It spent a lot of time being appraised and estimated, as the $3,000 price tag for its repair was a big chunk of its value. Finally, the experts at State Farm gave the green light for repair.
And then it sat.
And waited for a new bumper to come in from a junkyard 40 miles away.
I thought about offering to pick it up myself.
Conclusions as I wrap up this unpleasant incident:
- Thank God the other driver had insurance.
- The insurance company should reimburse you for new car seats after an accident.
- State Farm certified "quick shops" are not always so quick.
After this, I will always carry collision on my old cars--against the conventional financial wisdom.
Your good used car, faithfully maintained, has more value than Kelly Blue Book says. Collision doesn't cost much on an older model, and ANY body work costs a fortune.
At least, unless I take up welding.