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mhaithaca
All caught up… (210.2)
I've caught up with LiveJournal posts back to Wednesday, which is when I last had a chance to read. Nice to see a few familiar faces coming back!

Finally got a call from GEICO this morning, waking me up of course, to tell me that, yes, they'd finally confirmed that their driver is 100% at fault, and they will be taking full responsibility for everything. Here's your Enterprise reservation number to get a rental car. Our policy is that we pay for a compact. "I'm 6'3." OK, we'll pay for a full-size car.

Enterprise does, indeed, pick you up, and I had a nice chat with a very nice lady who's on loan to the Ithaca branch from the Horseheads branch, on the way down the hill. I wasn't expecting to be impressed, but I've got a Hyundai Sonata that's comfortable, seems to drive well, and has a decent setup for playing from an iPod or whatever. I'll try it out on the way to lunch.

Also swung by Maguire on my way to campus, and grabbed a few things from my car. Spotted a GEICO car, and went to introduce myself to Jeff, who I'd talked to yesterday. At first inspection, the car needs at least $2,500 worth of work, and it probably will need some suspension work, too, once he can see underneath. Glad none of it is my problem.
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kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: September 6th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must have missed some momentous events while I was all caught up in wedding land. Very glad to hear you are all right. I will go back and try to get all caught up now.
blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: September 6th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like my Sonata, I'm sure the newer models are even better. I expect it's comparable to an Accord, a Corolla, or a Jetta. I'd be interested in hearing your opinion.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: September 6th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wish it were a stick. If it weren't summer, I'd wish it were all-wheel-drive. Otherwise, I'm pretty impressed so far. Drives well, is comfortable, and feels current on electronics.
blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: September 6th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are unlikely to get a stick from a rental place. With skitten's arm, we can't do stick anyway.

Last winter I didn't have a problem in the snow, but I'm not sure how much snow there was to worry about. I have the V6 version, so it's got a decent amount of power under the hood and handles well.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: September 6th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'd worry less about AWD if I didn't live on a hill. :-)
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aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: September 6th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Excellent !

I'm glad they got back to you so quickly ! If your repair runs over the amount of time the collision adjusting person allowed, GEICO and MaGuire will also handle contacting the rental car people to arrange for you to keep the Sonata until your car is done. This happened to me, the repair ran a day or two over, and I had no hassle from the insurance people about needing the rental for another day or two.

I got stuck with some squirty uncomfortable little Nissan for two weeks, that I was really glad to get rid of. Did NOT like that car !

prof_organizer From: prof_organizer Date: September 7th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
6'3"? No WONDER I tippy-toed right out of my shoes trying to hug you on Sunday. You're a whole foot taller than I am!

Sorry they woke you, but I'm so glad they kicked it all into gear. Hope you're car is fixed quickly and perfectly.
retrev From: retrev Date: September 7th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got rear ended a couple of weeks ago, obviously the other person's fault (I was stopped at a red light). Got a call from his insurance company before I could get all the info to my company (I had started the claim while waiting for the police to show up). Original estimate was about $3k but I know it's going to be more than that as a couple of additional things have come up during the work. I'm hoping to get my car back this evening, it's been nearly 2 weeks! I ended up with a Malibu. It's not a bad car; drives well, quite comfortable, XM, Bluetooth, etc. It doesn't get very good mileage though. I'm getting 23mpg over two weeks of mixed driving...in a 2012 car that is barely mid-sized. Really?
ickletarakins From: ickletarakins Date: September 7th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
So I read back and saw what happened to your car - that really sucks! Similar thing happened to me not quite five years ago (kid ran a stop sign and t-boned me). I don't remember what kind of insurance he had but they did the same thing in regards to the rental car - would only pay for the cheapest one. Yet when someone backed into my car and took off back in July, my insurance (State Farm) paid for a rental that was equal to or greater than the type of car I own :)
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