I usually pack the SUV with all the little things, in all the nooks and cranny's with stuff for the trip.
I never consider the possibility of having to leave the SUV because of repairs or stuff, so when it came to the occasion to have it towed to a car dealership, that would prove that my "packing" was a little overboard.
Ok, why do we need the car towed, you might ask?
Well, about 20 km from Guadalajara at the first Caseta, I stopped and just finished handing my pesos to the attendant only to hear a loud truck air horn followed, immediately by a loud crash with flying glass and contents of the dash board storage spaces all over the car.
(for those of you not familiar with the word Caseta, it is the cashiers toll both at the beginning of a toll road or AutoPista)
Our car was catapulted about 40 ft past the Caseta, luckily the attendant had just activated the arm to let the car through otherwise I probably would have to be paying for the crossing arm repair.
We got rear ended, by a tractor trailer truck whose brakes had supposedly failed.
We were all OK, the dogs were scared as they were tossed about inside intertwined with all the loose crap in the back..Packages of stuff we had purchased while at the mall in Guadalajara.
The plan was to meet some family and friends who would fly down for their extended Thanksgiving Holiday, they would fly back mid week, we would stay for a few more weeks.
This story is going to be in chapters, since there are several episodes way too long to go into in one writing.
The chapters will be:
- What happens when you get rear ended while stopped
- How the law of physics cause stuff to fly out of the car and get run over by the truck that hit you.
- What happens when the Mexican driver has no insurance
- What happens when the Mexican driver has no license
- How good is Mexican Insurance when the other guy has none.
- How insurance is different from US when the car is totalled.
- How useless the Auto Pista insurance is
- How to hop the bus, go back home and grab the pickup truck to cram the contents of an SUV, people and dogs.
- What would tourists do if their car got damaged while down in Mexico
- General discussion of the pain in the ass situation
- How courteous and accommodating the Mexican Federalies were.
Right now I am sitting on the beach thinking about how lucky we were and how lucky we are.
More to come.....