You know those moments when you consciously watch something happen, like you’re seeing it happen in front of you and just let it continue to happen? Yep, that was last Thursday for me when I decided to back out of the garage and watch the driver’s side mirror snap off my car. Doh! Or more like, dum…da dummm dumm dummmmmmm.
I feel so silly and dumb admitting this happened, but it made me realize how unconscious I can be when I do certain things. It was another reminder to practice mindfulness and not rush. It was because I was all hyped for a day of amazing sales calls (they were BTW) and happy to finally have the 6 boxes of donations picked up by Canadian Diabetes, that I mindlessly backed the car out of the garage taking the mirror off.
An Exercise in Futility
So the MacGyver that I am, I decided to try and re-attach this mirror that was dangling by only the electrical cord back onto its nice bracket. (The mirrors collapse on my car and I only removed it from the bracket – phew). So after much finagling in -12-degree weather with bare hands, I thought Eureka let’s try pliers or a screwdriver. Nope, no dice. After several more minutes of finagling, freezing my fingers, getting salt all over my black coat, and throwing a hissy fit in the driveway, I GAVE UP and proceeded to panic.
Oh, Dear Baby Jesus, this is going to cost a lot to fix.
Even though it appeared to be a simple fix, thoughts of $500 service bills raced through my mind to reattach this dangling bit of plastic. Not to mention the thoughts of driving into Downtown Toronto without a drivers side mirror and/or it blowing in the highway speed wind and then ripping off and smashing to the ground (thoughts of $1000 service/parts bills ensued).
Then I thought of calling my appointments and cancelling…yep, all over a silly side mirror.
Guess What I did Next?
I calmed the heck down. I reminded myself that it would all work itself out and I was worrying over several things that had not yet happened and potentially would not happen.
I got back into MacGyver mode, grabbed some string, and tied that sucker onto the bracket so it wouldn’t go smashing to the ground; and I drove to my appointments.
On the way, I called the dealership to ask what needed to happen to get this back onto the car. I asked them for “help” to reattach the mirror, which was not smashed, just dangling. “Oh, that should be easy”, the advisor said, “Just drop by and we’ll see what we can do.” Again, I went into “Uh Oh” mode and visions of $500-1000 invoices danced through my head.
Nerve-wracked and driving without a mirror for several hours…
I made it to the dealership and drove my car into the service area.
“Hi, I called earlier about the mirror I broke off my car.” (Felt wonderful saying that…UGH)
“Oh sure, let’s take a look.”
The advisor made his way out to my car, took a look at my stringing job, said that was a good idea and proceeded to reattach the mirror to my car. He even took the time to offer a few tips on how to get the mirror back on if it happens again.
“Ok, you’re all good, you can drive out that way.”
WHAT!? No bill? No hundreds of dollars spent? Did that really just take you 3 minutes to do?
“Can I give you a hug?” Yep, I asked him if I could hug him, he thought about it but was covered in salt so let it go, to which I thanked him profusely and drove off feeling absolutely amazing.
Driving home, I was in awe of the day and was grateful for it. It has been a long time since I’ve had such a positive day. Thank you universe for helping me avoid a potentially costly error and for the positive, amazing day!
I ultimately learned that there’s always a need for a car repair fund or emergency fund. Sadly you won’t always get this lucky when it comes to cars. If you own a vehicle, it’s important to set aside money in your budget each month for licensing, insurance and repairs. You never know when an “I broke this or that” type of day will come up.
TIPS for quick car fixes:
Think safety first! Never drive your car if something can or will fall off and damage someone else’s vehicle.
Always ensure you have the proper tools and knowledge before attempting a repair yourself.
Ask your shop or dealership for advice/help, you’d be surprised at how much info they’ll share. It never hurts to ask, right?
If you snap your side mirror off, tie it securely in place with string. Make sure all the weight is not on the wires. Tie string to the mirror then to the wire bracket on the side of the car.
Have you had a moment of mindlessness that cost you hundreds of dollars?