Apparently she was in a hurry and decided to back up before letting the garage door fully retract. After feeling the impact she freaked out and instead of engaging first gear and pull forward, she went too far on the stickshift and engaged reverse again and BAM! against the already messed up door for a second time.
She was almost in tears when she called me, feeling so guilty. So I didn't fuss at all. It was obvious that she was feeling bad enough so there was no sense on making things worse. Just gave her my support and left the office and went to see the damage. The garage door was totally bent and out of the rails, sticking all the way out, stuck midway on its travel path.
As far as the beast is concerned, just minor scratches and dents on the trunk lid and lip spoiler and quarter panel. I was really impressed by the Beast's structural rigidity. No new parts will be needed, just paint and maybe a new lip spoiler.
$400 for the new garage door. $880 for the Beast ($1600 at the dealer's bodyshop). Obviously it'll be coming out of her pocket . No insurance will be involved since our deductible is $1000, that way the insurance rate should not increase.
Please tell your wife not to feel bad. My wife made the same mistake except it was a little worse. We had just built our current house and her 750iL was parked in one of the double bays of the new garage. She started to back out, hit the (closed) garage door, panicked, put it in drive and then pealed out as she smashed into the front of the garage and another door.
Remember, it's just a car and it's only a garage door. We're relieved your wife wasn't hurt. Good job not overreacting.
This happened to me with my ex. We had just bought the SAAB 9-5 Aero, and like the third day she drove it, she backed it into the rear qtr panel of my Jeep GC (just a black plastic panel)...It was just barely noticible behind the fuel fill on the rear right quarter, so we let it go for a while and thought that maybe the detailers would be able to rub it out. The next week, she wasn't so lucky, and backed the SAME corner (glad it was the same corner) into the fence post in the front yard, which wasn't so forgiving...twenty four hundred bux later, it looked like new...
I was pretty easy on her, she felt bad enough, and for that, I was greatly rewarded
Go easy on the significant others when something happens...It's only cosmetic, and everyone is still safe.
Well Naka, sad to hear that!
But dont be to hard on your wife , or else she wont drive the beast anymore She will always remember that....
First time my mom drove my dads beast , he was so hard on her (like: be carefull with this ....and that.... go slower.... shift now... ) that she never wanted to drive it again!
Well he did that to me too but I was to distracted with the sound of the I-6 engine to hear hem
About garages , my mom drives a Z3 and the front of the car is so big that once I was parking the car close to the garage , so close that I actualy hited it ! Nothing happend to the car as it hitted the licence plate and the garage just had a small scratch
Well , we all do mistakes! And dont drive the beast when your in a hurry unless you know what your doing!
Originally posted by Artur Costa First time my mom drove my dads beast , he was so hard on her (like: be carefull with this ....and that.... go slower.... shift now... ) that she never wanted to drive it again!
I did the same thing with my mother when I agreed to let her drive my car for errands. After the test-drive and instructing her on what to do and what not to do, we decided it would be better if I were to take her anywhere she needed to go. That way, both of us could have peace of mind.
Naka, you better encourage your lady to drive the S2000 and not the beast. Unless you love the S2000 just as much as the M5 and in that case, you are in a catch-22 situation.