Got up this morning, ate breakfast, declared myself thoroughly stinky, took a shower (this is a bit of a production these days, so has slipped a bit from being a daily occurrence), got dressed to go outside (yep: Adidas drawstring-waist warm-up pants, my go-outside uniform until the abscesses heal up), and took the truck over to the body shop to start repairs.
And thus began The Rental Car Adventure(?).
The person who hit me’s insurance, Allstate, prefers Enterprise to Hertz. There’s a Hertz on-site at the body shop, but of course if I wanted to use them, I’d have to pay for it myself and submit the bill to Allstate, whereas if I went with Enterprise (which has a location just up the street from the body shop), they’d direct-bill Allstate. As I’d rather not be out any cash on this deal, I was a good boy and said I’d go with Enterprise.
So the Enterprise guy picked me up at the body shop. And when I got to their location, I was to be put into a Nissan Versa, which is sort of the hair-shirt of automobiles. This despite the Allstate person assuring me I’d get a regular sized car instead of a tiny tin box. After some questions, I was told I’d get a Ford Escape instead (I’m okay with this), but it was at a different location and would I mind taking a ride? Sure, why not.
So we hopped into the Versa (it was indeed a hair-shirt and smelled of stale cigarette smoke besides) and off we went to a different location and I saw the Escape and then we went inside and I was given a Toyota RAV4.
It’s not bad, but it doesn’t have satellite radio. It’s got about 19k on the clock, and 3 Continental tires and one mystery brand tire. And the left rear seat has stains on it that looks like someone went wee in the seat, but I won’t be sitting there. I duly noted that stain and the more normal-looking stains on the driver’s seat bum in the pre-rental inspection, of course.
So they email me the rental agreement, and I noticed (too late to fix it tonight) that they think they’re getting the car back at 8am tomorrow. Um, no, given that the truck will likely be in the shop for a couple weeks… so message left and I’ll get that sorted tomorrow so they don’t report it stolen or something.
The rest of the day passed for what amounts to normal: I came home, ate a food, got a few billables in, and now I’m resting to recover from the day’s activity so I can sleep decently.
But I still wish the rental had sat radio. It’s got lane-departure warning (with steering assist if I want it), emergency braking, distance-following cruise control, automatic lights, but whoever at Enterprise that ordered it didn’t check the box for SiriusXM. Oh, well. I’ll suffer a bit… or go get the receiver out of the truck and use my spare car kit and the aux-in that the RAV4 does have. Heh.