My beloved (Watson) Clarity was wrecked
Last Saturday I was on my to Costco when I saw a wreck unfolding in front of me. A lady completely blew a stop sign from a street on my left and a Jeep Cherokee coming toward me swerved to miss her. He couldn't completely do it and the right side of his car sheered her front bumper off. I'm getting ready to stop as a witness but..... His collision with her and his attempt to get back into his lane on a wet street spun him around and he hit me on my side with his rear end probably somewhere between 20-30 mph as a glancing but solid blow. See the photo.
My Clarity reacted exactly as it should have, the power to the drive train immediately disconnected (tho the dash stayed on and electronic selector shifted to park) and the car spoke to me saying it had detected a crash, would I like to call emergency services. Wow, our free On-Star type service for free used my cell phone and made the 1st call. During the collision process the driver and passenger curtain airbags deployed. My driver seat hip airbag blew from the side of the seat but when I examined it, much of it was still folded (sort of) in the seat bolster. It may have come out and returned, I couldn't tell for sure but I have zero injury's save for a very light right shoulder rash caused when the seat belt tightened up (as it should have). I happily accept that. No other bags in the dash or right side deployed so if there is no frame, suspension, electrical, or other damage It will come to approx. $10,000 to replace two doors, rear quarter, bumper cover, airbags and drivers chair.
If it gets repaired with just that, I may keep it. I'm hoping for a total but USAA will need it to go to probably around $12 to $13,000 for that to happen. The dealer has a 2018 white Touring with black leather but I want to keep with the tan leather if I stay in a Clarity. I went across the street to the Toyota store and test drove the (1st ones just coming in) RAV4 hybrid. It's a really interesting all wheel drive (standard on the hybrid version) with the rear wheels getting power from the electric motors. Under the hood it's electrical component looks much like ours sitting next to the engine and above the tranny. A loaded one is about the same price as our Touring Clarity models and it's rated mileage is 39 city, 40avg, and 41hwy. Quite a car for the money so something to think about. If Honda's CRV offered a Hybrid version it would be a no brainer but …..
I just wanted everyone to know how well the Clarity managed the wreck with all the systems designed to protect the passengers working perfectly. Just musing here, I wonder if I got another 'new' Clarity if I'd qualify for another $7500 tax credit LOL? If so, that could affect my decision. But the RAV4 for basically the same money is also a lot to consider. Most of the models also come with the 360 degree outside camera visibility. And most of the packages include the rearview mirror that is also able to show a camera image from up high if you have large things in the back area blocking your vision. Feel free to opine your opinions on choice of car if that becomes an option.
I just heard from the body shop, the lead Honda tech from the service dept cannot get the car started to get it into the shop, they're trying to contact the engineers in CA to get past that hurdle. My app shows the traction batteries at 90% + a half tank of fuel but the 12v is not doing anything tho it shows a full charge when they checked it. Grrr
In the one view showing all three cars, you can see the Jeep Cherokee off in the background backed against the curb across the street after clipping me. After acting like a pinball and hitting two cars prior to stopping he was the only one able to drive away with just minor right side and rear bumper damage.
Windows tinted rear doors, rear quarter glass, & back window