|Have you ever had a car that was cursed?
||[Aug. 13th, 2009|09:51 pm]
The Question Club
tl;dr: My first new car, with less than 10,000 miles, has been in two wrecks and endured numerous mishaps, most of which were not my fault. Is my car cursed, or does Seattle just suck at driving?|
Back in November of last year, I bought the first new car I've ever purchased: a black, 2009 Scion tC.
Within a few hundred miles, I managed to back over a parking space curb. When I pulled forward, it tore the rear bumper off. Luckily, the car is mostly plastic, and the bumper snaps on save for 4 screws (only two of which broke). So even though some of the mounting points for the bumper broke, I was able to snap it back on and it basically looked like new.
A few hundred more miles, I backed into a post, tearing up the right side of the bumper I'd just got done tearing off. I've backed up much longer vehicles without a problem, and never hit anything before. But the Scion got me twice.
Then, just as I was approaching 5,000 whole miles, some woman turned left across the left hand lane, hitting the occupant of that lane, yours truly. Luckily, she was clearly at fault, and her insurance fixed up the right side of my car real nice. While the car was at the body shop, somebody hit a golf ball into the rear window, shattering it. Luckily, the body shop sucked up that one. Then when I get the car back, I discovered that the damn tow truck that moved it from the lot to the body shop scratched and dented the crap up out of the left side, and managed to somehow put a big dent in the hood. Neat. I was never able to wrangle any money out of them to fix it, so I buffed out what I could and lived with the rest.
On my way back to Seattle on a company trip to Olympia, a rock fell off the top of a super-tall semi, and even though I was some 20 car lengths back, still managed to throw it high enough that it hit my car and shattered my sunroof. At 60mph.
A couple days later, somebody decided to hit the other side of the rear bumper in my apartments parking lot. Oh well, at least the damage is symmetrical now.
So I got the sunroof fixed two days ago, partially on my company's dime since it was a company trip. Pimpin' again, right? So I'm driving out to look for a part today. The lady in front of me stops at a crosswalk where somebody is waiting. I stop behind her. The guy behind me isn't paying attention and comes to a rather rapid and percussive stop... into the back my car. He hits me hard enough that the seat back fails to keep me upright, and next thing I know I'm trying to keep my feet on the breaks and the clutch while lying flat in the vehicle. Needless to say, I also smashed into the car in front of me. Bonus points: He's a 90s GMC, all American steal. She's driving the Nissan rough equivalent. As anyone who owns a Scion knows, my car is plastic body parts attached to a frame. The bumper isn't a bumper, but is a plastic trim piece setting over a chunk of foam. My car got crushed between the two honkin' metal beasts like an aluminum can being smashed by a hammer.
Less than 10,000 miles, and my car has 2 wrecks, and more dings and scratches than the used car I picked up with 40k and added 100k to. The only two wrecks I've been in involving other vehicles.
So, TCQ, is my car cursed, or is it just the Seattle driving? (I moved from Portland to Seattle around the time I bought my new car.) Has anyone else had a cursed/unlucky car?
Pics for those interested: http://www.getdropbox.com/gallery/397473/1/Scion%20pwned?h=d78428