At-Fault Driver Wants to Pay out of Pocket

Was at the gym today and while I was inside, another person hit my car while it was parked. They left their car parked next to mine while they worked out so I was able to get plates and contacted police. Police report was filed, but the at-fault driver wanted to pay out of pocket instead of going through insurance (I’m assuming to avoid an insurance premium increase since there was only some minor damage).

Is this an okay/smart thing for me to do? I have all of his info and insurance info in the police report so I wouldn’t think there would be any risk, but I’ve never dealt with this before. If I get the work done and he refuses to pay can I just call up his insurance and have them pay? He seemed like a nice enough guy and no ill-will on my end so I’d like to do whatever I can to help him out as long as my car get fixed and no risk for me.

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Something I noticed at the auto show about Japanese sports cars; the boy racer image

I dragged my girlfriend to the auto show, you know, the place that everybody goes to sit in cars that they can likely never afford. But it’s all in great fun to be able to see under the hood, the trunk space, etc. of vehicles.

One car that really caught my eye was the Nissan 370Z Nismo. Normally I don’t like white cars, but with red accents this thing was gorgeous in person. I waited my turn to sit in it. Two seater, which isn’t that big of a deal because my cars back seats never get used anyways (I think three times since December 2015).
I thought this car was absolutely stunning in person – it looks like it was just designed, despite being out since 2009.
But I realized something as I was queuing in line to sit in it – I was the only one above the age of 18 (hell I’m over 30) who was checking it out. And when I got inside, I saw that it had a lot of red suede/alcantara in the seats that seemed to me, to mimic a video game setup. And that’s when I saw the pricetag – (Canadian funds but) just north of fifty thousand dollars.
Don’t get me wrong, the car was beautiful, sound amazing, and they’re rare. I have seen maybe one 370Z Nismo out in the wild that I’ve noticed, compared to every third or fourth car being a Mustang.
But I wonder if Nissan is able to sell these things since they tend to attract a demographic who can’t afford them. And this is no toy either, it’s a seriously capable, seriously fast car.

I moved on to the Civic Type R. Oh cool, it’s not locked, you can actually sit in it! A lineup of teenagers with backpacks taking selfies in it. I squeezed myself into one of the front racing seats, felt way too old to be in it, and got back out. My girlfriend frowned at the ridiculous body kit.

This happened again with the WRX and WRX STI. Lots of younger “gamer” type of guys. None of whom looked like they could afford the price tag. Same video-game appearance to the interior and the guys I saw sitting in it were playing with the shifter like they had no idea how to use it and were mostly interested in toggling the switches and turning the knobs and getting selfies.

I sauntered over to the 2018 Mustang GT. Save for a group of guys taking photos gangster-leaning in the car and driving, it attracted a more mature-looking crowd. Mustangs have a stereotype of attracting women, dudebros, people who crash them, wannabe tough guys, etc. But a lot of people in that stereotype can afford ’em.

I went over to check out the new Camaro ZL1. Gorgeous car! And again, guys in their 30’s and 40’s, talking about the performance specs, looking under the hood, talking about what car they currently have.

Ditto with the Challenger SRT on display.

So why does this even matter?

Well, it seems that the price tag on the Japanese sports cars was much higher than those who wanted them could afford. (Then again, maybe I am just stereotyping these guys and they all have very wealthy parents who will buy them these cars.) It seems a lot of them are built for the teenager on YouTube who comments, “make it with X and Y and I’ll line up tomorrow to buy it.” But the people who are old enough to actually drop money on a sports car are turned off by its garish “boy racer” looks.

But when you went to the Accords, the Tacoma, 4Runner, other Japanese cars, you had a more mature audience of buyer.

Maybe it means nothing – seems Honda sells every Type R out there. But it’s an interesting observation about who lusts after them at the auto show versus who can likely afford ’em.

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If you build a car with all the features, but no center screen, how would you do it?

Features like navigation and reversing camera basically require a screen, and with it, comes the mentality “lets add a bunch of other crap too” and you end up with an OS that looks like a Chinese clone of Windows Vista with the fluidity of a $99 Android tablet from 2011. I think there are people who value minimalism and simplicity in interior user experience.

Here’s my solution:

  • Navigation – The automaker makes an app on your phone that lets it communicate with an HUD in the car. You enter the address on your phone, start the navigation, and then you can put your phone back in your pocket.
  • Reversing camera – Use one of those rear-view mirrors that can switch between a screen and a traditional mirror

Am I missing anything? Do you have better solutions?

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2016 camaro 2ss won’t start.

None of the electronics, couldn’t unlock the door, had to manually do it.

Vancouver, BC. Lowest temps reached around 0 degrees celcius the last few weeks so nothing crazy. Hasn’t been driven in around 2 weeks but didn’t think that’d be a problem for a new car.

Chevy wants us to arrange a tow to bring it there. are we expected/supposed to pay for that or is chevy?

I charged it for 15 minutes with a car battery charger (on charging setting, then switched to “start” setting), when I turned it to start setting, car started honking and wipers started swiping slowly, really slowly, then stopped. When I clicked unlock on key fob it stopped honking, but wipers still going

Then tried to start car and everything flashed instantly and then dead.

Then tried charging it again (charging setting) for half an hour, tried starting, didn’t start.

Don’t have a voltage reader or anything. Advice?

edit: https://i.imgur.com/E7CMkAz.jpg – is that the right placement for the cables?

I seriously hope this is enough text for the bot to let through. Kind of an urgent situation.

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Need help pricing my 2003 Honda Pilot 210k miles to sell

As the title states, I’m not sure how much to sell my vehicle for. I’ve looked on KBB and it says 1800-3600. Although, I feel like $500 would be fair since the undercarriage is zip tied up, as well as the front drivers window (window fell off track). The srs light is on. But everything else works fine and the interior is in perfect condition. It has a clean title, me being the second owner. Is $500 a good price?

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Added a new member to the family fleet today!

Today we picked up a 2017 BMW 340i xDrive M Performance Edition and I’m so excited about it I thought I’d share it here. Getting a badass BMW sedan has been a childhood dream of mine, as lame as that may sound. At least now I can drive my mom’s around when I come to visit.

The family fleet (Mine is the Hyundai)

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