May 17, 2005

totally freaking out

i'm totally freaking out right now. as i was driving home on the 5, a large bit of a debris - a large SUV-sized tire tread - hit my MINI square in the face. I could feel it hit the front and could hear it bump through the undercarriage. I got home as soon as I could, and as I walked to the front of my car, i was horrified to find a huge dent in my front bumper.

i'm so fucking angry and distraught right now. i've never hit anything like this before, and seeing my MINI out there like that just destroyed me. my back fucking went out, and i had a miserable time for most of the weekend becuase of it- i'm mildly upset that our road trip is going to need to be indefinitely postponed, and now... this. i just can't believe this.

Added on Wednesday morning:

Pics of the carnage... (click for larger)...

Ugh. It looks that, except for the underside of the bumper, which normally isn't visible, the bumper was only bent, and not cracked. It also seems to have come away from the body, as can be seen more in the side-view photo. Also, the mesh bit above the bottom bumper seems to have been pushed back a bit on the driver's-side.

Anyone have any clue if this type of thing is salvageable? If it needs to be replaced, any other unfortunate MINI owners out there have any experience with replacing these bits, and how much I might be looking at? My insurance deductible is $500, and I don't even know if they cover this sort of thing...

update - 10:35am
I called Steve at Steve's Auto Clinic to make first contact. I just emailed him the above photos for reference. Now, the wait for him to get back to me....


posted by julie at May 17, 2005 09:05 PM

things people have said

this is brad from karin's computer. I'm on my 3rd MINI Bumper. I need a 4th one due to road debris. dont use your insurance, you can get it from clasic MINI for less $$. We even have a group buy in the works, talk to Brian on the SCMM boards. You are no a part of the bumper club, don't stress, thats what bumpers are for, to bump stuff. Heck for only a few bucks more you can get the Aero Kit bumper that's all stylish :D
- Brad (aka Voldemort, aka Guy in Red MINI)

so said: Karin at May 18, 2005 09:24 PM

Ah, thanks for that Brad. I felt immediately relieved after reading your comment this morning.

Erik contacted Brian this morning, and I guess whichever parts I need I can order directly from Classic MINI.

So, I guess I'll swing by Steve's Auto Clinic over the weekend to see what actually needs to be replaced, and which parts can be salvaged (the lower mesh maybe?) - and then go from there.

Again, I'm feeling a lot better about the whole thing since your post. *whew* thanks!

so said: julie (me) at May 19, 2005 12:57 PM



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