Maybe the idiots where you are are more stupid than where I live. I
have driven a lot of miles and there haven't been a large number of
people that will try to squeeze in between my vehicles and the one in
front. But that's truly not relevant to the practice I mentioned.
That is not my concern. I am not going to make room for someone behind
me and then have the fellow behind him bump me in to the vehicle in
front of me. It's only time and it's more affordable than repairs,
especially unnecessary repairs.
That design was why I chose a Civic Si over a VW Golf in '86. (The
VW salesman cheerfully explained the Golf's lack of a 5MPH bumper:
"That's what the collision insurance is for!") And it survived at least
one significant impact unscathed.
Yeah, you really have to check them over after a rear-ender. My wife got it
in her 92 Seville. The bumper was shoved forward on one side and some other
damage. I went to the Caddy dealer to pick it up after it was supposededly
fixed. The bumper was replaced and looked fine. I got down on the ground and
looked underneath. There was a small shock absorber on each side that went
to the bumper. The one on the impact side had been damaged and compressed.
Did they replace it? Hell no, just shoved a bunch of shims behind it and
rebolted it. I was pissed, raised hell and got it fixed right. Talk about
shade tree mechanics, at a Caddy Dealership, no less. Really tightened
my Van Allen belt !
I got some damage in a 10 or 15mph rear-ending at a yield sign. The
insurance company called a Honda dealership for a price for a
"replacement bumper" and paid me the $600 they quoted. When I went to
pick it up it was just the skin, unpainted, without the collapsible
supports. I ended up buying the supports and just repainting the
scratches on the original "bumper." We need to get some redefinitions of
what constitutes a "bumper."
You're incorrect. The original discussion was about the damage to
Elle's vehicle. This off shoot of the topic came about when this was
posted the following;
> If you are unhurt, just go for the cosmetic repair.
> Of course if it were me, I'd be screamin' neck, back and other
> maladies and interviewing sleazy lawyers!
> > JT
That is where the people came into the discussion. When it was made
obvious that there are people with extremely low ethics and standards
out there, that only think about what they can get out of others
(whether businesses or other people) for nothing.
Man... You said a mouthfull there.
I have only been in a three accidents in my driving experience. None
were my fault but they all occurred back in the good ol' days - pre 1970.
In every case, settlement was pretty routine and prompt and no lawyer
was ever consulted.
But I fear that today's situation would be drastically different. It
seems that no one is up to facing their responsibility. As a result, the
trial lawyers are enjoying a field day.
BTW, if you are in a physical damage accident only, forget about any of
these guys offering their services. If you're injured, they'll be
banging down your door!
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