A few weeks ago I wrote about our selection for our teenage daughter’s first car and listed at least nine criteria for parents choosing a teen’s first car. Criteria #7 was “We wanted something that wouldn’t be a big deal if it did get banged up a little.” This morning, after less than two months of ownership, I had the honor of discovering firsthand why I had the criteria in the first place: “The Dent.”
The night before, our daughter had taken her cherished ride to a crosstown football rival game at the away school. She asserts that she has no idea how it happened, and having been a teenager once in my life, I actually believe her on this one. The dent is in the passenger side rear fender and I doubt she would have backed into anything without noticing what she did.
I would have had a much stronger reaction had it been one of the newer cars my wife and I drive. However, since our daughter is driving a 14-year-old Camry, my reaction was limited to asking how it happened followed by reiterating the accident reporting procedures. I also felt a strong sense of vindication for selecting the car we purchased for an occasion just like this.
Am I happy “The Dent” happened? Of course not. I would never commit such an act against someone else’s property without notification, and I hope others would raise their children up to do the same. However I am glad I don’t necessarily have to worry about taking it into a shop, losing a week’s worth of vehicle use, having to pay our insurance deductible, and dealing with raised insurance premiums. Let’s just chalk this one up as a win for this Toolmonger.