Post # 1
I actually got my butt up at 4:30 to go to the gym this morning, go me! When I woke up, there was about an inch of snow on the ground.
As I was leaving the gym, it was snowing even harder, and it was still dark out.
I backed right into a utility pole that had a stupid metal access box on it. The corner of that metal box put a nice dent/crease in the lid of my trunk.
So annoyed. I’ve never hit anything in my 10 years of driving. I pride myself on being a great driver, so this sucks big time.
I guess in my defense, it was snowing pretty hard and the parking lot has NO lights. And that freakin pole is right next to the parking lot, with no barrier around it to prevent people from getting too close. UGH!
I’m hoping it won’t cost too much to fix my car. From the little bit of research I’ve done, I think it should cost less than my insurance deductible, which is good; no rate hikes.
Feel free to share your car damage and repair stories!
Post # 3
@MichiganGirl24: It shouldn’t cost too much to fix that. Especially if it’s just dent and paint damage.
I totalled my dad’s car once when I was 18 (had been driving for two years at that point). It was not my fault though because I was turning left on an advanced green arrow. Oncoming traffic has a red during that time, but some idiot woman decided to blow through it and I got T-boned. Turns out she was and older woman (maybe in her 60’s, and doing her makeup (!!!). I wasn’t injured too badly thanks to the seatbelt and the airbag. I’m lucky there was no passenger. But I felt so bad about the car and knew that my dad would be pissed.
He was mad, but not at me. He just told me that cars are replaceable but I’m not. The damage was way more than the car was worth at that point, so dad sold it back to his insurance for a settlement and they scrapped it. He got a pretty nice cheque from the other woman’s insurance so he put that towards another car.
I have never hit anything, I have only been hit. In that regard, I have a clean driving record. I’m still a little wary of making left hand turns though.
Post # 4
DH was driving my old car one day and was trying to do math in his head, which caused him to run a red light and hit a Prius (luckily not traveling very fast). He caused $8k of damage to my car (which thankfully was a lease, so Honda got to deal with the fallout from the wreck, not me). He has since been banned from attempting any mental math, and any time we meet someone who drives a red Prius, we warn them to stay away from us as DH hunts those for sport.
Post # 5
All good deeds, right?! That stinks!
Post # 6
Ugh. Something like that can ruin your day so quickly. I’m sorry!
I smashed a window in my car once on a pole that was sticking way out of a dumpster. I couldn’t even see it from the angle I was backing up. Luckily that was mostly just a broken window, but a pain nonetheless and not my most proud story to tell. 😉
Post # 7
I’ve done something of that nature before. But I was trying so hard not to hit something that I hit something ELSE on the other side of the car. And a BRAND NEW car, no less. It just….sucks. Just try to not let it ruin your day.
Post # 8
Well guys, I got an estimate.
I think the guy was purposely trying to rip me off. I did a little research and I could buy a new trunk lid for my car online for about $200.
The estimate I got said that it would cost $400 for a new trunk lid.
And the way he was speaking to me.. really softly and slowly, you know, because I’m a woman. The whole thing rubbed me the wrong way
Going to get a second estimate today. This time, I’m going to be more assertive.