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13 December 2008 @ 11:59 am
Bin Lorry, Meet Car!  
Well, yesterday didn't go as planned at all. When J got to the car in the morning to go to work he discovered a dent in the driver's side of the car (near the nose) & a note under the windscreen wiper saying it was the binmen & we should call the council (and gave us the number). J decided to come back & work from home coz we weren't sure how long & how much faff it would take to get it all sorted out.

Much credit to the council though - it all seems to be going very smoothly. When I rang them up the person who deals with such things was in a meeting, so I gave some details & we waited for her to call back. Which she did, a bit later in the morning. This clearly happens often enough that they have a process - she said we could have our own garage give them a quote for the repair or it would be simpler if we went with the garage they use. So we did the latter, and a chap came out & looked at the car in the afternoon, gave the council an estimate & got back in touch with us to say the work'll be done on Thurs/Fri next week & he'd call me back on Monday with confirmation of the days & directions to the garage. We'll even get use of a courtesy car.

And even better it's not going via the insurance company. The council have some scheme that basically means providing it's not very expensive (up to £600 I think she said) they just pay it & don't claim off their insurance, so we don't need to make a claim.
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