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People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading*

# Neighbours, everybody needs good Neighbours #

Mr Neighbour came over again on Friday night to exchange insurance details, and it turns out he's 80 this October. He's also had 4 heart attacks and triple bypass surgery in the last 3 years. Now, I'm not a doctor, nor am I a driving instructor (or even a driver), but surely, SURELY he shouldn't have a licence that allows him to operate a piece of heavy machinery that can travel at speeds upwards of 80mph?!

Mr Neighbour also said that when he calls his insurance company he's going to just relay the facts, and not make any comment or admission of guilt. The facts speak for themselves:

  1. Fiance's car was safely parked and stationary.
  2. Fiance was not in the car.
  3. Mr Neighbour was reversing out of his drive in the immediate vicinity of Fiance's car.
  4. Fiance's car has a mashed-in door (the chassis is fine by the way).

So there can be no explanation other than that Mr Neighbour hit Fiance's car, which means his insurance company will have to pay for the repairs - £1000 worth according to the estimate. But why did he say that he wasn't going to make 'any comment or admission of guilt'? I don't know what to make of this. He seems like an honest man - he came and told the Boy he'd bashed his car in the first place after all. So why would he not say the same thing to the insurance company? Are we going to be framed by our 80 year old neighbour?!

What would Harold Bishop do?


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At 11.2.07, Blogger Calamity Jane said...

Don't worry, I'm sure the truth will out. He's from the same old school of thought as my Dad - he always used to drum into me that if I ever had an accident to never admit liability. Inyour case I believe the facts speak for themselves.

Oh and as for Harold I'm sure he'd make a colossal fuss over it all.    

At 11.2.07, Blogger Lynda said...

Yep, I am pretty sure he is just "playing by the book" - insurance companies will always tell you not to discuss incidents or admit liability but just report the facts at first. If he was going to do the dirty he'd have gone screaming off into the night without coming to you and owning up!    

At 11.2.07, Blogger Cat said...

I thought you had to re-take your driving test when you reached a certain age? At least 50% of drivers I come across most definitely should not be on on the road, regardless of their age!    

At 11.2.07, Blogger James said...

Given he has already admitted liability to you, he's a bit late.

Once you're 70 you have to reapply and have a medical, but there's no retaking of the test. But there should be!    

At 11.2.07, Blogger Sarah said...

If he's not going to admit liability, what is he going to do? Say the car jumped out and hit him?! "Gaaah! The car! It attacked me as I was innocently reversing out of my drive!"?!

I mean, probably not, but that would at least be entertaining...    

At 11.2.07, Anonymous david said...

The insurance world is crazy, but I have always had it drummed into me not to admit liability. Insurers have seen it all before, and can put two and two together pretty well.

Sorry about your car, but at least no-one was hurt.    

At 11.2.07, Blogger Drama Queen said...

Did my last comment get gobbled up?

I said something about it being 1000 quid while our TRAM damage was only 500 euros.


Anyway, my Grand dad is 72 and the sharpest tool in the box, by far, and the best driver I know. Cat's right, its not always an age issue. . .here, its just a Belgian issue!!!    

At 12.2.07, Blogger SpanishGoth said...

Completely irrelevant but.... ;-)

Who will buy this beautiful morning ?
Such a sky I never did see.
Who will tie it up with a ribbon
And put it in a box for me ?

So I can see it at my leisure
Whenever things go wrong,
I would keep it as a treasure,
To last my whole life long.

Who will buy this wonderful feeling?
I'm so high, I know I could fly.
Me, Oh my ! I don't want to lose it....
There must be someone who will buy

So I can see it at my leisure
Whenever things go wrong,
I would keep it as a treasure,
To last my whole life long.

Who will buy this wonderful feeling?
I'm so high, I know I could fly.
Me, Oh my ! I don't want to lose it....
But what am I to do,
To keep the sky so blue....
There must be someone who will buy ..........    

At 12.2.07, Blogger SpanishGoth said...

Back on track though. He said about not admitting liability because it's what the insurance company insist that you say. Doesn't matter if you accidentally park your car in someone's front room.

His insurance will pay.

As for not driving - in the UK the rule is your license expires on your 70th birthday. Thereafter, every two years you should retake your test and have a medical. Unfortunately, it's only the medical that is enforced as James said.

Bizarrely enough though, if you are banned from driving (exceeding 12 points or whatever) then you do have to re take your test.

For nutty insurance claim statements go HERE    

At 12.2.07, Blogger Teeny said...

Thanks everyone, I'm sure it'll be fine. I just thought it was odd that he went out of his way to say that a number of times when it was blatantly obvious to everyone what had happened.

And as for the aged driver thing - it's the combination of 4 heart attacks, triple bypass surgery AND his approaching birthday that worries me. Plus he looks like a stiff breeze would knock him over - he's very frail.

Anyway as David says, at least no-one was hurt. It could've been a small child instead of our car door.

PS Goth - thanks for lodging that song EVEN more firmly in my head!    

At 12.2.07, Blogger SpanishGoth said...

Always glad to help my dear - tomorrow, The Suns Gonna Shine Tomorrow *winks and then has to run to avoid flying objects*    

At 12.2.07, Blogger Teeny said...

Gaaah!! That's even worse!!

#holds head in hands#    

At 12.2.07, Blogger Going Through a Tough Time said...

oliver, oliver,
never before has a boy asked for more!...
sorry couldn't help myself.
His insurance co will pay up don't worry.x    

At 13.2.07, Blogger SpanishGoth said...

Cheer up my love, take your head out of your hands....I wouldn't do that....well, actually that's a blatant lie :-))

The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!

When I'm stuck a day
That's gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,

The sun'll come out
So ya gotta hang on
'Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You're always
A day
A way!    

At 13.2.07, Blogger Teeny said...

You're both EVIL!

I'm going to come round both your blogs and torture you with show tunes.    

At 13.2.07, Blogger SpanishGoth said...

If we keep it up long enough you'll have enough material for A Showtune Blog, might even burn you a CD with it on ;-)    

At 13.2.07, Blogger Going Through a Tough Time said...

*All together now for the showtune blog*

I'd do anything for you dear
For you mean everything
To me

I know that
I'd go anywhere for your smile
for your smile
everywhere I see

Would you climb a hill?
Wear a daffodill?
Leave me all your will?
Even fight my Bill?
What Fisticuffs?

I'd risk everything for one kiss
Yes I'd do Anything
Anything for you....

This is fun!    

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