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God I hate commuting!
« on: January 24, 2020, 10:50:24 AM »
So last night, on my way home from work I got in ANOTHER fender bender. That's 4 in the last 10 years, and this one was my fault kinda'. I'm sitting at a red light behind a full size pick-up. There's a semi in the turn lane next to us, the light turns green and we start to roll, since the semi is turning he starts to swing a little wide approaching our lane going in the same direction. I glance over to keep an eye on him and when I look back the guy in front of me has freaked out about the semi and dropped the anchor.. I hit the brakes but still punch his bumper in a little, since the front end of our cross-over is plastic it doesn't end well for me, and of course Wa. state law requires a citation so I get a ticket too. Plus the Santa Fe is my wifes baby so I'm on her shit list as well.

The body shop is supposed to call today to tell me the damages. Doesn't look too bad, no airbags or anything however the SF is 13 years old with 130k on it and even though it's in pristine condition they still might total it. We're right in the middle of having a new house built so the last thing I need is to spend money on or take out a loan for a new work car.

The Puget Sound area supposedly has the 3rd worst traffic in the US and I believe it. I'm have about 3 more years until I can retire and it can't come soon enough.   
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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2020, 12:57:15 PM »
If they total it, buy it, fix it, retitle it, good to go. We did that with my daughters subie and pocketed almost $1000. I think it was called "retain ownership".
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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2020, 01:11:16 PM »
Or just don't file a claim for them to fix it and buy a new bumper and foam backing.  An hour in the driveway and your golden.

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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2020, 01:37:21 PM »
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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2020, 01:01:31 AM »
Another option is after fixing the wifes ride, get yourself a POS just for commuting. Say a honda civic maybe 10 to 15 years old. If t has a few dents and scratches thats all the better, folks will give you a wide berth because they think you have no insurance. 

Loved my old ford van, everyone gave me the right of way  ;D
But cops would pull me over from time to time.
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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2020, 09:42:05 AM »
Loved my old ford van, everyone gave me the right of way  ;D
But cops would pull me over from time to time.

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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2020, 09:43:53 AM »
... and the 8 year olds screaming to escape.

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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2020, 10:07:22 AM »

Loved my old ford van, everyone gave me the right of way  ;D
But cops would pull me over from time to time.

The big free candy sign on the side might have had something to do with that.
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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2020, 10:14:31 AM »

Loved my old ford van, everyone gave me the right of way  ;D
But cops would pull me over from time to time.

The big free candy sign on the side might have had something to do with that.

Cops love candy.
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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2020, 10:27:02 AM »
We have racks and racks of free pastries/cakes at work and parking enforcement is always around.  Coincidence?

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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2020, 12:36:09 PM »
Another option is after fixing the wifes ride, get yourself a POS just for commuting. Say a honda civic maybe 10 to 15 years old. If t has a few dents and scratches thats all the better, folks will give you a wide berth because they think you have no insurance. 

Loved my old ford van, everyone gave me the right of way  ;D
But cops would pull me over from time to time.


That's kinda' where I'm leaning. The estimate is $7k so the insurance co. will total it. Judy wants to pay the difference and have it repaired, which is an option. I'm thinking just take the money and buy a beater to get to work and back and call it good. I ride the bike in the summer anyway so I don't need to get too carried away.

A chi-mo van in stylish white with painted over windows is a good option I hadn't thought of though...

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Re: God I hate commuting!
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2020, 01:19:28 PM »
In all honesty my old van was a 1970 E300 panel van, rootbeer brown. I had taken all the windows out of the side & rear doors (not the passenger or drivers doors) and put mirror tint on the glass.

Ya people would stay the heck away. I saw a woman pull up next to me in a safeway parking lot, look at the van, pull back out and park on the other side of the lot. I laughed soo hard.
Maybe the best part was the cops pointing their flash lights into the mirrored windows to get a look inside,
"Is there anyone else in the van with you?"
 Not that I am aware of officer.
What does that mean?
 Well, I did not look when I got in, so I don't know.

OH I loved that van, many great memories   :naughty:
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