My New Car
Not really! About a year ago I got in a small accident at work. Technically it was my fault but you can ask anyone that works with me – it is just not safe trying to get out of our parking lot. All in all though the accident wasn’t too bad. I had some front end damage. We fixed most of it but there is a little bit still “broken” in the front. Just enough to make my car look like it is snarling at you while driving down the road. I actually like that look – it has grown on me.
But then my car was at a garage for an oil change and the garage burned down – arson. My car was close enough that the black trim all along the top (which is chrome colored covered in like a black vinyl) melted and peeled up. It looked terrible.
Somewhere along the way in the last year, two of my hubcaps (cheap plastic things) lost large chunks and split – but they were still on. Then a couple months ago I pulled too close to the curb and one of the hubcaps rubbed on the curbing – which was under construction at the time. That hubcap literally shattered into a thousand pieces.
At that point I was not happy with my car. It is a 1995 Volvo 850. It is quite old and has 175,000 miles on it. BUT I LOVE THAT CAR. It has leather seats, heated seats, and so many other things that make me happy including it is a standard.
So I started working on it to sell it. I wish I had taken a “before” photo but I had no idea the changes would be this awesome. The result is now I don’t want to sell it – isn’t she pretty again?!
First I gave her a bath – then wouldn’t you know it rained. Washed her windows…. (Her name is Betsy).
I spent $20 on new plastic hubcaps (for all 4 – what a deal right?). They aren’t volvo issued but they are new and that works for me.
Lastly, and this was my favorite part – the black trim along the top that was melted and sticking up all over the place — I peeled of what I could revealing all of the chrome colored trim. Then I used extra durable black electrical tape and covered the trim. It is now shiny and black again.
Looks like factory installed trim right?
So for $23 my car is good as new except for the snarling face in the front – perfectly fine with me! Now if I could just find a way to fix the one cup holder in the car. That would make me very happy.