How to ruin a perfect 21 year driving record...

Peter De La Mare

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So, it's been an interesting week or so for my poor car. Firstly I blew out a rear tyre somehow so it's been on the steel spare as I haven't had the chance to get a new tyre on it.

So I was feeling sorry for it so I popped into a hand car wash on the way home one day and they made it look all nice and shiney again.....until.... :Oops:

From the A13 I have to pull across a few lanes to get to a left turn to get to my house, and this is only a few yards before a set of lights, it's always painful to do this and I guess after 12 years I'd gotten braver and more aggressive (and complacent) in achieving the lane changes. So I spotted a gap between an artic and a white van so I eyed the WVM driver and gave the throttle a prod and snuck in nicely only for the artic to stop probably dead as I was doing so. So first thing I see when I look forward is the locking handle of the doors a lot closer than I was comfortable with and then the bonnet appearing halfway up the screen. Bugger.

Struggled to exit the car, as the wing is now fouling/overlapping the drivers door.

Artic driver didn't even realise I'd buried my car under his rear end, he thought it was his load in the trailer shifting as he braked hard. A quick inspection revealed that I'd only left a tiny smear of blue paint on the RSJ type bumper, didn't even knock any of the rust off it! So he laughed and drove off. A bystander/spectator cut the airbag off and I drove the 1/2 mile back to the house leaking water.

Insurance co advises that it sounds like a write-off. :mad:

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This is what it looked like a week ago.

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What a shame,,it was not even rusty,,why not buy it back from the insurance company and fix it,, I would
 

littlebrooklyn

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Sorry to hear about your accident :(

I think it's easy for us to get complacent when driving.

The good thing is that you are okay :)
 
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Peter De La Mare

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Thanks chaps. Ya, it was a fine example, stunning economy on long runs, handled indecently well for a car of it's genre.

However I'm not the 'type' to buy back cars/bikes and fix them up. I don't have the necessary space, infrastructure, and skill set to achieve this. Plus once I've finished with (or broken) something I tend to move on without looking back. There isn't a single car/bike from my past that I'd want again in this day and age, and I've owned some interesting stuff.
 

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Hey Peter & you live to fight another day ....................BIG PLUS IS THAT

As Malc says get it bought back from the Insurers & get it fixed up ..shouldn't take much & It'll give you something to work towards

if you don't fancy it .........then buy it anyway ..& FLOG IT TO ME I'll fix her up good as new
 


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