When I was in college, I shared a car with my little sister. She was driving through an intersection when a car decided to turn left...right into our car. Luckily, neither of them was driving particularly fast, but it still caused quite a bit of damage to the cars.
At the time, I was student teaching at a middle school 25 minutes from my apartment, and I couldn't be without a car--for even a day. Since the other driver was at fault, obviously, we were given a rental car, but I wanted to point out that we were in that rental car for about a MONTH.
I don't know what the problem was with fixing our car. They kept giving us excuses about having to special order parts. I won't be recommending that repair shop to anyone. Can you imagine what would have happened if we had been at fault and without a car for a whopping month? The cheapest rental car rates start at $10.95/day. That would have been over $300, and I don't even know if I could have gotten anything nearly that cheap. Also, it's very difficult to even get a rental car if you are under 25 years old. I was a poor college student, and such an expense would have been devastating.
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Here's a picture of my sister and me...being in college together was great fun!