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I miss my car (212.4) - Mark's Journal
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I miss my car (212.4)
As I've done a few times, while I was away I lent my car to a friend rather than pay to park it at the airport for six days. A friend who's used it before got it again; she needed to bring her car in to have the AC replaced. Good timing!

Smushed A4Unfortunately, yesterday at lunchtime, another driver ran a stop sign and hit her. She's fine, but the car's not drivable, and was towed to the body shop. Ironically, the smashed corner includes the same quarter panel the body shop just repaired a couple of weeks ago, following damage apparently caused at the dealership during an earlier service visit.

The other driver is clearly at fault, so her insurance company should be taking care of me without thinking about it, but I'm really getting the runaround from GEICO. My friend and her boyfriend picked me up at the airport last night and brought me home. I really needed a car today, though, and GEICO is seriously dragging its feet on getting me a rental.

I had an early-afternoon meeting with another friend, and he was kind enough to pick me up at home after I'd worked from home for a few hours, then drop me at the office after the meeting. I should've just gone back home instead. Getting home was a huge pain in the ass. My second attempt to use TCAT in the space of three weeks was an utter fail. The bus zipped right past the stop I was standing at, waving. I ended up walking over to Collegetown and catching a bus from there, which was better than taking two buses and transferring anyway, I guess. And, it meant I could visit the Bear's Den, the newly opened pub in the Straight, and take some pictures for Campus Life Marketing purposes.

I have a cold. I'm tired and sore. I have errands I need to run. I need a car. GEICO, please give me a car I can use.
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prof_organizer From: prof_organizer Date: September 6th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Mark. I'm sending you a germ-free hug. (Small mercies: at least you didn't get Holly's stomach flu!) I hope GEICO straightens up and flies right tomorrow and gets you a vehicle ASAP.
susandennis From: susandennis Date: September 6th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow that all sounds miserable. I hope it turns around ASAP.

I"m also not at all happy to hear about GEICO. They have my car and house insurance and I don't want them to be crappy when I need them.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: September 6th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about the mishegoss
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: September 6th, 2012 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
No good deed goes unpunished.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: September 6th, 2012 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
After my GEICO-insured car was hit by that un-licensed driver, my car was still driveable ... as soon as I dropped it off at the body shop, I had the rental.

Keep at them on the phone ! Their response should be quicker than what they seem to be !

Once things got rolling, GEICO gave me great service, I had no complaints about how quickly the whole mess was resolved.

What may have helped my stuff move along was the fact that the at-fault driver was also insured by GEICO, so it was an internal thing, insurance-wise.

susandennis From: susandennis Date: September 6th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am really relieved to hear this about GEICO. I've never had a claim so I had no way to know how they operated for sure.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: September 6th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, was there a ticket issued to the other driver, and was a police repot filed ?
psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: September 6th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Im sorry about your car! I saw it on Twitter but didnt realiE how bad it was.

FWIW, TCAT has also recently failed, twice, to pick up my daughter at the bus stop....the bus just drives by while she stands there waving. There's a web form you can fill out so they know the driver didn't stop, but clearly, filling it out doesn't result in changed driver behavior. Of course then there was the driver who left the stop with the mother in the bus, and her 2-3 year old child on the curb. I've given up on TCAT. Whatever it is they're providing, it isn't service.</p>

I hope you get a car soon so you don't have to deal with them.

queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: September 7th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, sorry about your car. It does seem more credible that you weren't the one driving it when it happened, but I guess that thought's a little silly since accidents can happen to anyone.

I'm glad no one got hurt.
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