April 8, 2005

bumper cars

my rear bumper, crushed
On Monday I was rear-ended by a Ford F-150 pickup truck in the U-turn lane at Fannin and 610. Even though he probably wasn't going any more than 10 miles per hour, the F-150 is in such a completely different weight class than my Accord that some significant damage occurred. The bumper assembly, as you can see, is pretty thrashed and the right tail light is broken. What you can't see is that the trunk was pushed in and up a bit. The most tragic thing is that I'm going to have to completely redo the bumper sticker. I didn't even realize this until it was pointed out to me yesterday by my friend Ryan (who is back on leave from Iraq). That bumper sticker took 21 regular KTRU bumper stickers to construct, and it was probably the most recognizable thing about the car - people I barely know recognize my car because of that sticker. In any case, no one was hurt, and the other guy's insurance is picking up the tab of the repairs. We actually both had the same insurance company (Progressive) and I have been tremendously impressed with their level of customer service. I originally went with them because they gave me the cheapest quote of all the policies I looked at, but I'll probably stick with them because of their service. Apparently in some of the major metropolitan areas in the nation they have a new service called the "concierge-level service" which is free of charge. Essentially, because my car was still drivable, I simply brought it in to one of their drop off points, and then an agent and I walked around the car and identified the damaged areas, they pulled a rental car around for inspection, I signed some papers, traded keys and was ready to go. They contract with local repair shops and guarantee the work, so there was really no reason to try to find my own body shop, get an estimate, take it to another place, get another estimate, negotiate with the insurance, etc. They even gave me a pager to receive text messages pertaining to my car, and they'll call me when it's ready. No out-of-pocket expense for the rental, completely no-hassle. If you're in the market for auto insurance, you might consider them if you live in an area where they offer this service - it's kind of unreal. Anyway, I'm going to have to make a new bumper sticker. Any suggestions for what it should say? I probably won't reconstruct the "not everybody understands house music" sticker, but I probably will stick with a music themed saying. The other sticker said "rappin forty" which was a reference that almost no one here got.

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