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It's been persisting down all day here so, of course, as soon as you get into your car the windows are going to steam over. The number of cars I've seen driving around today with every window completely 'fogged up' except for a tiny patch in front of the driver's nose that they've wiped clear (with the back of their hand, presumably), beggars belief, :mad:. No doubt a prelude to what we can expect, in terms of the drivers' abilities to see, when the winter frosts arrive.

I arrived home about half an hour ago, stopped briefly on the road in front of the house, and went to open the driveway gates. During those few seconds, a visitor to a neighbour across the road managed to reverse back in his Zafira and 'modify' the driver's door on my 159, :eek: :cry: :rant:. That was despite my car sitting there with its lights on - "I didn't see you there" (no kidding!!!! :mad:), "but you know what it's like in this weather, the windows are all steamed up" was his opening remark. No I don't know, because some of us wait until we can see where we're going first! :mad:

I've got an OCD when it comes to my car, :rolleyes: , and I go crazy if I find a stone-chip so you can probably imagine how I'm feeling right now. I can see by torch-light and street-light that it's not a huge amount of damage (still no comfort) but it's going to need a new door-skin for sure as there's a 'healthy' crease running down it just behind the hinge-line and a dent from the inside where the side-intrusion bar has left its mark.

I took her all the way to Spain and back the other week and managed to avoid any 'physical contact' with those crazy drivers over there, only for this to happen outside my own front door, :rant:.
 

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So sorry to hear this:cry: please stop looking at rocket launchers / hand grenades online:tut: Did you manage to get the candidate for the Darwin award to admit liability ? I know it's a cliche, but at least it's bent (fixable) metal, and we aren't all trying to call you at the hospital to find out what it's like to be hit by a Zafira.
 

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So sorry to hear this:cry: please stop looking at rocket launchers / hand grenades online:tut:
Damn, and there was me just about to get out the plastic for this, :rolleyes: : Israeli Bazooka, Rocket Launcher for sale | Demilled - with a little work, I'm sure it could be perfectly serviceable in no time!

Did you manage to get the candidate for the Darwin award to admit liability ? I know it's a cliche, but at least it's bent (fixable) metal, and we aren't all trying to call you at the hospital to find out what it's like to be hit by a Zafira.
Yes, I realise how lucky I was as just a few seconds either way and parts of my anatomy would have been acting as 'padding' between the colliding panels. At least he 'coughed' for it straight away, but typically, the guilty party got off with almost nothing to show for the encounter. It was the corner of his rear bumper that hit the middle of my door so concentrating the impact through a small contact point - all he got was a scuff in the paint, :( .
 

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Oh dear, I'm so sorry David. Life with the 159 certainly has been eventful. :(
Thank goodness you didn't get creased though. :thumbs:
The difference between Alfa owners and others = we care about our beautiful cars!
I hope the news is better when you see it in the cold light of day tomorrow. :)
 
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Damn, and there was me just about to get out the plastic for this, :rolleyes: : Israeli Bazooka, Rocket Launcher for sale | Demilled - with a little work, I'm sure it could be perfectly serviceable in no time!



Yes, I realise how lucky I was as just a few seconds either way and parts of my anatomy would have been acting as 'padding' between the colliding panels. At least he 'coughed' for it straight away, but typically, the guilty party got off with almost nothing to show for the encounter. It was the corner of his rear bumper that hit the middle of my door so concentrating the impact through a small contact point - all he got was a scuff in the paint, :( .
It's quite scary when you think about it like that. A child walking past would be quite hard to spot through a steamed up window too and would probably have less awareness of what's going on.
 

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Think of it this way, That if it had happened in the car park or somewhere else you had left the car the culprit would more than likely scarper leaving you with the bill. You being there meant he had to accept full responsibility.
 

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It's been persisting down all day here so, of course, as soon as you get into your car the windows are going to steam over. The number of cars I've seen driving around today with every window completely 'fogged up' except for a tiny patch in front of the driver's nose that they've wiped clear (with the back of their hand, presumably), beggars belief, :mad:. No doubt a prelude to what we can expect, in terms of the drivers' abilities to see, when the winter frosts arrive.

I arrived home about half an hour ago, stopped briefly on the road in front of the house, and went to open the driveway gates. During those few seconds, a visitor to a neighbour across the road managed to reverse back in his Zafira and 'modify' the driver's door on my 159, :eek: :cry: :rant:. That was despite my car sitting there with its lights on - "I didn't see you there" (no kidding!!!! :mad:), "but you know what it's like in this weather, the windows are all steamed up" was his opening remark. No I don't know, because some of us wait until we can see where we're going first! :mad:

I've got an OCD when it comes to my car, :rolleyes: , and I go crazy if I find a stone-chip so you can probably imagine how I'm feeling right now. I can see by torch-light and street-light that it's not a huge amount of damage (still no comfort) but it's going to need a new door-skin for sure as there's a 'healthy' crease running down it just behind the hinge-line and a dent from the inside where the side-intrusion bar has left its mark.

I took her all the way to Spain and back the other week and managed to avoid any 'physical contact' with those crazy drivers over there, only for this to happen outside my own front door, :rant:.
That's murder. Seen a guy in an Escort by the Garrion Bridge, he must have driven all the way there with his windows completely steamed up, except the patch on his windscreen. Accident waiting to happen.

