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Merrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-23-04 03:29 PM
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19. Conscience pangs over a 3 inch scratch on a bumper? Balderdash!
Here I go playing devil's advocate to counter the crowd of angels wighing down your other shoulder.
Now, I'm not downplaying the importance of accepting personal responsibilty for your actions or anything, rather, my beef is more with the worship of cars that's behind such matters in the first place. Basically, its one thing to have a car with a huge dent or shattered glass, but its another to fuss about every little tiny smudge and miniscule scrape. When you own a car and drive it 100,000 miles, parking it in garages and on the street and in busy grocery store parking lots, its bound to get bumped here and there. I happen to live in a city where I have to park on the street (and a lot of tight parallel parking is required) and if I went out of my way to pursue every case of someone leaving a little paint smudge on my bumper or me on their's, I wouldn't have time to feed myself.
So who cares about whether or not your car has a little pock mark on ins side or a touch of paint on its bumper? The guy driving next to you? He can care less - he's too wrapped up in his world. Me? Hell no. Why should you?
A car's purpose is to get you places. Sure, you don't want it to look like its been put through a demolition derby, but if you're scrutinizing it with a magnifying glass, you're being vain. And if you're driving it into the ground like good modest people do before turning it in for another one, those few tiny scrapes aren't gonna make much of a difference on its resale value.

Flame away.
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