Post # 1
I am SO mad at myself right now. I was backing out of the parking lot at work, and a guy in the company next door had parked kind of in the middle of the road. I was backing up and apparently misjudged the distance because the next thing I know I hear the dragging of my back bumper across his front grate.
Yes – I should have been more careful. I know it is my fault. But I am just so upset with myself – like what the hell! I am a good driver, so why the heck did I back into some guy. UGH.
He seemed good though and was going to get a quote from a body shop sometime today and let me know what it will cost. I really don’t want to go through insurance (my insurance will double and that hardly seems worth it for a stupid scraped up front bumper), so I will probably just pay him directly as long as it doesn’t cost too much – which it shouldn’t (fingers crossed). It just sucks to have to pay for something that happened out of my own stupidity.
Sigh….I hate myself right now. Thanks for listening ladies 🙂
Post # 3
Fingers are crossed. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Stuff happens! At least no one was hurt, right?!
Post # 4
Aww, don’t be so hard on yourself! We’ve all been there…some of us more than others *cough* me *cough* so I can totally understand and relate! In a few weeks time you’ll be laughing about it.
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! I know it’s not the worst thing ever – no one got hurt and the damage is minimal, so that is good at least! It’s one of those annoying things that happens sometimes! I don’t hate myself (haha); I am just mildly irritated at the whole thing. Hopefully the cost isn’t too much, and then the whole thing will be over – and I will watch more closely when backing out of that parking lot!
On a side note – I actually used to park on the front street, but moved to the back parking lot thinking it would be safer after a semi side swiped and broke my driver’s side mirror in February (no joke!). How ridiculous is that?! It must be bad luck haha!
Post # 6
I’m sorry to what happened..but glad that no one was hurt. I had a similar accident two years ago, where I settled it personally (not through insurance) b/c what happened to the other person’s car was pretty minor.
Like in your situation, he also went to get a quote and got it back to me. The cost was a little higher than I expected, so I called around myself to other body shops to see what they were charging..
Because I had the part numbers (from the quote), I was able to find out how much those exact same parts cost. Luckily I was able to negotiate with his body shop and pay the lower prices I found elsewhere. Saved a few bucks. (just a tip)
Oh and I don’t know if this will help.. (I work in a law firm and was extremely paranoid about it)–maybe after all is done and well, you should sign some agreement that everything is agreed to and settled. (b/c the last thing you want is for the guy to come back and bug you about other things he didn’t catch that went wrong with his car)
Just my two cents from experience. 😉
Post # 7
Aww that sucks but it was an accident and could have been much worse! Msg me if you need to get him a rental while his car is in the shop – i work for Budget and I’ll give you a great deal!
Post # 8
How did everything go with this? I hope the estimate wasn’t too much.
Post # 9
@SM1982: Hello! I just realized someone responded to this – I wasn’t ignoring you on purpose! The estimate was CRAZY. Turns out, I hit a 1989 Mercedes…right-hand driver’s seat. It was like $2300 or something ridiculous. However, the guy was nice and realized the estimate was probably a bit high, so he said if I gave him $1550 (basically to cover the cost of parts), we would call it even and he would write me a Release of Interest. So I ended up down $1550 outta my pocket. It was still cheaper than the increase in insurance for the next three plus years though.
Note to self: LOOK a little harder when you go to back out of a parking spot 🙂
Post # 10
O mi Gosh! You poor thing! $1550 for just a scrape! Ugh! I was thinking it would be more along the lines of $300-$500ish. Well, you have served a higher purpose by telling us all so now we won’t be backing up into those 1989 right-hand benz’s…
Post # 11
Wow, I am surprised a 1989 Mercedes would be such a high cost for a repair. That was nice of him to write a Release of Interest and to lower the cost though. I’m sorry that you are out $1550 though.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies 🙂 I know it totally sucks! Everything worked out though, and now I can let it go and not worry about it, which is nice, at least!
Post # 13
I was rear ended while stopped at a red light a few months back. There was just a small bit of damage to the paint on my back bumper but, since it wasn’t my fault, we went through insurance. I’m glad we did- it took the at-fault driver 3 months to respond to the insurance agencies to admit fault. Meanwhile, as it turns out when you’re rear ended, even if there is minimal damage on the surface, they have to take the bumper off and investigate the inside because the pieces that make the bumper work might’ve been damaged by the impact and you’d never know. I thought it would be a couple hundred for a small paint detaiing job– nope! $1200! Who knew!? Glad I didn’t wait around for her w/out insurance, though… I migt’ve never gotten the money back!