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June 13th, 2006


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11:00 am - The suck visited upon my life
So I was going out to dinner last night. I got home on the bus and arranged to meet a friend. Got into the car, drove out of my driveway, took a left to 25th Avenue SE, turned right and drove north on 25th. About half-way up the block, I see an old Suburban coming toward me the opposite direction. Weird thing about this vehicle is that one of its doors is open. I slow down and pull over a bit but can't get all the way to the curb because there are cars parked there.

The other vehicle keeps coming. I stop completely. The other vehicle goes by. The open door smacks the driver-side mirror on my car. The mirror breaks and its housing is torn off my car. It hangs now by the cables that allow it to be adjusted by the lever inside.

I get the driver's name and insurance information and proceed to have a lovely dinner. But, man.

It's not like my car is a pristine thing. The front end looks like someone has taken a sledge hammer to it. A couple of times. But this latest injury just adds to its dilapidated appearance.

I plan on going to the dealership today and getting an estimate on what it will take to replace the mirror and also to fix up the rest of the body damage. If it's not too outrageous I'll see about getting my poor Saturn back in more presentable shape.

If it is outrageous, I'll have to look at the idea of getting a new car.
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From:minnehaha
Date:June 13th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
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The dealer probably doesn't do body work. Mine doesn't. We had to have a new side mirror bought, painted to match our car, and installed and I think it cost about $500 or something outrageous like that.

K. [who thinks this person's insurance company should pay for this]
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From:jbru
Date:June 14th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
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You are right, of course. The dealer has an affiliated body show, though; one that is certified by Saturn. So I drove up to Brooklyn Park to have them estimate it for me.

For the mirror, yes, I'll be contacting the other driver's insurance company. The other dings and dents are all me and will be the majority of the repair. I just figured as long as it was going in, I might as well get it all done at once.

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