So, after I bought my Saab, after getting screwed over by the inspection company (if you ever talk to Rob at ASR, tell him to burn in hell, give me my money back, and then report his ass to the FTC), when I had it checked out at the Saab dealership in Fort Wayne, IN for some problems that cropped up, one of the things I was told was that 2 of the wheels (both Passenger side) were “slightly bent.” It wasn’t bad, I’d probably be ok for a year to a year and a half or so. That was . . . concerning, but I’ve dealt with it. One of many little background niggling worries that I’d, eventually, deal with. Part of my recent plans have been to get the wheels checked out locally (probably by Midland Frame and Wheel, as I was very pleased with them on the rear brake job, and they come highly recommended by a mechanic I trust, and they seem competent), and see what options I’d have for repairing or replacing the wheels. Hopefully, repair would be viable. I kinda like the stock Saab wheels. I’ve looked into some stuff online for them, though, and repair (remanufacture), or replacement would be . . . costly. Probably at least around $125 a wheel, possibly more. Eeesh. Then a full new set of Good (not super, but Good – probably Falkens or maybe Pirellis) tires. This would happen in, hopefully, 2-3 months down the road, or possibly sooner if I got a sizable bonus from the software deployment at work. Well, plans changed there, having a bonus at all is questionable, and when I might ever get a raise here so I can afford all of this necessary stuff is mystery as well.
This morning, an auspicious, lovely start to my day, I head downstairs, and notice, hmm, that’s funny . . . that (front passenger) tire looks low. No, actually, it looks bloody flat. I hobble the car to work (thankfully it’s a very short drive), go tell James I’ve got a flat and am going to the tire place (Discount Tire, also, thankfully, very close by). I hobble it there, park it right in front, apparently smack in the way of practically everything. They were really busy. I spent probably 10+ minutes waiting just to get talked to. Told it’ll be 45 minutes or so before they can look at it and give me an assessment. I call James, get a ride back to work. Get a call a bit later. Verdict? Wheel is badly bent, they’re doubtful a new tire on it will even stay inflated. ~$190 for a new wheel and tire. Oh, and also, the rear passenger wheel is pretty badly bent. It should really be replaced too. Except I can’t right now. I simply don’t have the money. MAYBE I can swing getting another wheel (hopefully I won’t need another tire with it too) next paycheck. The timing on this sucks ass.
So, went and picked up my car – $190.64 total – during the process of writing this post. I’m past being angry now, and am just sort of weary and demoralized. All by 10:15 a.m. today! AWESOME!