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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Update on Crash.....



On the Friday after my unfortunate car crash (apparently now you are not allowed to say Road Traffic Accident you have to say Road Traffic Crash, don’t ask me why I don’t know. It’s not like people deliberately crash their cars is it? It is usually an accident), my insurance company sent a mechanic from an auto repair company to my house to assess the damage to my car.


I told the insurance company when I rang them what I perceived the damage to be, which was a dent in the front passenger wing and the trim on the front of the car was hanging off. When the autorepairer dismantled the front of my car he said it needed a new headlight (it was cracked inside), a new wing, new trim and a new grill. I’m glad I wasn’t travelling any faster!


The mobile repairer arrived on 25th at 9.20 a.m. and much to MWM’s amazement drove his van onto our drive and assembled a sort of awning from the top of the van, this was where he sprayed the new wing. He then proceeded to dismantle the wing, headlight and trim on the front of the car and fitted the new headlight and the new wing, once the paint had dried. This took him all day and MWM supplied him with endless cups of tea.



The week before my accident MWM had managed to scrape the back wing of the car on some gates and he asked the repair man if he could possibly touch up the scratches when he’d finished, offering to pay of course as it was nothing to do with the accident damage he’d come to repair. He said ‘no problem’ and did indeed touch them up making a good job of it too. When asked ‘how much do I owe you?’ he replied nothing, however MWM gave him £10 for his trouble, which he didn’t want to take but MWM insisted. How nice was that?  So I have a good as new car againh

I haven’t heard anything from the insurance company and I haven’t had to pay any excess so I’m presuming that they have accepted that the accident was the fault of the taxi driver. So, as far as I am concerned, that’s it over and done with.


Of course I’ll let you know if I hear anything to the contrary.


Oh I forgot to say I won't be doing a Flash 55 this week as I'm off to spend the weekend with Queenie, so I won't be visiting you all until Monday evening after today's visits.   Have a great weekend everyone and be good (or careful).

40 comments:

Thom said...

WOOT...good for you my dear friend. The car looks great. And it just goes to show that there is justice in the world and very good people in the world left. How cool was that, that the repairmen went just that one extra step and how cool is it that your husband insisted on the tip. It warms my heart that there the good do finish last in this gold old world of ours. Much aloha my friend :)

quilly said...

I am glad your car is looking good and there are still honest and helpful people in the business world!

Now, stay away from taxi cabs!

Gledwood said...

God knows why they/you/I/whoever has to call a RTA that thing and not this thing ... or vice-versa.

I'm just very glad you're OK even if the car's a bit done-in!

cheshire wife said...

Sorry to hear that you have had an accident. That repair almost sounds too good to be true. Lets hope that is the end of the affair.

Finding Pam said...

How great is that! He comes to your home to repair the damages. I can't wait to see the car all finished.

Have a great week.
Pam

Akelamalu said...

Yes the repairman was a gentleman Thom and did the little extra willingly. :)

I'm giving Taxis a wide berth Quilly!


It's ridiculous that calling something by this or that makes any difference at all isn't it Gleds. The car's OK now and I'm fine thanks. x


It's the end of the affair as far as I'm concerned Cheshire Wife, unless the taxi driver decides to pursue a private action for damages but I don't think he will do that.


Yes it's great isn't it Pam? A new innovation that saves the Insurance company having to supply a curtesy car.

Susan at Stony River said...

Wow, that's the most painless after-crash I've ever heard of! I hope that's the end of it and that all's well -- congratulations on getting the scratches out too.

Now keep an eye on those taxi drivers from now on!

Daryl said...

If only auto repairs were done this way here in the US where unlike heath insurance every car owner must have insurance ... those of who own cars (we dont) and have been in an accident must take their car into a repair shop which has been okay'd by the insurance co. And the work isnt one ASAP either ...

Linda said...

I'm with Daryl, this is definitely something the US needs to adopt but I doubt they ever will for how can they then price gouge and take advantage of their customers and the insurance companies??

Your car sounds to be back in tip-top shape and then some!

Enjoy your weekend visiting Queenie!

aims said...

Accidents make you feel horrible don't they - whether it's not your fault or if it is.

Seeing a damaged car always gives me a pang.

Glad the car is looking good once more.

Daisy said...

Wow, I was really worried when I saw the headline, but it's a rare happy outcome - thank goodness, have a great weekend and take care x

Ron said...

YAHOOOOO...so glad to hear things went well!

I'm sitting here in amazement as I read that your mobile repairier came to your house to do the repair - like a housecall.

Not this way in the U.S.

