Friday, December 28, 2012

Send Santa the bill

One of the givens in life is that the farther responsibility for payment lands from the buyer of a product or service the higher the final cost will be.  A quick call to our insurance company assured me that Santa was at fault for running his reindeer into our car, and whatever the damage, they'd pay. "Just tell us where to send the check" were the claims adjuster's final words.  

I certainly don't recommend that you attempt this at home, so take my word that vehicular damage from hitting a deer at speed is often catastrophic.  Ours wasn't, for which I am eternally grateful. The photos show the visible damage.  Purists can add at least a front wheel alignment to the mix.

We cracked a headlight, bent the hood, have a dent in driver's side fender, and have half a barrel of deer feathers stuck in every seam on the left side of the car.

If I were footing the bill, I'd likely cry a tear or two, utter an oath, and ignore the damage. After visiting the body shop I'm more likely to say "here is an estimate for $3000, send the check to me."  What a sick world.



Elizabeth said...

That sucks, but at least the airbag didn't deploy. If it had you might be looking at a total loss. Now you have an excuse to replace those cataract headlight covers. Soon the Bavarian sled will be good as new. Luckily, Bambi incidents fall under Comprehensive!

Anonymous said...

I feel awful! I'm so glad you both were OK. Next time, cab for sure! - KT

Toad said...

I want to a shop recommended by the regular car fixer today. Inside were not 1 but 2 Bugatti Veyrons, an Aston Martin, and 3 Bentleys. Their bid was $400 less than the previous best. I'm scheduled for the end of next week.

Elizabeth said...

TWO Veyrons?? Both needing collision damage repair? (Shaking head in disbelief...)

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Dovecote Decor said...

I had a deer run into my car once. I was going about 15 mph around a corner. I pay a fortune in Insurance, but there always seems to be some sort of exception, or the damage falls 1$ below the minimum.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Here in Maine, we have many dark wooded back roads, and even more deer. A deer once leapt in front of a blue Buick station wagon that I used to drive. The damage to deer and car was very total, though I walked away. My parents happened to have an extra blue Buick station wagon, same year and model, which my father gave me---having other cars. The transition was seamless, less than 24 hours after totaling the first one, it was strangely as if the accident hadn't happened, so identical was Buick 2. 72 hours later, another deer committed suicide in front of blue Buick station wagon #2, totaling it. Fate is very capricious, no?

My father having no more blue Buick wagons to pass on, I bought something Japanese and red, ending the cycle of destruction.

Glad you're okay. It's a terrifying experience.

Glad you're okay.