I misjudged the entrance to the library so when I turned into the driveway I hit the curb and drove over it. No big deal, I figured. The car still ran fine so I thought nothing of it. That afternoon, I went to a friend’s house and he saw a bulge in my right front tire. He was concerned it might soon blow and cause an accident, so I called AAA for roadside assistance to put on my spare tire.
I figured I’d need a new tire since the sidewall had been damaged. I’d just gotten it nine months earlier.
The warranty was good for a year and I hadn’t driven too far. So I knew it’d still be good, but would likely be pro-rated and I’d have to pay 75% of the cost of a new tire, plus labor for mounting and balancing. I estimated the cost at about $100. A lot of money, but I had no choice if I was to be safe on the road. I found my warranty and tucked it in my purse.
The next day I drove to the nearest auto repair garage, Killian’s Auto Repair, less than five miles from my home. I’d been there several times before and the owner knows me by name.
I walked in and when Steve saw me he smiled and asked what he could do for me. I told him about the mishap I’d had the day before and gave him a copy of my warranty. He said he’d have his guy take a look at it.
I took a seat, grabbed a cup of coffee, and watched the presidential inauguration with him. After about 45 minutes the car had a new tire and was ready to go. Steve handed me the keys. I pulled out my checkbook and asked him how much I owed him. He shook his head and waved his hand.
I thought it would cost $100 and it was free! What a treat. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong. It made me smile that day, thankful for an unexpected blessing.
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