Well, not one to complain about crappy luck usually but this one has me frustrated and I needed to vent. A few weeks ago my wife wrote her van off in an accident involving an icy road and a tire blow out. It was an older van so we didn't have collision insurance on it. Well long story short I looked around and found her a 1998 Honda Accord in really nice shape albeit high mileage. Well it went in for safety today. Something all Canadian Cars must pass before being driven on the road. I paid a modest $1700.00 for the car and didn't negotiate on the price because it looked to be in such good condition. Well the mechanic informed me today the front sub-frame is rotted out and not safe to drive. Given the sub-frame is what the engine, front end and transmission all bolt up to it's kind of a critical component. So it sounds like he has to locate a good used sub-frame from the southern united states ship it here and install it. I am looking at around $2000.00 by the time is all said and done. I take some comfort in the fact that he says otherwise the car is in excellent shape otherwise and this is a common problem with that year. Something about an air conditioning hose that drains down on the sub-frame. Not the news you want the week before Christmas. Money has been really tight this year and work is not as plentiful as it once was for those of us self employed. Perspective though says, my wife and my four kids are healthy, they sit in a warm house tonight with presents bought and paid for under the tree. Sometimes though you just need to vent! Thanks for listening.