Ok... here is the story.
Last Thursday my grandparents needed to borrow my car, i have a large 4WD and they needed to transport some things around. I agreed and lent them my
car and they were going to drop it off Thursday night. 7:30pm rolls around and no contact, so i called them. I get Grandma telling me that Grandad
wanted to keep the car for a bit and talk to me about the wheel alignment, it felt loose.
I said just leave it and we can talk about it tomorrow. So Friday comes, its roughly midday and Grandad calls me "Uhhhhh SilentShadow, i need your
help fixing your car, we kinda *static* bumper *static*". So i told him i will be right over to check it out.
I just thought he must have backed it into something, however, when i get to their place i noticed the entire front of my car has basically fallen
off, bullbar and all.
I get out, and talk to grandad, he told me what happened:
On a merging lane a utility truck flew past them on the left trying to overtake them, it got too close and as it went past, the outside of the
utilities tray clipped the left back/side of my bullbar and basically ripped it straight out.
Well in this country overtaking in the left hand lane is illegal, plus we also have what is called compulsory third party insurance, which means that
the other driver's insurance company would take care of my car. So i am cheering, no damage done to my family members, i get a whole new front end of
I then asked if the driver stopped or ran away, he did stop and my grandparents and he chatted about it and checked out the damage. All good so far,
so i said alright lets go call his insurance agency and get this all sorted. Grandad replied by telling me that they didn't get his details
He continued by remarking that the damage didn't look that bad and all he thought he had to do was lift the front back on and fix it up a bit.
So they just shook hands and drove their separate ways. The other driver did offer them his details but they thought it was going to be ok.
It wasn't till he came home and tried working on it for 7 hours that he realised it was alot worse than it looked. Yeh, $5,000 bad... according to
the repair shop yesterday.
So anyway, they now have to scrounge together $500 (Which they don't have) to pay for my excess fee, i lose my no claim bonuses and get a new front
on my car. Plus i get to drive their nice Mercedes around for two weeks while it gets fixed lol.
Anyway, this all could have been avoided if they just took his details when he offered them. Would have cost them and me, NOTHING. Plus the lied
to me and didn't tell me about it for 18hours.