April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Okay, here’s the rest of the story…

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.

ooops

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…

rainbow

36 comments:

  1. And out the other window there was beautiful blue sky and big white fluffy clouds. I love the views here, big sky country like! I can hear some thunder rolling in the distance, so we're probably going to get some more "partial showers" yet today. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. After finally getting to the dealership today, I got to see the underside of the Fit. They had it up on a lift, and it was obvious that there was considerable damage to some expensive parts of the car caused by something that really whacked it hard! They were all extremely nice and very helpful at Gilbert Honda. Sure glad we were able to get it to a good dealer that will be able to take the proper care to fix it right. With the major problems that they showed me, I was just happy we weren't driving the car at the time of the accident. That would have been a very bad experience, indeed! There were no Honda parts that failed, just got smashed and bashed and jerked around badly. Sure looks a lot worse from underneath than it did from topside. They gave me a nice new Honda to drive as a rental car while they get ours fixed. This dealership is only about 9 months old at their new location, and the building and shop is great. Nice big shop, very clean. Nice folks, very knowledgeable and thoughtful. They even sent a chocolate chip cookie back with me for Donna. The coffee was good there, too. I can't say enough about how good they treated me. Gilbert Auto Group, you're the best! Thanks for being here for us!!

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  3. That's a beautiful rainbow! Whew--I'm glad your insurance will pick up the cost of the repairs. I like your style--if you're off your rockers, that's a good thing!

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  4. Boy! whatever it was had to be big or strong or in a high velocity to do such damage, huh? Glad u guys are ok...

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  5. Definitely better to have to come up with $500 then $6600. And it's really great you found a place that is treating you well. Love the rainbow and I'm glad you are going to stay out.

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  6. Great Attitude! Get back on that pony and ride, ride, ride! With a rainbow like that... right in your own backyard... it HAS to come out all right!

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  7. For the right reasons I think you made the correct decision to carry on. Last December I was diagnosed with a large Kidney Stone & it was suggested we immediately return to Canada. For the same reason you made your decision, I made my decision & continued on to enjoy the rest of the winter in a place of my choise. The Southwest. No regrets:))

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  8. I'm so glad the sun of a new day has brightened the outlook and the financial burden. Sometimes we forget that it can always be worse.

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  9. nice rainbow and looks like your 'insurance' co is your pot of gold at the end of it...thank heavens..glad your carrying on !!! Thats the spirit and also happy to see you are getting excellent customer service...

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  10. Glad you guys didn't give up and head home. You can still enjoy your trip regardless of what may have happened. Good for you for hanging in there!

    By the way maybe is your black tank still attached. Could it be laying back there on that off-ramp? Just kidding of course.

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  11. Donna, no need to apologize--my toes are fine. :-) And I have my own words to eat: my "toad brake lockup" theory doesn't hold up in the face of the undercarriage damage you saw.

    Anyway, I'm glad your insurance will cover the repairs. Keep on truckin'!

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  12. So glad you are getting your car fixed! Phew. That's NEVER fun!!!! I have a Honda CRV (2008) and I LOVE her! She takes me up and down the mountains...she already has 98,000 miles and she'll have to get a tune up this summer, but other than oil changes and a new set of tires, she's been (knock on wood...) without any problems! She just goes and goes! My Honda Accord got nearly 200,000 miles and our son still has her!

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  13. I'm just glad it didn't happen on the way to the Columbia Gorge--you might have missed it! And, of course, that it's not a hit of 6K.

    Rich and I pulled out of Junction City with our brand new motorhome. We had gone to a place (don't remember the name), but I think it cost us 3K for the beautiful shield on the front of it.

    Ten minutes into the drive a logging truck threw a good size log our way. It bounced a few times when it hit the ground, but there was no getting out of the way. It hit with a big thud. I felt very badly, but Rich said, "That's why I got the shield. There's no damage to the motorhome and you'll never even notice the damage to the shield.

