Myself and a friend from work tend to go out for walks during our lunch hour. As we are based out in Burlington at the moment, these walks tend to take us round the edge of the client building and through the car park. Today, as we were walking back to the building, a giant Chevy (a Tahoe, I am told) drove past us pretty fast. The driver had seen a space, and was making for it. As she swung out to turn into it, we both had the chance to think “she’s taking that a bit fast…” before there was a colossal crunch. As she drove into the back driver’s side of the black Fiesta parked neatly to the right.
My car, as it turns out.
She didn’t get out of the car until we made it clear that we had seen it, and appeared to be about to reverse out and move off. My friend started taking pictures with her phone, though, she started to pay attention. When she did get out, I said “this is my car” (as you would, if it was). She responded with “You’re kidding me!!”. No, love, I don’t think so. She pottered off to check her car for damage (the thing is a tank, it wasn’t even scratched) then gave me her name, address, email and phone, and I did the same. She did not provide her license number or insurance details, as she said she would have to check them.
I found out why shortly later. After she called her husband, in whose name the policy is in, she said that she was not willing to involve the insurance company as it would put her premium up and instead I should get it fixed and just ask her to pay. As it turns out, I’m not that trusting of people who drive into my car and don’t look awfully concerned about it. My car is leased, so I am not willing to go outside the book in dealing with it – frankly, they could take the car away if I breach their rules, so I won’t be irritating them… So I called my insurance company, and they are sorting it out.
In the meantime I have a car with a very dodgy petrol cap (it’s crunched part-closed), some big dents and some very impressive scratches. I also have two witnesses, including the client’s head of compliance, who saw the whole thing and has asked for the name of the woman so he can have a word about not hitting the cars of the external auditors…
Plus it was another late one, so I am only just packing for New York at 11.30pm. And I missed the gym, as it was shut when I left work. However, those are my three things for spring, so it’s all good things from here!