Friday, January 14, 2011

Slightly Old, but Still Exciting News!

I got a new car!!!! I bought it on October 3oth. It's the first car solely in my name, which is kind of exciting. And it's the first brand new car I've ever owned. I got a 2010 Volkswagen diesel Jetta, and I love it only slightly less than I love my children. KIDDING! (mostly.) Here are some pictures:

Why yes, it did snow here. That was four days after Christmas, which wasn't exactly a white Christmas, but pretty damn close. It started snowing about 8:00 on Christmas night and didn't stop until sometime the next day. (No, I'm not a meteorologist, why do you ask?)

Front view! Doesn't it look like it's smiling? Such a happy car. It also gets really great fuel mileage and has satellite radio and bluetooth capability, which works some of the time. But hey - I live out in BFE, so I'm pretty accustomed to things not working all the time.

And then, not two months after I bought it, I made the mistake of going to a popular and very crowded shopping center 3 days before Christmas. And a dumbass with a freaking huge dog in her car wasn't paying attention and bumped into me at an intersection. (No offense to my friends who own dogs, but y'know, they can be kinda distracting when you're driving.) I was at a stoplight, turning right from a lane in which you could turn right or go straight through the light. Once the light turned green, I pulled off the line and started to make my turn. She came up from the next lane, the right turn only lane, slightly behind me. I guess veered left, trying to cut across so that she could make a left at the next stoplight, because she ran into the back passenger door and rear quarterpanel of my car. She was totally clueless and kept asking me if I had made a left at the light or gone straight through the light. She had no idea I was in the lane beside her! Anyway, here is how the passenger side of my car looks now:


But, the damage is fairly minor (although the body shop is planning to replace the rear door panel), my insurance is paying to fix it, and I just called and scheduled the repairs for the first week of February, so then my car will be back to its brand new beauty! I'm really glad they're replacing the door panel - that dent is pretty deep. All in all, still pretty damn happy with the new car.


Jess said...

The car is great! Sucks about the accident, though. But given that she caused it... why is YOUR insurance paying to fix it?

Anonymous said...

Hooray for the new car!!

BOOOOO to having it hit right away. WTF??!

d e v a n said...

Yeah, her insurance should be paying!! How annoying. I hate it when drivers don't pay attention.

Love the car though!

Fiona Picklebottom said...

You're still around!!!! Yay!!! Like that isn't the pot calling the kettle black. :) Anyway, GREAT car, but why isn't HER insurance paying?

I got my first brand new car and had it exactly one month before some dumb ass lady with a TODDLER STANDING UP IN THE PASSENGER SEAT pulled out in front of me. She was making a left out of a parking lot, I was traveling in the fast lane along a fairly high-speed highway and there was a car in the right lane turning into the parking lot where she was exiting. Because the other car was stopped to turn in, I was able to swerve into that lane, avoiding t-boning her right in her driver door and probably killing her and possibly her child. Instead I slammed into her rear tire, and pretty much halved the size of the rear of her car. Then she was so freaked out by the whole thing, she left her child unattended by the side of the highway. I had to go convince the little girl to come with me away from the road. My car was ONE MONTH OLD. :( HER insurance paid. :)

Shelly said...

Hey Jess - Thanks! I decided to file the accident with my insurance because she was changing her story several times at the scene, and her insurance is through a crappy company, so I felt like it would work out better in the long run to file with my company, get my car fixed, and then let my insurance company recoup from her insurance company. I didn't want to waiting forever to get my car fixed. : )

Shelly said...

Shelly - Thanks!

I know, right?! Although, when I called the body shop, they said it's really common to have an accident right after buying your car.

Shelly said...

Hey Devan,

Yeah, I was really pissed that she had NO IDEA where my car had been in relationship to hers. I knew where she was, and it made me furious that she was so clueless.

Shelly said...

Fiona - HAHAHA, yeah, you big hypocrit! Get to writing, chickie!

OMG, your accident sounds AWFUL! I'm very impressed that you were able to swerve to miss t-boning them. That other driver sounds totally irresponsible.