Okay, will someone please pass the cream and sugar. I have to eat my words and I’d like to make them a little more palatable!! We all have our favorite vehicles (mine happens to be our Toyota Sienna) and apparently I stepped on Andy’s toes when I made disparaging remarks about the Fit. Sorry Andy – didn’t mean to diss them as a brand, just frustrated with mine at the moment. Wasn’t out to start a recall or a Diss-Fit movement haha!! Just letting it all hang out so my blogger buds could sympathize with me and pat me on the head and tell me it was all going to be okay. Thanks Buds…
Anyway, it appears there was no problem with either the Fit or Honda so those are the words I am eating…chomp chomp!! The Fit is a great little car but I do think I would like something with a bit more ground clearance. Sure gets good mileage though!
Russ finally caught the right bus and made it into the dealership today, a ride of about 40 miles. He got a look at the underside of the Fit but he only got one picture. Said there was more damage than is shown here.
Here is where we were so confused. We only saw the broken strut mount from the top and could not figure out how that could have happened. The Fit had been rolling along nicely all the way from Hood River with no problems at all. We were thinking if something hit the undercarriage, we would have heard it. What we failed to think about is that we were in the motor home and may not have heard anything at all – however I still fail to see how something that caused so much damage was not noticed by us. I was also a little dismayed that the service tech did not inform us of this right away. Russ talked to him several times and other than asking us what we hit, he made no mention of this under-carriage damage. Russ told him we didn’t hit anything and he still said nothing about the damage. All we had seen was the broken mount.
Finally last night Russ talked to a manager and he told Russ about the extensive damage under the car. He said it is clear that something flew up and hit the car and there was nothing we could have done to prevent it. It is still a bit of a mystery though as we were traveling very slowly on the off ramp and had barely applied the brakes when we felt the initial jerk of the car. We thought the brakes had locked, but no amount of braking could have caused that damage…and certainly not the amount of brake that Russ had applied. We can only surmise that there was an object in the roadway or knocked into the roadway by a car on our right that we could not have seen.
So State Farm has indicated they will cover the damage under our collision coverage (cha-ching…that’s the sound of the rates going up!)) Seems it's only covered under comprehensive if you know what you hit. If it is an unknown object, it is a collision. I don’t know… but at any rate a $500 deductible is a whole lot easier to swallow than a bill for $6,600. So we don’t have it in writing yet but the insurance rep did not anticipate any problems. Should have the car back by Monday at the latest.
I want to thank Gilbert Honda in College Place, Washington for their helpful and courteous service. They have been nothing but kind to us and if you ever find yourself in need of service int his area, call Gilbert Auto Group. Russ has had all the contact with them and he makes a comment below on his perspective of their service.
So, where do we go from here? We thought about just going on home since this has been a rather stressful few days. BUT, if we do that, if we run home with our tail between our legs, we will likely find it hard to get motivated to get out again. It’s always easier to sit on your duff and let life pass you by. We could sit in our rockers until we die but that is not why we chose Therapy. We know we need to get out and be active and enjoy the life we have left. And so we will continue on our way because we are…Off Our Rockers, and into Therapy.
From our yard tonight…