Insurance companies (theirs and ours) have been a constant in our lives since we move to Austin because of the accident I was in on the first day of our drive out here from California.
I have mixed feelings about the news of her impending retirement. She was my first (and only!) car and even though she’s considered “old”, I took such good care of her that she received much higher marks on her evaluation than most cars half her age that are totaled.
I knew that our insurance company was evaluating the damage, and had a feeling that it would come to this (especially after the guy at the body shop looked at it for two seconds and said “ouch, I’ll bet that’s totaled.”), but I didn’t want to have to get a new car on anyone else’s terms but mine. Now, I have to get a new(ish) car, no matter if I like it or not.
It’s probably in my best interest to get a new(ish) car as Goldie was a 1996 and doesn’t come with a lot of the safety features a newer car has, especially safety features that are important with a baby on the way .
Still, it’s hard to let her go. She holds 8 years of my memories. I knew how she drove and all her little quirks. I knew exactly how much room I needed to parallel park. I knew, even though the gas gauge wasn’t accurate, exactly how many miles I could get off a full tank, half tank or even how much time I had to get to a gas station when it was on empty.
It’s really unsettling to me that the stupidity of some guy going way too fast took them away in less than 20 seconds. It’s been over a month and I still break out in a sweat and inwardly panic if I’m coming to a stop and the person behind me is too close or coming toward me too fast. (Hmmm, guess I have some stuff to work through…)
Regardless of my issues surrounding the accident, I can’t drive this rental car forever, and soon I’ll need to face the fact that I need a new(ish) car. So, anyone have any suggestions of a super safe, family-friendly car (new or used) for under $20K? No minivans, though.