Hi, Bob Aldons, from Car Business and other luminaries – The Car Guy, and Genuine Spares Australia. I’ve written about the road my business is on before. The office of Car Business is at 226 Anzac Avenue, Kippa-Ring a suburb of Redcliffe. Redcliffe borders Brisbane to the north and is about 20 minutes from Brisbane Airport. It’s a seaside city, 75% surrounded by water, with a population of around 45,000 people. If you haven’t been to Redcliffe, Saturday and Sunday are great days to experience everything that it has to offer. Here’s a link to a website. ‘Must Do Brisbane‘ has a section devoted to Redcliffe. Whilst not a part of Brisbane city, Redcliffe has historic links to the state capital. Car accidents aren’t the nicest thing to happen to anyone and four over 2 years is simply outrageous. Accidents are caused by inattention or inability, nothing else.
Accident number 1. Just over 2 years ago, December 31st, 2015 to be precise, my Volkswagen Amarok was smashed by a young female driver checking her texts at 9.00am in the morning. Said female wasn’t aware of the camber of the road and ran into a 1982 Commodore SS which ‘flew’ through the air and t-boned my ute. Cost of Repair – $12500 + $11000 for the written-off ‘collectible’ Commodore.
Accident number 2. A 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland was on the road, parked legally, minding its own business when a Linfox Truck decided to re-design the driver’s side exterior rear vision mirror. The truck driver said that he wasn’t aware of the accident and kept driving. Thankfully, I was able to give chase. When I caught up with him it was deny deny deny and then admit he ‘may’ have hit it. 6 weeks later Linfox’s insurer paid out on the claim. Cost of repair – $1500.
Accident number 3. A borrowed Nissan 370Z was sideswiped by a ‘lovely elderly lady’ damaging the guard, and exterior rearview mirror. I write for a number of major car manufacturers and Nissan is one of them. This 370Z was the first vehicle loaned to me by Nissan and it was embarrassing to return it with accident damage, even though iI wasn’t at fault. I have an opinion on senior citizens driving, particularly those over 80 years of age. I caught up with the driver at our Aldi, and she wasn’t aware what she’d done. I had to show her the accident damage to her car to convince her that she was at fault. The poor old thing could hardly move, used a walker which she even struggled to get out of her car. Cost of repair – $3500.
Accident number 4. Just recently, another ‘senior citizen’ (could have been the same lady who didn’t like the Nissan?) ended up on the bonnet of a Holden Ute parked on the same road. At first, she suggested that the truck pictured had hit her car and caused the accident. The truck driver, a lovely young man told her that she just veered off the lane and crashed into the Commodore. He did hit her (softly) after she hit the Holden. Dash cam backed up his version. Cost of repair – $15000.
So you’d completely understand why I decided to park my personal car off the road, in my parking area. I thought (silly me) that it would be very safe and sound and that the crazy drivers that frequent Anzac Avenue at Kippa-Ring wouldn’t target my vehicles.
Accident number 5. Just yesterday, a local decided that he didn’t like my BMW M3 – reversed carelessly from illegally parking at Goodyear Tyres, straight into the left-hand guard of my car. Now before you think that it’s just a minor scrape and not worthy of comment, let me tell you that the M3 is finished in Frozen Black – a special paint finish from BMW that just isn’t able to be touched up. In fact, it’s a pretty lengthy process. The quote from the Brisbane BMW Repair Shop is $?
So that’s my story – why are people so careless on the roads? Each incident was caused by inattention by the driver and its inattention that causes not only these ‘minor’ accidents but far more serious accidents resulting in death and disability.
Bob Aldons is the owner and founder of The Car Guy, reviewing cars, reporting on Car Industry Matters, Car Tech and the world at large. He’s spent the last forty years immersed in the automotive industry from salesman to the owner of a 7 brand multi-franchise dealership. Bob knows cars.
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Trade In Value Example
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