Posted on August 1st, 2008 5 comments
The Honda Accord I used to drive is now totalled. I met with an accident 10 days ago where my car was sandwiched between a Yaris and a pickup truck and it was pretty badly damaged (thankfully nothing happened to me); the radiator is gone, and so are the front headlights, bonnet (hood, if you’re American) and trunk, which got smashed in.
A preliminary report from the body shop said it is not worth repairing as the total cost of repairs exceeds 75% of the value of the car. The car itself was in very good condition with new drive tyres (tires) and regularly maintained, but it had done nearly 144,000 miles. I am yet to hear from the insurance company about the damage estimate. If they could repair it, I’d be more than happy to pay my part of the deductible and have the car back – since I cannot afford (nor do I have the time) to buy another car right now.
Right now I am driving a rental Kia Spectra arranged by the insurance company. But I will have only a week left after they pay out to return the rental. I’ve been running around talking to dealers for the Honda Civic Hybrid, but so far everyone’s saying there’s a three-month wait (at least). One dealer was trying to sell it to me at a premium and that was for a 2008 model (if I wait a couple of months, the ’09 will come out).
Living 30 miles from office has its disadvantages. I might move closer to office in a few months, you never know. And give up on the car altogether.