Late last week I discovered that I have been driving my car illegally for many months. Yikes! How did that happen???.
My 2003 Prius sustained minor hail damage last spring. The damage was so minor that I didn't even see it for a few days--until the sun hit it just right and I could see some tiny, tiny dings. They weren't very noticeable, but, still, it seemed like a good idea to get the car repaired--It may be 9 years old, but it only has 60,000 miles on it, and I intend to keep it for a very long time.
Here's my car. I love it even more today than when I drove it off the lot in February 2003.
Imagine my surprise when my insurance company declared my car totaled. I decided to keep the car "as is" and accept the check State Farm offered me. Easy peasy, right?
Turns out I didn't know about some very important paperwork that was supposed to be filed in order to continue driving a "totaled" vehicle. I discovered this only when I recently tried to renew my tags. I also learned that I can't legally operate my vehicle until the paperwork (which can take 6-8 weeks I've been told) is completed and I can get new tags.
I'll admit that I'm fortunate to have a lifestyle that does not require much driving. I probably average one car trip a week. I buy gas so rarely that I hardly think about it. I can always borrow Bill's car, which sits in the Locust Street garage because he hardly drives either. It's an Accura in a pretty shade of red.
I drove it to Bearden today, and I couldn't wait to return the Accura to the garage. I know I'm being whiny, but I can't believe how much I miss my car. I'm not the kind of person who names a car. I know it's a piece of machinery. But I love my car. It's like a broken-in comfy pair of shoes. (For the record, I don't like buying new shoes either.)
So, please, Tennessee Department of Revenue, have a heart. I'll look for those papers every day, anticipating the moment when my car and I are reunited. Until then, I'll be mostly on foot--wearing comfy shoes.
A bit of a whiny moment--that's what we're having.