As I mentioned, we are on the hunt for a new-to-us Prius because my husband got into an accident with his 2007 Toyota Prius last Thursday. He was fine physically but the car needed two new tires ($22, done), a straightened out engine cradle ($385, done), and then the hybrid battery started crapping out. Poop.
Insurance Cries Coincidence
Our Geico car insurance claim experience was chugging along just fine until SPLAT. The insurance adjuster gave us a call yesterday afternoon.
“I have some bad news. The dead battery won’t be covered.”
You know, the $3800 hybrid battery – the whole point of the insurance claim itself – won’t be covered by our insurance because it can’t be proven that the accident caused it to die. She says the car was at 150,000 miles and they’ve been known to wear out around then anyway. And there was no external damage. It was just a coincidence. And the service department at Fred Haas Toyota actually agreed that it probably was a coincidence too.
YEAH, WHATEVER. YOU JUST SUCK!
Coincidences happen but this is just bullshit. But, in the spirit of being more positive regularly, this at least seals the deal on getting a new-to-us car.
We’re receiving a $1650 check ($2650 for the cosmetic damage and repairs already done minus our $1000 deductible). We’ll be putting that back into the bank to help with any down payment we choose to make on a new car.
Still Prius Hunting
Now the trick is actually finding a used 2013 or 2014 Prius 3…apparently, finding a 2012 Prius 3, sure. But everyone is hoarding the 2013 and 2014 Prius models with built-in navigation and keyless entry on the hatchback. Glad they love their cars, but we want them! The new 2016 Prius design is less useful for hauling stuff unless you get the Prius V (station wagon) and that gas mileage sucks for a hybrid (42 average mpg instead of a 50 average mpg).
Guess we will check out all of our options today and tomorrow, pounce if we find our prey, and keep hunting in a week after our cruise if we don’t have any luck. We have to return the rental car today, so luckily we’ve reached a point in his reffing seasons that we can actually pull off being a 1 car couple for a few weeks at least.