I was heading home after looking at a beater RX-7 for the winter ($250...hehehe). I made a quick stop because the guy in front of me did, and was promptly rear ended. The woman behind me smashed her '98 Toyota Corolla into my rear at about 35-40KM/H. The impact crushed the rear bumper, destroyed the left muffler, crumpled the quarter panels, sent the gas tank 2 inches forward, displaced the spare tire, smashed the taillights and shiftedn the entire rear of the car down about half an inch. Even the ashtray flew out of it's holder and hit the windshield. A fuel line split and sprayed gas all over the hot exhaust system and the road. Thankfully, nothing caught fire but the fire department had to close the street for half an hour to clean up.
I was wearing my seatbelt, but still sustained neck and back injuries. I went to the hospital, and the doctor said I should be fine but to check back in a week to be sure. The woman was wearing her seatbelt, and lucky for her, her child was properly strapped into a child seat in the rear, as both airbags deployed.
At first I thought the car was totalled, and was gathering all my reciepts to present to the insurance guy, but he said that they will fix it! Yes! I didn't want a bunch of cash and a new car, I want my RX-7. It is my first car, and I have planned to keep it all my life.
So now I have a rental for a month or so. It's a 2001 Kia Rio. Very ugly, very small, very slow, very quiet, but good on gas. And it's probably the only car Discount Car Rentals has in their fleet with an MP3 player....
Here's what she did to my car: