After rewiring the fuel pump after a stream of weekly breakdowns, I thought it would be fun to set my odometer to see how many miles I go before breaking down again. I was looking forward to hitting 400 miles because then I figured I could reasonably expect to take my car on a road trip and trust it, given the essentially new engine and good tranny, which is convenient because I'm supposed to go on a road trip around Ohio this weekend.
Right at 402 miles, some guy in a mid 2000s cavalier thought it would be a good idea to turn right into Taco bell from the center lane in front of me, leaving me no choice but to smash into his front passenger door. But this shit ain't over.
He then starts to pull forward, turning still toward my car, tearing up literally the entire passenger side of his car, and tries to make a run for it. Uh, **** no! I built this car specifically to outrun cavaliers. I follow him through the taco bell parking lot. He pulls out onto the street to try to make a break for it as the light turns red. I pull out behind a car behind him, and honk my horn to alert the cop that's in the next lane over. He blasts through the red light to get away from me, and the cop pulls him over for running the red light. I pull up behind the cop to tell them what happened, as a witness who saw what happened and followed us pulls up to give his statement.
I ended the affair not even getting to speak one word to this asshole, but got his plate number, insurance info, address, and his name, and the satisfaction in seeing his frown as he waited in the car for his hit and run ticket. Good. Bathe in your dissatisfaction of what a piece of shit you are. What's even more hilarious is the damage he did to his car pulling away from me was twice as bad as what I did hitting it.
Anyway looking at the info sheet, I noticed license # was blank, so that explains why he ran. I searched the name on facebook and it came up some guy in his 50s. Looking through his pictures i found a picture definitely of the guy that hit me captioned "son." Obviously some dumbass kid with no license taking his dad's car out for a joyride, ****ing my car in the process.
The damage is heart wrenching, but seems only cosmetic. The bumper rubs the wheel when you turn right but otherwise the car runs and drives like nothing happened. The drivers side door doesn't like to shut anymore though.
I called douchebag's insurance today and they fixed me up with a rental car (2012 Nissan Versa, regrettable abortion of a vehicle,) and it's getting towed to the local Chrysler dealership for estimates. I'm looking through the bluebook values and they're horrifying. I've put so much hard work and money into making this car decent and still owe $4,000 against the title. Will the rebuilt engine and turbo, and all the standard stage 3 go fast goodies matter at all, or are they gonna total it?