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The Laid Off IT Guy! In Need of Repair

Expensive repairs never come at a good time.  When you are unemployed, as I am, big expenses could not have come at a worse time.  It reminds me of the old saying, “When it rains, it pours.”

On the surface, the following story might sound absurd, but it really happened to me.  While I was out of town for a couple of days my wife called and told me that she couldn’t open the garage door to get her car out.  I certainly couldn’t help her hundreds of miles away, but fortunately a neighbor came to the rescue.  He must have been really strong because upon returning home I found that we had a broken spring on our garage door of our 4 year old home.  That was a $250 charge to replace both springs.

Since we couldn’t easily open the garage door we parked on the driveway.  Upon returning home the following day I noticed a pool of fluid on the driveway where it had been parked.  When I drove my car next it made loud noises when turning.  You guessed it.  It was steering fluid. After replacing the steering system, and getting an oil change, tires rotated, etc., the bill was $1600.  Ouch!

The following week the microwave oven went out.  While waiting for a replacement part the oven went out.  That makes it hard to cook.  I resorted to grilling out more and using the wok and skillet for a week or so until parts were in for the microwave. Fortunately, it was covered under the warranty.  The oven was not.  It was going to cost more than $300 to replace the baking element and computer circuitry, so we bought a new oven for $600.  These were both new appliances with the house.

Would you believe that our 4-year-old Plasma TV died during this period of time, as well?  Three service calls resulted in substantially a new TV within the same cabinet by the time they finished replacing all of the parts. Another lucky thing that was covered under warranty with about 1 week left!

Quality today on consumer electronics and appliances, in my experience, has been appalling. I didn’t need these charges.  I got lucky that two of the service calls were covered by warranty or it would have been much more costly. I’m glad that I opted for the extended warranty on my TV plan!

Best of luck to you on your job hunting ventures.

Thank you!

The Laid Off IT Guy!

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