Saturday, February 28, 2009

Look what they did to my BABY!

So it finally happened. My car was finally damaged (beyond a nail in my tire) at work. Because I know how sensitive we all are about my complaining at work, this post is *censored* so as not to piss anyone *cough* my wife *cough* off...but here we go.

I was sitting at my desk, working...when my boss-in-law comes high tailing it into the office. Apparently he got into a (usual) heated "debate" with someone trying to sell him some pallet shelving. There's an iron gate on our front door and he closed it quickly, locking this individual out of our office.

Words were said.

I didn't think much of it (as I work in a kind of DMZ). I went about my work in peace. A few moments later, my boss was shouting "He's smashing our cars!" Everyone involved (other than myself) being a coward, I shoved passed them and ran outside. This a-hole had been trying to leave the mudhole that is our parking lot/yard and had bumped my car with his giant Truck. That's what happened. The guy wasn't backing into all of our cars for "revenge" but that's what everyone thought. I went out there (no one tried to stop me, as I am insane) and talked to the guy. I didn't get mad because he was cool about it...and he was insured.

I'm getting it fixed Monday on his insurance company's dime (even get a free rental car until it's fixed). Though this story has a happy-ish ending, it could have been a lot worse. Most of the people visiting us are uninsured. That would have meant forking over $500. Yikes. I probably wouldn't have fixed it, now that it's paid off.

This is reason #11793 why I can't help jumpstart the economy by buying a new car (even though I want one). Anyway, even though hardly no one I know *cough* understands this, I'm going to give my car to my baby sister in a few years and I don't want it any more screwed up than it already is.

I know it's not that bad, but look what they did to my baby:


Anonymous said...

Ouch! I had a situation like this at my workplace last fall. I came out after a night class and discovered a similar dent in my black Miata. I decided to file a report with campus took them a month, but they figured out who did it...another emotionally distracted faculty member. Because I was somewhat familiar with the faculty member's emotional distractions, and sympathized, because I've been there myself, Keith pounded the dent out with a rubber mallet. It doesn't look like new, but it'll do and in the end, it made my former boss "cry" because he didn't have to fork over a huge pile of dough.

Jason said...

Wow. I think you deal was worse. I bet if I let her, Leah would take a rubber mallet to my car...but luckily the d-bag that hit my car has insurance and doesn't mind that I go through them to fix it.

Anyone want to guess how much it'll "cost" to fix? I'm guessing it's around $900.

Anonymous said...

That's what they were estimating mine would cost. The perpetrator wanted to pay a portion of this, but I thought if we repaint the one repaired fender, the rest of the ten year old car would have looked cruddy.

Jason said...

Ha! Good point!

Why do these dents and dings cost so much? It's not like replacing an electrical component or's pushing the metal back into place. I guess the hard part is making it look like there was never any trauma...

I'm curious about the paint. My car has a (slightly) unusual color. I guess it's a GM so they should have all their colors...anyway, I'm interested in seeing this "free rental car."

Yikes. What is that thing gonna look like (and yes, I'm going to eat, smoke, and have sex in it--why? BECAUSE I CAN).

Brenda said...

I can't believe the plastic casing around the light is intact. What kind of vehicle hit your car? Was it a pick up truck?

Jason said...

It looked like a 1-Ton truck. It was this huge Ford Truck. I didn't actually see the impact...but the damage is quite strange, because there are gashes on the bottom near the tire wall as well.