Fire ripped through the camping trailer in the early morning hours. The orange glow of the flames reflected off a wood fence across the street, soon joined by the red flashing lights of emergency trucks.
The trailer burned to its metal frame, leaving the rest as nothing more than black soot.
Parked not 2 feet from that trailer was my brand-new 2004 Honda Pilot, which, when daylight came, looked surprisingly good. Well, from the passenger side, anyway. I soon found out the driver’s side had almost completely melted away. Shattered glass burned holes in the new leather. The paint bubbled and peeled. Rubber trim was simply gone. While the Pilot didn’t catch fire, the intense heat destroyed the vehicle, which I thought would be totaled out. I took solace in knowing I’d get another new car.
The damage came to about $14,000, while the insurance company said the vehicle was still worth around $30,000. I always thought $14K was a lot to put into a vehicle that would never really be the same. But then I read about Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1, and I have a new appreciation for expensive car repairs.