Long-time readers of my blog will remember the two car nicknames at the title of this blog post. Cardachrome was my 2005 Saturn Ion, the second car I ever personally owned. I had that car from 2010 to 2012, when its myriad of electrical issues convinced me it was time to get a different car. The Blackbird was my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, which I owned from 2012 to 2016, when it was destroyed in a four-car collision on a North Carolina highway.
For the past four years, I’ve driven my current car, a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze (nicknamed “Dracourage,” a portmanteau of “Dragon” and “Courage”), and memories of my previous rides have faded into the ether.
Until I received two postcards in the mail.
Let me fill you in.
Several General Motors cars, especially those manufactured between 2004 and 2014, had faulty ignition switches. Some of the switches wouldn’t start the car, others wouldn’t shut off. There’s currently a class action lawsuit that should provide some sort of financial remuneration to those who had such cars and who needed to have them repaired or serviced due to the ignition issues.
So … I thought about this. I know that I had several electrical problems with Cardachrome, and the Blackbird – while it was a superior vehicle – did have some niddling issues. But that’s not on them, that’s on whatever construct GM did in their Spring Hill, Tennessee and Lordstown, Ohio factories. And I know that class action lawsuits claim to trickle down lots and lots of money to the affected parties; but in reality, I know that I’ll probably receive just enough of a payment for a keychain or an air freshener.
But, hey, someone out there wants me to be aware of this. So I hunted down the VIN numbers for both cars, and I went online to fill out the paperwork.
Hmm. The settlement website says that I still own the Blackbird. Well, “own” is kind of a nebulous term, when one considers that whatever was left of the Blackbird is now sitting in a North Carolina junkyard, it’s not like I can hop in it and drive to an ice cream parlor with it. So I had to send an additional affirmation, stating that my ownership of the Cobalt terminated in 2016.
Filled out everything online. Received confirmation e-mails and tracking information for both vehicles.
Now I wait.
Again, I’m not expecting anything major from this. But something’s better than nothing, and I would like to at least know that those who were affected by the GM ignition switch issues will receive some sort of compensation for their troubles.
I’m good with that.