Have a great day, m'dear!
X

Flowerpot said...

glad all turned out well and have a good weekend - I'm off tomorrow for a while too!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wow that is amazing, right in your yard??? wow! i have had a windshield replaced like that but never the car fixed! amazing job!

smiles, bee
xxoxoxoxoxxoxoxo

Spiky Zora Jones said...

wait...wait. They went to your house and did the repair?
OMG...I can't belive they did that. Damn that is such a fabulous idea. I think I should start a repair company that does that. weeeeeee...

you areso lucky...heheh. And you deserve it seeing that guy was at fault.

Have fun while you are away. :)

Akelamalu said...

Yes I'm amazed myself at how quick and painless the repair was Susan!

This is the first time I've heard of repairs being done this way here too Daryl, usually it's the same way as you have to do it. All car owners here have to have insurance too but sad to say some don't which causes a lot of problems.

Yes it's a great idea Linda, we were amazed when the ins co suggested it.

I have to pass the site of the accident every day on the way to work Aims and it does make me shudder still.

Alls well that ends well Daisy, thank goodness. x

Just like a housecall Ron - fantastic isn't it? :)

Hope you have a great time too Flowerpot :)

I thought it was pretty amazing too Bee :)

They only do what they call minor repairs this way Spiky anything more would have to go into a garage but it is a great idea. x

Suburbia said...

Unfortunately I have had to make my Blog invite only for a while. If you wish to keep reading my ramblings, please e mail me for an invite. (email address on my profile page)

So sorry about your accident :(

CG said...

So glad your car is all better! Have a lovely wekend!

Thumbelina said...

Glad it's all sorted for you. What a great repairman!
Now stay away from taxis, fenceposts,.... er... you;d have to give up driving I guess!

Ah well. Que sera sera. :)

Thumbelina said...

PS Have a great weekend away.

Dr.John said...

Glad your car is as good as new.Will really miss your flash 55.

G-Man said...

Have fun...And give Lizzie a great big hug from The G-Man...:-)

buffalodick said...

In America they "total" a car out far too quickly.. and body men are going out of business, because all they do is replace all damage with new parts. The new plastic parts cannot be repaired, and the metal is so thin now, same thing! Glad all is well now, enjoy and say hi to Queenie for me!

Nessa said...

i am glad everything is working out. Have a fun-filled weekend.

PS. Please check your reader if you are not seeing new posts for me. It seems my feed address changed while I was gone. I am posting daily. And most importantly, Rabbit, Rabbit!

Cheffie-Mom said...

I'm glad your car is back to normal!! Have a fun weekend!!

Akelamalu said...

I can't email you for some reason Suburbia, can you email me please?


Thanks CG :)


LOL I'm keeping my eyes open for taxis Thumbelina :)

I'll be back with a 55 next week Dr. John :)

I will on both counts G-man x

Thankfully the damage was minimal Buff and I will say hello to Queenie for you.

Thanks Nessa, I've changed your feed on my reader now.

Cheers Cheffie Mom :)

Anndi said...

The mechanic came to you? Holy Cats!

Glad you got that behind you.

Cloudia said...

SO glad that you and your car are beautiful!
Which part is the "Wing?"
I know we call the bonnet the hood here in the colonies, and a truck is a lorry, but wing?

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

bindhiya said...

sorry dear, i was been away for a long time..
am glad to hear you are fine and car is ok too..
love & ((hugs))
bindi
ps. have a good visit with queenie.

lettuce said...

oh dear, sorry to hear about your accident - glad its all fixed!

and I hope you're having a GREAT weekend with queenie

Travis said...

They came to your house and fixed your car in a day?

After my car accident...we can still call them accidents in the US...the repair shop had my car for 10 days.

MarmiteToasty said...

Dam, Im late, GIVE QUEENIE A HUGE HUG from me :)

x

tony said...

send Me The Name Of Your Insurance Company! Glad Its Mended And I hope You Had A Good Weekend.
T.

secret agent woman said...

Crash sounds so much more catastrophic than accident. I'm glad the insurance company is being so helpful.

Akelamalu said...

Yes the mechanic came to me - fab isn't it Anndi?

The wing is the side bit of the car Cloudia, I don't know what you call it there.

Oh yes I'm fine Bindi, thanks goodness. x

Cheers Lettie, we had a great weekend and I'm still recovering!

I suppose it depends on the severity of the damage Trav as to whether it has to go in the garage. Thankfully the damage to my car was minimal.

Ah Marmie hon too late. I'll pass it on next time I speak to Queenie. x

Insurance Co is AVIVA Tony and I can recommend them!

Yes I can't fault the ins co SAW they've been brilliant. :)

prashant said...

am glad your car is looking good and there are still honest and helpful people in the business world!
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