after breaking and before temporary fix
In order to ease my stressed frugal, cheap, parsimonious, financially stressed mind and not wealthy mind, I took my car for an estimate. We, car and I, went to a body shop that has done all my body work in the past. Plus, I trust them and have known the family for 35 years.
Sometimes, knowing the news, whether good or bad is better than not knowing at all.
He offered to put some transparent, red tape over the light. I didn't know such a thing existed. He took a razor blade and carefully cut around the tape so that it does not look like a patch. Also, the tape does not touch what is left of the paint on the car.
He made a few calls.
cost for one 2000 Malibu, outer tail light:
another option--get someone to go remove the right tail light from the junkyard if it will be cheaper. I think that might be cheaper. Now, I have to figure who is willing that will also know how to remove the tail light and how to get the right one!
1-2-3 Group primal scream now!
I don't consider this repair cosmetic. Guess what I will get when I can afford it. I wonder if this part could be found more cheaply.
This repair is going to cost the earth in resources. That is just not right. The little red plastic lens replacement would be so much kinder to the earth.
The first picture was taken at night. The second picture was taken in full blazing sun.
Okay, no more car tail light repair posts.
Do car repairs of any sort throw your budget so far out of whack that you are stressed? Are you as annoyed as I am when you have to replace whole chunks of your car when a little red lens-like piece could have been made replaceable for less money and less waste in earth's resources? Do you go for the cheap repair when it is not a vital, moving, functioning part of your car?