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Chris M Wanted a V-10

First road trip, bent metal etc etc

As briefly mentioned elsewhere, I drove to Swindon today. Nice earlyish start for a Saturday, not much traffic about and..... what a grear car an Ecoboost Fiesta is.  Very relaxing and quiet to drive, amazing ride/handling and plenty of low-down pull. I've never driven a car up the M4 hill eastwards from Swindon (junction 15) that didn't really notice the gradient until now.  The journey takes about an hour and a quarter split almost equally into a bit of urban stuff and cross-country cut-through to get to the M4, and the motorway cruise.  The Fiesta took it all in its stride and on the homeward journey, over the last few miles it felt like I was travelling at walking speed although I was doing 30 due to the serene quiet in the cabin.  I'm really impressed with the car.

However whilst in Swindon I took a call from elder daughter; this morning as shw was leaving a car park, someone reversed out of their space without looking and t-boned the side of Boris the Auris as she was driving past.  It's still driveable but I await photos of the damage and just hope the guy has told the truth about his insurance details.  What really hurts is that she couldn't afford to insure the car last November and had been using buses/trams in Nottingham. When I had a savings plan pay out a few weeks ago, I treated her to the insurance so she could drive again.  She's been down to see us in Surrey earlier in the month, so driven hundreds of miles with great care, then some stupid idiot who fails to look has caused hundreds of pounds of damage to her car almost on her doorstep. At least she and grand-daughter are uninjured.
Whilst in Swindon I was delayed by about 10 minutes due to a bizarre accident that partly blocked one of the roads near Sainsburys/Homebase... looked like an Audi Q7 and Mondeo estate had collided head-on except both cars were pointing in more-or-less the same direction with not that much damage (lights broken, front bumpers torn off etc), and there appeared to be medical attention being given at the roadside; maybe they collected a pedestrian or two?
Then I get home to find that one of my wife's clients had an issue with another carer due to a cancelled driving lesson caused by the driving instructor being caught up in an RTA.  They say that accidents come in 3's.....
gooner

Sorry to hear about Boris, I hope the person who hit her has the decency to accept liability and not try to get his insurers to go 50/50.
Boxer6

gooner wrote:
Sorry to hear about Boris, I hope the person who hit her has the decency to accept liability and not try to get his insurers to go 50/50.


+1, and glad both were unhurt.

Providing she got his registration, that's all that's needed these days. Her insurance company will be able to find out all the details easily.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Another sad bit is that Boris is a bit battered on all corners due to daughter coming into contact with poles/barriers in car parks and her gate posts which aren't much wider than Boris (wife has also done in the Captur front and back on the gate posts when she's visited Nottingham although strangely enough the C-max fitted between them with no issues) so the panels that got hit were probably the only undamaged ones on the car until Saturday. Oh well...
Bob Sacamano

gooner wrote:
Sorry to hear about Boris, I hope the person who hit her has the decency to accept liability and not try to get his insurers to go 50/50.


They didn't when this happened to me and my insurers went 50/50.
Roadsterstu

Sorry to hear it. Sadly if insurers go 50/50 it'sreally up to them as they are paying.
PG

Sorry to hear about the hit. And good that she is OK.

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Another sad bit is that Boris is a bit battered on all corners due to daughter coming into contact with poles/barriers in car parks and her gate posts which aren't much wider than Boris (wife has also done in the Captur front and back on the gate posts when she's visited Nottingham although strangely enough the C-max fitted between them with no issues) so the panels that got hit were probably the only undamaged ones on the car until Saturday. Oh well...


Just possibly, maybe, could this be a driving skill thing rather than "strange"?  
Grampa

Roadsterstu wrote:
Sorry to hear it. Sadly if insurers go 50/50 it'sreally up to them as they are paying.


It sometimes seem they use any excuse to do this.  When the Scirocco was side swiped last year though I lost nothing - as the car was parked (in a legitimate space) there could be no doubt about fault, but once your car is moving they seem to do their best to heap some of the blame onto you.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Apparently the insurance cos have been in contact and it has been agreed that it's the other party's fault in full. Thursday am an assessor should be calling at daughter's house to assess and price the damage.  Rear offside door and wheelarch; door is bent such that it does not meet the seal at its rear trailing edge so we're pressing for urgent immediate repairs as the car cannot be used in the wet:
gooner

It could possibly be deemed unroadworthy in that condition so make sure she presses them to get it repaired pronto.
PhilD

That will polish out.

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