From: San Antonio, TX
ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake
So I splurged (because my old car had 195K miles on the original engine) and got myself a new 5 series. Needless to say the thing is fun to drive. Anyway, so I go out to dinner and have two martinis and a bunch of pasta and I am driving back home and I come up to the 405 to 133 interchange and it has this really fun onramp. Hey, I was powerless to resist.
So I am going about 60 on the 25 MPH onrmap and all four wheels are starting to drift and I get to the top and there is a distinct crown in the road and...whoa. Long story short I smack into this little curb with both driver side wheels and knock out the front end alignment and gouge the front rim. Bloody Hell!
I don't really want to tell my insurance company so I just go down to the BMW dealership for my pennance. The pennance amounted to about $1100 after I had to replace one rim and tire (tyre). But that is not good enough for them. They want to sell me 100% nitrogen for my tires (tyres).
"How much for that?", I ask.
"$40 Mr. Mandrake"
"$40 dollars for nitrogen, are you kidding?"
"No sir, it's 100% nitrogen. It's supposed to last longer."
"Eons, I imagine."
"OK, how about this, the tires (tyres) have compressed air already, right?"
"And air is 78% Nitrogen or so."
"Right, so I will sell you the air in my tires (tyres) for 80% of $40, that's $30, and that leaves mostly Oxygen, you guys could set up an oxygen bar for the clients, that's got to be worth at least $10 or so. Then we are even. Y'all can have the argon for free."
"I wouldn't know how to write that up. How about I just throw in the Nitrogen Service as a courtesy?"
Pfft...only a cretin would drive a nice sports car around with residual helium and hydrogen gases and residual dihydrogen monoxide vapor in the wheels. Clearly *that's* the reason your car skipped the curb-as a means of protest.