    We also once had a tire tear apart on the jeep we were towing. Had it not been for another driver signaling us to pull over we would have dragged it for who knows how long. We couldn't hear what was going on in the toad from the front of the motorhome.

    Things can be fixed. Just good that you are okay.

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  14. Just keep on keepin' on...and never give up..Thanks for your kind words today...

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  15. Hooray for State Farm...$500 is a lot better than$6,600. Love the rainbow shot...great capture.

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  16. Blessings to you my friend. When life throughs you lemons, make lemonade.

    It was good to hear that State Farm came through fore you.

    Press on!

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  17. WOW...that must have been some big "whatever" that hit your car. That is a ton of damage.
    So happy to read that you only have to pay the deductible. And wonderful news that the Dealership is so nice and easy to work with.
    Please to hear that you two are not giving up. It is easy to throw in the towel but takes a ton of character to keep going.

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  18. Glad that the insurance will cover the damage and that your adventure continues!

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  19. So glad the insurance is going to cover it! Yes, $500 is a bit of money, but as you say it could have been so much worse!

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  20. enjoy the view..happy Rockin'!..glad to hear that the repair will be covered under your insurance..that in itself is great news!!

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  21. I'm so sorry this happened, but thank goodness no one was hurt! It sounds like you guys have everything under control, and will be back on the road soon. Good luck with the repairs, and the rest of your trip! :)

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  22. PS - I love the photo of Russ "pitching a Fit." It took me a minute to see what you did. Very clever! You should be a joke writer for a professional comedian. :)

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  23. Have to have a liitle rain to get those kind of rainbows!

    Happy to hear you two are saddling up and getting back on those horses.

    Sharon and Ron

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  24. That's good news. Thank goodness for insurance.

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  25. Happy to hear everything is getting taken care of without too much hassle. FYI, if the damage had been due to something you did wrong while setting up the car to tow, insurance still would have covered it.

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  26. I think you found what was at the end of that rainbow! :)

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  27. I would have to say that you are not off of your rockers as the original engine pic showed no damage to where the rocker arms are . Off your struts, maybe, but not the rockers!

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  28. Glad to hear that the insurance company stepped up. You were due for a rainbow to cheer you up ... a sure sign from Mother Nature that you're meant to continue with your travels.

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  29. Holy Catfish ! What a shock in reading about your toad. I am just starting to read blogs again after nearly a week and a half of "real life occurring" It appears that Murphy has brought real life to your doorstep as well. Here is hoping all smooths out.

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  30. Our first year on the road Len tangled with a diesel pump barrier and lost tearing the back cap from the fiver. Second year had two tires blow our within 3 hours ribbing the wheel coverings off the side of the rig. We became discouraged and thought about packing in it. Then cooler heads prevailed.

    I think all of us get discouraged when these things happen. Would it not be lovely to just move on down the road with no problems.

    AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN.

    Hang tight and enjoy the ride.

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  31. FABULOUS picture - gotta love a rainbow!

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  32. Rainbows somehow manage to make everything ok again. Thankful you and Russ are ok -- could have been much worse. So happy you are out of those rocking chairs and moving on with your trip 'cause I like seeing where you go and seeing it thru your eyes! Take care & God bless!

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  33. Incredible damage to the Fit. Must have been some indestructible object that you ran over to do that.

    Glad to see you'll be covered under your collision and also that Honda is treating you well. I'm sure the Honda guys are pretty amazed to see that kind of damage to one of their cars too!

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  34. Well, when we read this, our first wonderment was if you got smacked by an alligator, the black rubber kind that lie in wait for us on the side of the road. But it would have had to be a big one! Hang on there! We are too! Hope to hear this morning about our transfer case problem.

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  35. Holy macaroons. I would have thought you'd hear some racket, too. Silver lining: Therapy is well-insulated.

    Great rainbow photo!

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  36. I am SOOOO glad insurance is covering it. Wow!!

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