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Jam in an SUV sandwich :-(

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Waiting in a left turn lane with half a dozen vehicles in front, and a Chevy Suburban plows into my rear at about 25 MPH. (He said 40, but I don't believe it.) Shattered the glass in the hatch, where my dog was riding. Scared her so much she jumped out and went running into the traffic, which about gave me a heart attack. But I got her back, and both of us are fine.

Not so the poor little Insight, though. Bent hatch lid, squished the bumper, and warped the sheet metal on the roof and right rear quarter. Insurance company wants to total it :-(

So I'm probably in the market for another used Insight (5 speed, not CVT), though I'm going to be off to Switzerland for three months as soon as they straighten out my visa problems. And if anyone is interested in an Insight to experiment with, there's one in Reno. Still drivable, engine & power train are ok, just rear end damage, cracked windshield, and minor damage to front bumper cover.
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james said:
It's been a couple of weeks since the sandwich, and no symptoms yet. If anything, the neck (which was a bit stiff prior to) feels a bit better. Accidental chiropractic, maybe?

The guy's insurance company still hasn't gotten back to me with a value. Honestly, though, the car isn't in that bad shape: I did the duct tape & plastic thing on the hatch, and drove it for a few days until they got me into a body shop. It's just real awkward timing, what with (I hope) leaving for Europe in a few weeks.
TWO weeks? What does the dork have, Progressive?!

I've _never_ turned around totalling a car in less than three days. Even given the Insight's "special" value, that seems a bit extreme to me.

Glad you and your dog are okay and the added drama of her getting loose and bolting turned out well in the end.
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