My Mechanic Crashed My Car So I Gave Him Some Cookies

my mechanic totaled my car

I’ve been procrastinating for so long to get my Acura fixed, inspected, and sold. I finally get it to the mechanic… and he may have totaled it!

Today was a very snowy day. It’s not cold enough for snow, but somehow we still have some. Cars were covered, roads were wet and slushy, and your local garage may have been a dangerous place.

Mine was.

Oops!

I got a call this morning from my mechanic. I was expecting to hear that it failed inspection or that it needed more exhaust work. Never would I have considered he might be calling to tell me he crashed it into another car in his lot.

That’s precisely what happened though. Ironically, it did pass inspection and he was all done with it, when he backed it out of the bay and into another vehicle.

I interrupted his explanation to ask if he was okay and when he said that he was, I told him not to worry about it. I’m not emotionally tied to the car and it’s not our primary vehicle. Since my goal was to put it up for sale next week, I’m fine with whatever the insurance company decides.

If you don’t remember, this Acura CL is my salvage project and I wrote about the work I did here.

We walked a mile through the snow.

Colleen took her car to work today. I almost borrowed it for some errands but changed my mind at the last minute. So I had no way to go visit my mechanic and see the damage.

snowy day in March 2017

I decided to bundle the baby up and walk to Colleen’s work. Charlotte did quite well on our hike through the wind and snow, but she was shivering when we got to the car. Fortunately, my wife works less than a mile from our house and Charlotte warmed right up again in the back seat.

On the way to the mechanic’s, we stopped at the grocery store and picked up some chocolate chip cookies to give to him. I would have made him some home-made cookies, but I had to get back in time to put Charlotte down for her nap, and I wanted my mechanic to like them…

Someone totals your car and you buy them cookies?!

I’m not crazy. I know who’s on the throne and I’m thankful no one got hurt. Isn’t that all that matters?

Sure, it would have been more difficult if it had been my favorite car or if he hadn’t been so apologetic. But even then, I’d like to think I’d have been able to take a deep breath and put it all into perspective.

So why the cookies?

I knew I wanted to go check out the damage and also chat with my mechanic about what to expect from the insurance company, the body shop, and the fate of the vehicle. I couldn’t imagine he was having a good day.

Most importantly, I wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t upset. Even though I said so on the phone, I knew he was probably pretty upset with himself and a little more reassurance wouldn’t hurt. So I bought him some cookies and we went to visit.

I think he relaxed a bit by the time we left. He and his son, who also works there, were very thankful for the gift and my understanding of the situation.

He said, because of the value of the Acura (not much), the insurance company might just write it off. Honestly, that would be completely fine with me. One less thing on my to-do list and a quicker ending to an embarrassing situation for my mechanic.

Give them a cookie.

43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 5:43-45

While my mechanic certainly isn’t my enemy, we’re instructed to love our enemies. I think that easily applies to those that cause us trouble.

I see too many people get upset at the mall because someone walked in front of them. Or at an intersection because the car in front of them isn’t moving on green. So what?! Except in the rare case where your family’s lives depend on it, IT DOESN’T MATTER!!!

It’s not our first reaction to love someone who causes us pain or trouble. But we should love them. And while it may not always be appropriate or possible to give them a cookie, personally… I think you should try.


I hope you’re having a better day than my mechanic.

Was there ever a time you had a difficult situation with someone and you decided to love them rather than get upset? Share it in the comments below. I’d love to add more positive experiences to this one.

  • Alex

    Wish more people would do this, would completely make my week. Hopefully he pays it forward!

    • Andrew Miguelez

      Wouldn’t it be lovely if people were patient and forgiving all the time? I’ve got to work on this too, but today it just came naturally.