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First Mercedes, spun out on the way to change out the title, scrapped?
Hey, I guess I just wanted to share some woes, get some advice (prefer not to hear what an idiot I am, but if you can't hold it in...), and the like.
2 weeks ago, I bought my first Mercedes. It was a 2001 E430, fully loaded, black with tinted windows... Gorgeous looking car outside of some tire well surface rust I was planning to fix in the spring. Drove well, and no complaints. I bought it on CL for 3500.00, from a man heading back overseas. Haven't owned a car in 5 years (brother took my last car out, been very broke since), and... I was excited!
Well, the following day I was driving the car to the Secretary of State to get the title transferred (Cars in MI have 24 hours after purchase to make it to the Secretary of State for plates). I live in Dearborn, and was on the highway (I-94) in Detroit, when I hit some bad ice, spun out, and hit the cement divider. I was going 62 miles per hour (the speed of everyone else around me) when lost control, so I hit the wall at a speed less than that. Lovely concussion, eye scratches, and Harry Potter-esque forehead scar, followed. An aside: I have had a perfect driving record, maybe 2 parking tickets in my life, and have always been very responsible on the road. After looking at the car in the junkyard, the tires on it were complete trash, and probably the cause of everything.
While someone was kind enough to rush me to the hospital, a cop comes up to find my car, without plates, and the inside covered in blood. A little funny- I got a citation for fleeing a crime scene. Apparently its necessary to always call in the crash if there's blood? The cop was being a bit pushy, and now a court date is pending.
The car was towed to Trumble Yard in Detroit, where I had to pay 400 dollars in fees after the cop put it on hold and refused to take my call to let me get the car out (and have the yard stop charging me money). I had the car towed to a auto shop in Livonia, where a family friend looked at it. The car has front end damage, and I attached a picture. Well, the family friend looked at it, and since it has frame damage, he said I would be best off scrapping it. The tow yard was complaining about me wasting their time, and as I haven't the time, nor space to take it- I agreed to sell it back to the Tow Yard for the grand sum of 200 dollars.
So yeah, that leads up to today. $3500+ for one ride. Don't know whats next, but its probably going to be a while.
Heh. Dont take your gorgeous heated seat cars for granted.