The other day, I was driving home on I64 and there were a bunch of cars on the road. I had just gotten past Hampton and the traffic was just starting to thin out but everyone was still kind of close together and going 65-70. Well, I was about four car lengths behind the car in front of me when I saw the car in front of me hit something pretty hard and the right side of the car jumped up a bit. Then I saw the cursed thing, it was a 4x4x12 wooden post and about 15 cars ahead of me had all run over it. Some idiot didn't properly secure the post on the back of his truck or something and there it was, lying perpendicular to the road, on the busy Interstate during rush hour on a Friday afternoon. All of these cars were running over it because no one could see it due to traffic. Well, I hit the damned thing and bounced pretty hard. I felt the car vibrate a little and knew I had done at least a little damage to the wheel. I pulled off at the next ramp and pulled into a parking lot to inspect the car. The inside of the wheel was dented a little, not much where I couldn't drive it home, but enough to where I had to get the wheel fixed. Then I saw the shield under the car, which was broken a good bit. It was loose under the car because it was only on the car since the bumper was holding it on.
I called the dealership in VA Beach and they quoted me $150 on the alignment, and said I will need a new wheel and whatever it costs to replace the shield. $150 for a freaking alignment?!?! Jesus, that is stupid. I am still waiting for my BMWCCA car to get here, but hopefully that will save a little bit. But damn, $150 for an alignment? I wonder how much they are going to try and steal with the cost of the wheel plus all the work installing the new parts? Is there any way you can straighten out the bend in the wheel? I mean, it isn't that bad, but it does need to be fixed. My insurance deductible is $500, so if it is only a few hundred over that, I would rather pay it than get the insurance company involved. Anyone know someone in the VA Beach/Chesapeake area that might be able to help me out or at least look at the car and not want to drain my bank account?