Three months ago, we purchased two new tires to replace our old worn out tires in the front passenger and driver side of our 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. We were offered a road hazard warranty, and without hesitating, we said a flat out, “No, thanks.” There was no sales pitch either, and the salesperson did not push for the warranty, so we thought we made the right decision. We had no idea.
And, so, off to our next family trip at a well-known California theme park, it was a beautiful spring day, actually, it felt more like summer.The parking lot was full, except in the “preferred parking.” I asked my husband if we could just go ahead and take the preferred parking instead, which was less than a mile from the tram terminal. But we were able to find a parking space somewhere in parking lot C, so we took it. After all, it’s not much of a hassle to walk in a beautiful afternoon. The kids were excited, they had fun and my husband and I were glad, too. We purchased a season pass for the family and this is the first time for us to use them. After 4 fun-filled hours at the park, it was time to go home.
When we got to the parking lot, everyone was tired and we are all ready to drive another hour to get home. But then we heard a “pop.” We rolled down our windows and heard a hissing sound. My husband went out to see what had just happened. On the front passenger side, he saw broken pieces of a beer bottle all over the ground. It punctured our tire.
So, we called AAA (thank God for our membership). They showed up within 25 minutes and gave us the bad news. The puncture was too deep, and they will not be able to have our tire patched. We went home on a spare tire, and went to Walmart the next day to assess the damage. Since we did not buy the road hazard warranty, the final monetary damage was $172.
It is what it is. We did not buy a road hazard warranty worth $20, and we paid the price in the end, right? The way I see it, it was meant to happen. It was not just an accident, but also an opportunity for me to reflect and learn some life lessons. Given the fact, that it was a hot day, and everyone was tired and hungry and ready to go home, everyone remained calm. There were no bickering, calling names, blame games or “I told you so” that took place. The kids were even in their best behavior. And, we all got home safe. In the past, I have reflected about where I would like to be when the “end of the world” comes? Well, now I see the answer right in my very eyes, with my family. It doesn’t matter how or where the world is going to end, as long as I am with my family.
And yes, I bought the road hazard warranty this time around.