Just automobiles

Not too long ago you all talked me through a new car decision. Yesterday I bought the GMC Terrain I’d been eying all along. I’m sorry to say I’ve stolen a pie from you, my dear readers. Maybe we should have a pie contest of another kind soon?

There’s more to this story.

So, while I’m negotiation for my new vehicle, the spouse and son #1 are on a quest for the perfect small car addition to the family. They chose a 2006 Mini Cooper. On the way home from the dealership, a deer whacked into the passenger side on Calhoun Road.

You can imagine the surprise around here.

Of course we’re covered. I’d called our insurer on Friday explaining we’d be buying new cars over the weekend and was there anything we needed to do. Just call back with the VINs on Monday, I was told. We were covered in between.

Honestly, if this is the worst thing that ever happens, then we’re lucky. Sometimes an accident is simply an accident. With so many deer encounters in this state, I’d imagine this isn’t even the first time this kind of story has been told.

You are up to date on project automobiles around here. Do you have any deer stories of your own?


  1. Congrats on the purchase, but I have to say, the Terrain is really ugly to me! I would have probably went with the Forester.

    And glad to hear y’all are alright after the accident. Didn’t think there were that many deer out anymore.

  2. There are a lot of deer from what I’m hearing.

    Funny thing – everyone around here thinks it’s ugly. I just argue that means no one will try to borrow it. 🙂

  3. Ouch! What did you do with the deer? A Mini?? I hope #1 son has no plans to use it in the winter. The Lorax is right on about the Terrain.

  4. Deer ran off. Of course he does! And I guess you won’t be asking to borrow my car, either. 😉

  5. Zaphod Beeblebrox says:

    V6 or 4-cylinder? Friend of mine has the 4 cylinder, gets 29-30 mpg on his mostly-highway commute. Looks much better IRL than in photos – true of a lot of recent GM vehicles…

  6. V6. I drove the 4 cylinder but when I put my foot into it to get on the highway, it was obvious the love was not there. I’m toying with the idea of maybe towing something with it someday, so the V6 made the cut.

    The other thing when considering gas mileage is FWD v AWD. I had thought I really needed AWD, but when it came down to it, I really didn’t. I chose the FWD to give myself a couple more miles per gallon on the road. (It’s fortunate that in my old age if I’m not toting kids to school, etc., so if I don’t want to drive on a bad road day, I just won’t drive.)

  7. grandchildren staying overnite saw 5 deer, mom and 4 kids yesterday. i saw one looking in on me at breakfast. cars were stopped recently to let the deer pass the street. the deer are no problem with me. i am not a hunter but i do understand the sport of hunting, if it is a challenge and the issues of destroying crops. my only comment about your car crash is that for safety get a deer proof car cause they are all around us.

  8. There are too many deer in the state. The DNR (Do Nothing Right) was about ready to downsize the herd this past year, but the hunters protest caused that to be delayed. It’s not about road safety and crop damage – it’s about economics – hunters spend money.

    I’m not a hunter but I can lay claim to killing two – and totaling two cars.

    Both at 65 to 70 mph on I43 – both near Sheyboygan.

    Airbags blew .. that’s what totals out a car – the airbags … they’re a grand a pop… blow several and there you are … let alone the exterior stuff.

    Each accident had it’s own interesting concluding story, but I’ll spare you.

    I’ve taken the trouble to study the statistics on our deer population and preventative measures to minimize vehicle accidents with them.

    Our deer population in our state is nearly double what it was 20 years ago.

    And …. deer whistles don’t work .. there was a study done in Yellowstone National Park about deer and car accidents. If you drive at 40 mph you can almost certainly avoid a deer accident. Not very practical is it.

    I’m a big proponent of hunters these days.

    Oh yeah … here’s a clue for you hunters who were skunked this past November … they’re not in the woods. They’re along the highways.

  9. I finally had a moment to go look at the website and see what this new car looked like.

    You are guys are sorta mean. When someone goes and buys a new car .. .you don’t tell them it’s ugly. That’s not nice.

    It’d be like me telling you that you look fat in that dress – see?.. Not nice. Especially at xmas.

    I thought the vehicle looked sturdy and practical. I’m sure the decision was made with awareness of the competition and to match personal taste choices.

    Geesus …. and you thought I was rough on Jessica McBride? Holy cow …!!!

  10. Hey, you can insult my car, but I’ll take you out if you ever tell me I look fat in that dress. 🙂

    I love my new car. I even put the OnStar app on my phone so I can start it by satellite. I have all the XM radio stations preset and an extra iPod stashed and connected through the USB port. I am one happy geek. Plus, after all the rebates I only spent $28,000. More came off because I traded in the van. I still think it was a great choice.

  11. Yup my Lincoln Mkx is the same thing… Sirius Radio and a extra iPod via usb port…. 14 speaker thx sound sytem…

    Onstar is cool… I’m happy for you .. enjoy your new car .. how fun .. nothing like a new car or new computer. Life is good.