||[Dec. 21st, 2001|12:14 am]
Ah, good thing I've got that money saved up for a downpayment on a house I'm not going to buy. Today, while entering an on-ramp for I-35 I somehow managed to smash my beautiful car into a giant behemoth of a construction truck or something. He was in front of me, merging in, and as I glanced left to make sure I had room to enter, he had come to a complete stop. Whoops. The hood bent and cut into the radiator. Fun stuff. Funny thing is, the headlights and front bumper were untouched. The driver of the balrogesque vehicle just gave me a shrug and a "what do you want me to do about it?" kindof look. Fair enough. There's no way in hell I could have damaged his cast iron bumper.|
So bleeding radiator fluid (and ultimately billowing smoke) I limped my way to Great Hills Automotive. It was across town near my old apartment, but I love those guys, so I risked the trip (and overheating). I know, I should've waited for a tow, but I wanted to get there before they closed. Anyhow, Great Hills Automotive's slogan (which I just made up) is "Sure, we charge more, but we speak coherently, and aren't scary at all. Welcome Yuppie!". To give you an idea, the last time I took my car in (after destroying a tire), they offered me a ride to work.
So now I have to decide whether to get a rental car for the weekend or not. If not, then I'm not going home for Christmas. So I guess I have little choice.
The most ridiculous thing is that 30 minutes ago I suddenly realized that I have insurance, and I should probably call someone about this. So assuming they cover it, I'll only be paying 500 dollars for the deductible rather than whatever ungodly sum Great Hillls "pricey but worth it" Automotive can dream up. Oh, and my after hours incident number is 200101049605. My actual claim number is 324469
I found such a shop when I was in the Raleigh area, except it wasn't a yuppie shop - it was a specialist shop. The owner (and head mechanic) was an ex-race-car-driver. He charged a bit more than others, but was very comfortable and let me watch what he was doing to my car.
As for insurance [takes a deep breath] - think about it first. An at-fault accident could do very bad things to your insurance cost. I'm not 100% sure of the law in that area, but around here it's not considered "at-fault" for insurance purposes unless the insurance company actually spends more than $500 for it.
2001-12-21 11:58 pm (UTC)
As far as insurance goes...
They will eventually find out about the accident, (especially if it was reported to the police), and will deem you at fault whether or not you report it to them.
2001-12-22 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: As far as insurance goes...
It happened to me, and it wasn't even my car (Alexis's), and my insurance company was neither notified, nor did they pay anything. And it wasn't even my fault, and the other car fled the scene.
Go ahead an call insurance, since they can't raise your rates unless you actually make them pay for something. There are all sorts of crazy rules that might make you not responsible for this. When I was 16, I scraped my car along my garage wall, but since the damages occured on our own property, our rates didn't go up. Doesn't make sense, but meh.
2001-12-21 09:40 am (UTC)
show's over folks, let him breathe, step lively
glad that you are safe, though. still an "I" and not a "V".
umm is it in the water that everyone i know gets into an accident this week?
Hope you are ok.