Sorry to hear about the door, cant stand carelessness like that. I would have seen the red mist too... :mad:
 

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sorry to hear ya news fella :(
 
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This does my head in as well, I won't set off until I can see out of the entire windscreen, alot of the time it's young girls in Fiesta's and Clio's etc that have a 10" x 10" area in front of their face cleared and thats it, :tut:
 

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I'm sorry too to hear about the damage. I think I feel the same way about my bella as you do so I can imagine how you felt. There are a lot of idiots out there.:mad:
 

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Dude. Not the one. Is it just me or are Alfa drivers the only sensible ones out there. Idiots like that need there heads banging on something hard. Would he try and walk round his house blind folded??? I think not so why do it in his car. Well done for not killing him there and then on the spot as I would have been screwing! I don't get this thing with steamed up windows. If they are cleaned properly then the blower clears it instantly. The second you rub it when its wet you can guarantee it will always steam up and have marks all over it. Just don't touch it! Make sure its done by an extra expensive shop so his insurance reminds HIM next time to CLEAR HIS WINDOWS BEFORE DRIVING DUUUUHHHHH!!!!!:mad:
 

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Agreed, it's the garbage that comes out of their mouths that gets my back up: "but you know what it's like in this weather, the windows are all steamed up" - he KNOWS the windows are steamed up so why is he moving then? Jeeze I could have understood it to a point perhaps 50 years ago but most cars clear pretty quickly these days, in fact I keep mine properly cleaned and I can't remember the last time they steamed up, it only takes a few minutes ffs. :mad:
 

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...... Make sure its done by an extra expensive shop so his insurance reminds HIM next time to CLEAR HIS WINDOWS BEFORE DRIVING DUUUUHHHHH!!!!!:mad:
Oh yes, you'd better believe it. My dealer (Western of Edinburgh) operate an accident management scheme through a company called Accident Exchange. They take charge of all the hassle of dealing with the insurance companies, organising the repair and providing a loan car, and bill the cost of their services to the other party.

They've already had somebody out to inspect my car and have said that they'll be replacing the entire door (not just the skin) as the frame is slightly distorted. They also spotted that the bottom section of the front wing where it meets the sill has a small crease, so they're going to replace the wing as they feel that repairs to panels are never 100% satisfactory. They will then be spraying the whole side of the car so that the colour match is spot-on, and re-applying the Supagard paint sealant, :thumbs:. I also had a 'phone call from them today to confirm the exact equipment level of my car (things like built-in Sat-Nav, etc) to ensure that the replacement car I'm supplied is of a comparable specification (damn - and I was s..o..o..o..o looking forward to that Hyundai Getz! :rolleyes:).

So I think his insurance will be delivering him a sizeable reminder come renewal time, :) . When I got home tonight, I found a note from him through my letter-box asking me to make contact. He was offering to get my car repaired by "a bloke he knows" in the next village who'd be able to do it "over a weekend to minimise my inconvenience". How considerate!!! :mad: Cheeky s*d!!! He didn't seem too impressed when I informed him how things were going to proceed. Well, TOUGH!!!
 

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:. I also had a 'phone call from them today to confirm the exact equipment level of my car (things like built-in Sat-Nav, etc) to ensure that the replacement car I'm supplied is of a comparable specification (damn - and I was s..o..o..o..o looking forward to that Hyundai Getz! :rolleyes:).
Just don't be fobbed off with the wibbly-wobbly Maybach.. surely Cedran's "loaner" will do.( but does it have Sat-Nav?and make sure the rears have the legal amount of tread:wow::thumbs:
 

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.. surely Cedran's "loaner" will do.( but does it have Sat-Nav?and make sure the rears have the legal amount of tread:wow::thumbs:
Yes please, :thumbs: , - I'd even be more than willing to pay to replace the rears myself, :lol: . And you wouldn't so much need Sat-Nav, as the radio tuned to the correct frequency for Air Traffic Control.

That 8C looks fake, :lol:
Believe me Darren, when I say that there was nothing fake about this......AO Europe Videos 2 :: 8CCompetizione1.flv video by romeoraider - Photobucket :D

Todays update on the saga: Accident Exchange contacted me to say that they have established a line of communication with the other party's insurance which is unfortunately more than he has done so far - he hasn't bothered to notify them yet, :mad: . If he hasn't done so by Friday, AE will write to him asking if he is intending paying the repair costs himself directly to them. That should wake him up as the estimate is £2675 and that will be + the cost of the courtesy car for the week or so that the repair is going to take + AE's admin costs + VAT on the whole lot! :eek:
 

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Todays update on the saga: Accident Exchange contacted me to say that they have established a line of communication with the other party's insurance which is unfortunately more than he has done so far - he hasn't bothered to notify them yet, :mad: . If he hasn't done so by Friday, AE will write to him asking if he is intending paying the repair costs himself directly to them. That should wake him up as the estimate is £2675 and that will be + the cost of the courtesy car for the week or so that the repair is going to take + AE's admin costs + VAT on the whole lot! :eek:
Good to hear you are having luck with this Accident Exchange crowd, was in the Eastern repair place and they were saying that apparently people have been threatened by their insurance company for using Accident Exchange... That their insurance companies were only happy to pay for a supermini as a loan car.

I hate insurance claims, the hassle involved and the constant worry that if it's not a 100% clean cut deal, then you will end up with years of costs through an increase in annual premiums. I so far have managed to keep my no claims since I passed my test, but not without a few hairy moments...

Had a guy bump into my old Audi in Morrisons in Livingston, he dented the front of the wing and all the brackets holding on a headlight. I was going to go down the insurance route, but the dent was tiny and he offered to pay for a new headlight and get his brother to pull the dent out. He did a good job but I really should have gone the insurance route...
 

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If it is anything more than minor damage I would go down the insurance route every time. Taking up the offer of an 'easy repair by my mate' gives no guarantees if the work is less than satisfactory.

Like Andrew, I hate the insurance route too. You get the feeling they will use this as an excuse to screw you next year even if it is your fault. Unfortunately, for anything major it is really the only option!

Hope it goes OK for you. I went in to the western accident repair place the other week to get a quote for the scratch (now fixed) & it was :eek::eek::eek::eek:
 
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