Bear with me as I will be venting slightly
Last Saturday my lovely girlfriend and I went on our usually weekly grocery run to the local Loblaws as we do all the time. Saturday was a cold, dry, clear but extremely windy day.
I had just started to feel the effects of my wisdom teeth extractions that had happened 2 days earlier so I wasnt in the best of moods. We did our shopping quickly and made our way back to the Winter Warrior, my newly beloved 94 SSEi. Angela remarked as I finished stocking the trunk with provisions...
"Jim....your mirror is hanging"
I walked over, and low and behold..yep, my heated/powered passenger mirror was dangling lifelessly from its wiring. Not only that, I nice scrape on the body cladding, and a fresh dent right at the pinstriping line.
I lost in temporarily. The shopping cart went flying into the outdoor collecting hut, and my trunk was closed more firmly then others. Upon investigation, the neighbour car...go figure a Toyo Corolla ( the car I dispise the most) has a nice black mark where the door evidently hit and totally knocked off the mirror.
This woman comes running over....ohhh I'm sorry, the car door was caught in the wind and hit your car. I told her calmly, thanks for coming out and leaving your number. Lemme get this looked at, and I'll get you an estimate.
Off to a friend of my moms, he has a repair shop, and has done work for us before. I told him it was an accident and I was pleased she came back to fess up. He gave me a quote of $602.80. A fair price.
I emailed the woman the estimate.....
And so it begins. Any nice disposition this girl demonstrated at the beginning ended.
Her reply consisted of this...Cliff noted
Cant afford it
Get another quote
50-50 fee split (ie she pays half)
no fault insurance parking lot bullshit
wants credit for being ethical (sarcastic clap
Obviously dealing with a fool here that doesnt understand the responisibilities of vehicle ownership. I said fine, I went to GM for another estimate....$1184.xx cents. Typical expensive OEM work, no problem, she wanted to be a hardass. I emailed that estimate.
She calls me back 2 days later (yesterday) to inform me that shes done some "research" on my car and its not worth that kinda money to fix
Now I was offended. She said go get another estimate....and she told me where to go to...heh..alright, I'm a nice guy..off I go to Maaco
$848.13 (SHOVE THAT YOU KNOW IT ALL POS B*ITCH)
SO. Then she started to tell me how she spoke to a "friend" that works at an "insurance" agency and stated how shes not at fault since in happened on private property (parking lot) so she doesnt have to pay. And she reminded me how nice she was to stay and not take off after she damaged my car.
SOOO! I called my broker. If someone is gonna talk smack about insurance, they better TALK TO INSURANCE...GOD
He calmly informed me, that no-fault parking lot is crap, my car was stationary, off, in park etc. A part of her vehicle was in motion and struck/damaged another vehicle. So in a nutshell. My insurance would pay the body shop to fix the car, and then insurance would go after her insurance etc. Essentially no insurance increase to me.
Finally, today, nearing a week, and me, continuing to be a nice guy and realizing this girl can't afford the pot she pisses in called and left a message.
Hey, its Jim, look I talked to the guys at Fix Auto, we're workin on something to make this easier for you. I need my car fixed now, its dangerous to drive and operate a car without my mirrors. Call me, lets talk about it.
So I wait....again :o
And leading to my point to all.
If you feel you are responsible enough to drive a car, you better understand the consequences when you inflict damage to someone else. Be an adult...recognize your errors, work with the people you have wronged so all end up happy. If you cannot abide by this. Do not own/operate a car. And hope to hell the person you wrong is as patient and co-operative as me.
By the way...I dont need credit for being ethical, honest and co-operative...unlike this girl