I woke up this morning determined to get some answers on the status of poor ole Tumbleweed, and once that was done, to head out of town…
Frustration set in early when the adjuster called with NO NEW information for me other than to tell me that the “injured party has hired a lawyer.” Which put me into a bit of a panic.
So, I called my insurance agent, Marie, back in Blue Hill, and she got on it for me! Within 10 minutes, she called back with lots of reassurances for me that Vermont Mutual is looking out for me, etc. etc.
She also told me that the appraisal on the damages had come in, and it was $8,200 – well below the amount that would have turned Tumbleweed into scrap metal…
So, I was able to start the process of moving him from the towing and wrecker service lot to a body shop!!
I Googled “auto body shops, amarillo” and the first one that came up had seven excellent reviews. I decided to call them and see if they could take on my ailing car. Doug, who answered the phone at Drury Body Shop, assured me that they could take it on, and explained that they would go over everything with me when I came in.
I signed a release at the towing company, and they promised to deliver Tumbleweed to Drury “in a couple of minutes.” They were BIG, TEXAS minutes – a half hour later, at Drury, we were still waiting for him to arrive.
Meanwhile, Doug started a folder on us, got in touch with the insurance adjuster to have her fax over the appraisal report, and just made me feel so at ease about the whole process.
When I told him that I had found them online and they had seven excellent reviews, he beamed and said they were the Pro repair shop for several insurance companies (whose names I don’t remember) as well as the EXCLUSIVE repair ship for Geico in Amarillo. He assured me that they would fix my car up as quickly as possible, and that I would be extremely pleased with the results.
While we were waiting for Tumbleweed to arrive, I decided to go over to the Municipal Courthouse and deal with my traffic citation for “causing an accident.”
When I got there, I learned that I had to appear before a judge. This town is so efficient, that they have court appearances at 9 and 11 AM, and 1, 3, and 4 PM every weekday! Since it was already after noon, I opted for 1 PM, and went outside to take Max for a walk around a few downtown blocks.
I had to pay a $193 fine, and if I don’t get another ticket for 30 days, this will be deleted from my record. I can do this…
After court, we returned to Drury and there was Tumbleweed in the parking lot!
Doug told me they would take him inside and start tearing him down to assess damage, order parts from the (2nd largest in the US) Honda dealer in Oklahoma City, and probably be able to start repairs by the end of the week!!
Although we checked out of La Quinta this morning, with every intention of heading out of town, all the machinations involved in getting Tumbleweed moved took until almost 2 PM. So, we are checked into a pretty nice Motel 6 for tonight.
Tomorrow? Maybe we’ll head west again and go back up to Santa Fe. There are Extreme Wildfire Danger alerts for Northeast New Mexico east of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and Northwest Texas plains, with really high winds as well.
Since Santa Fe is at a high elevation, the worst we might encounter is a dusting of snow! Also, temperatures down here on the plains are running in the mid-80s and Santa Fe is mid-50s to 60s – much better in my book.