and I really, really hope it stays that way.
Have you ever had to step back and admit to your spouse that you were completely and utterly wrong? It's hard, huh?