Bye bye, Elantra.

This past week has been a bit crazy. I woke up Tuesday morning. It seemed like a normal day. Since I didn’t start work until later in the day, I was looking forward to a relaxing morning…until the neighbor knocked at our door around 8:30 a.m. When I answered, he said, “I’m sorry, but your car isn’t outside. It was hit last night, and it’s at the impound lot.” My neighbor also handed me the police officer’s card who came to the scene Monday night.

What a way to start your day. I had a mild freak out. I called the police department and found out the police report hadn’t been filed yet. So, I really had no clue as to what happened other than I knew someone hit my car the night before. When I called my insurance, they had a bunch of questions, to which I answered “I have no clue. All I have is my police officer’s business card and a case number.”

As I was on the phone with insurance, Matt talked with my neighbor. Apparently some girl hit my legally parked car around 1 a.m. The cops tried to get a hold of us, but we didn’t answer our door. (It was 1 a.m. on a Monday night. We were sleeping.) Our neighbor was still up, so he checked out the crash scene and kindly took information from the cop to give us in the morning. (We have a swell neighbor.)

Matt and I took a look at the crash scene. Tire marks in the grass. My car – gone. It also appears that my car hit the car that was parked behind mine, however that car didn’t get taken to the impound lot.


After two hours back and forth on the phone with insurance to try and find a rental car, we still hadn’t located an available vehicle. Apparently rental car companies are not supposed to say no to insurance companies when they ask if there is a car available, however when you call that car rental company they will tell you that a car won’t be available until later.

I think we went through four rental car locations. Matt had to drive me to work, and then the rental car company picked me up in the afternoon to get the car. While annoying, it worked out quite well. They called to let me know they’d be picking me up in a black Mercedes. Awesome.

Then when I was signing the paperwork, they tell me, “Oh, by the way…that Mercedes is the rental we have for you.” Super awesome. I have never driven or even ridden in a Mercedes until this week. Let me tell you, I can understand why people spend money on these cars. They are pretty freaking sweet.


While I had a sweet rental, I still did not know the state of my own car. It was at the impound lot. All I knew was that it no longer had a rear bumper. So after work, I picked Matt up in my Mercedes and went to the impound lot. Yeah…there was a lot more damage than a missing bumper.


After seeing my car, I had a feeling that it was officially totaled. I got my belongings from my car and said my goodbyes. That was the last time I saw my Elantra. 

The next day I was able to finally get the police report. It turns out that this girl had a cast on her foot. Her foot with the cast apparently slipped on the gas and made the car accelerate out of control and into my car.  My question is, if your foot slipped on the gas pedal, wouldn’t you just accelerate, not cross over a whole lane of traffic?? While the story seems fishy to me, I wasn’t there so I will never know. I am just happy it wasn’t a hit and run.

Later that day, I found out my car was a total loss. It was a good car for the year I had it. I’ll miss my Elantra. 

car goodbye

While finding out my car was officially totaled was a bummer, at this point I was pretty much anticipating that. The huge downside is that I have only had my car for a year, so I haven’t paid my loan down enough to get anything back from insurance. Luckily, I have gap insurance, but that just means I don’t have to pay my bank any money. This leaves me with no car…and unfortunately not much money to put toward a new car. Let me tell you…fun times.

Timing surprisingly played out better than I thought it would though, because my parents were planning on buying a new car. Which means they have a shiny but slightly rusty, new to me 2004 Hyundai Elantra for sale at a good price. An Accent is not my #1 choice in a car (or even #2 or #3). However, it is a car…that is not totaled…and in good condition for being 10 years old. It is not my 2010 Elantra…it will get me to where I need to be.

I do still have my rental car for the week, as I can’t get the Accent until this weekend…which means Road Trip to Milwaukee!! (Actually we have two weddings that weekend in Milwaukee, so Matt and I were already planning to be in Milwaukee next weekend.)

However, now it is a Road Trip to Milwaukee in a Mercedes Benz! Sometimes you just got to look at the upside of things!