Car Trouble: Watch Out for Those Pesky Wabbits

Pesky Bunny Wabbit Photo by Penelope PinceWhen we moved into our house, we were thrilled to find wild rabbits frequently visiting our yard. We’re animal lovers, so while many people consider them pests, we don’t mind too much that they come and eat our sprouting grass and leave giant rabbit pellets all over our yard; we figure it’s good fertilizer. We even tried to feed them once, but they had no idea what carrots were for (a squirrel ended up eating it). But this time these cute little rabbits have gone just a little too far.

With our automatic garage door inoperable, we’ve been parking our car in the driveway these last few months. Last week, when I needed to go the hardware store, the car wouldn’t start. Everything sounded fine, the engine cranked, the battery was good, but the bloody car simply wouldn’t start.

I called our auto insurance company (Progressive) with which we have roadside service, and arranged for towing to our local mechanic, and 2 hours later my mechanic called with the diagnosis: rabbits had chewed the cables under the car. This is a common problem in our area due to large amounts of undeveloped land – our house is one of 5 or 6 on our street.

This simple problem of chewed cables cost us $150 for the mechanic to take apart the engine and fix the cables. This repair supposedly took him 2 hours (at $75 per hour), but I have a hard time believing that it really did, because when I got there a little under 2 hours later, the mechanics were playing solitaire on the computer. This is what I hate about hiring people to do work that I myself don’t know much about. I have half a mind to go and learn auto repair – and everything else it takes to maintain the entire house.

On top of it all, I had to traipse across the desert (alright, just a small chunk of desert – about 10 minutes) in 101 degree heat to pick up my car.

So a word of advice: If you live in an area where there are wild rabbits, try not to park your car outside, especially during hot summer days. They hide under the car to get away from the sun, and because there’s nothing else to do, they gnaw on whatever they can find under the car – namely, wires. When I went to pick up my car, the mechanic pointed out parts of my engine that had rabbit hairs stuck to them.

I do still think they’re cute. I suppose you can’t blame them. They don’t know any better, and they have to chew things to keep their teeth from growing to long. To prove just how cute they are, here are a couple of bunnies that visited us a couple of years back. Now how can you hate anything as cute as this?

Cute Bunnies Photo by Penelope Pince

Cute Bunny Photo by Penelope Pince

P.S. We are now looking harder to find a professional repairman who will service our area.

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3 thoughts on “Car Trouble: Watch Out for Those Pesky Wabbits”

  1. I’m a great fan of wildlife, too, but as you’e learned there are “issues”. I draw the line at skunks. ;-)
    Great luck you have a tow service. I’e always considered that an excellent investment.
    Good idea to research ahead of time for those service people you’re sure to need, sooner or later:
    car mechanic
    electrician
    roofer
    plumber
    psychiatrist (just kidding!)

    Those rabbits sure are cute! Nice post.

  2. Maybe you should get the garage door opener fixed. You can buy a new one for less than the cost of the car repair. You can get a very basic one for about $80 at most home centers. If that’s not doable for you right now, why not just unhook the opener from the garage door? Reconnect the manual lock and you’re back parking in your garage. I’m reminded of a lady I saw in the mall parking lot a few months ago. She was cursing up a storm because the battery on her little remote car door opener was dead. How on earth was she going to unlock her car if the remote didn’t work?

  3. We have the rabbits, too. My DH doesn’t like some of the bare spots where they’ve chewed up all the grass, but I tell him we’ll just plant something there. :-)

    I haven’t seen them venture to the front yard yet so his truck wires may be alright (I park my car in the garage). But I think I’ll watch out for the turtle that visits periodically.

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