posted on Sep, 2 2017 @ 05:38 AM
I didn't know if I should post this in rant or general chit chat or here. I decided here because there may be others that love their cars as much as
we do ours.
Basically we own a yellow MX5 California Mark 2 [also known as a Miata in the US], it isn't just a car to us, it is our baby, our pride and joy.
Especially joy, because when you have not much money, you can just get some enjoyment by taking it out on a summer's day, with the roof down, listen
to music and drive through the countryside.
One of our nightmares [both of us - husband and myself], regularly dreaming that something happens to it and waking up upset.
Well now it has happened. Through absolutely no fault of us, well, me, as I was driving.
Narrow country lane, see coach, drive up to the bend as it is the only place to let it pass [plus there is a big driveway, so the coach has more than
enough space. Everyone driving down these lanes know each spot and use the space to let others pass.
Learner driver and idiot, instructor even more of an idiot. He takes the large coach too close in the curve and in slow motion I see how he's gonna
scrape us. I shout 'stop' and drive even backwards for a little bit bit have to stop as I am close to a ditch.
He doesn't stop and slowly scrapes our baby, I can still hear it. And at that moment all our fears came true regarding our car.
I knew it would be hassle, I knew it would be a pain in the backside for us and we would lose the car and have to get another one etc, hassle.
The instructor comes out and I am full on shouting obsceneties mode. I was in shock, I cried, I screamed all with anger inside of me and the knowledge
that the lovely day we just had with our baby has now come to an end. That our car has come to an end.
He comes out and dares to say: 'It's only a scratch'
You are frigging kidding me right? The whole drivers side is dented from front to back. The coach has a yellow streak but no actual damage.
Then the instructor tells me off and asks if I didn't see the Learner sign. Well no, I didn't actually. I am sitting about 1 meter and a half below
that poxy sign and he was far too close and the wrong angle.
Then he tries to say I should have stopped on the straight. Another stupid comment from someone who has never driven down that road. the straight
holds about one and a half cars, it is already very difficult to get past another normal car without landing in the ditch, so no. The coach alone
would have difficulties on that stretch.
Anyway, I know it's boring but I need to vent.
We took a lot of photos. It shoudl be really simple to deduct that I did everything right and they did everything wrong. But as I predicted seconds
after it happened. This is doing my head in. I am suffering from anxiety and I have M.E and can't be without a car [courtesy car has not been
delivered and it's been 5 days.
I wake up at night with fear and worry, because the insurers will probably write our 'boy' off and we might get a similar one.
How this will happen and how much hassle is involved I don't know. All I know is that I never asked for this.
I know there are worst problems in the world but I just wanted to write this all down and hopefully hear from others that had similar experiences.
It's all so daunting to me and I am so upset about losing our 'pride and joy'.
This is all happening in the UK by the way.