Hick took a vacation day on Wednesday to check on insurance, lawyers, mechanical soundness, and body work. He had planned to switch out my mom's old car with Genius, bring his car back home, and have a guy out the road with a body shop do the work.
"Mom! Dad says he can get the guy to write the estimate for $500 over, and he'll keep the difference! I don't want to be a part of insurance fraud!"
Yeah. That's not happening. Hick said that Genius's car was fine, but that he wanted him to get all the wheels aligned, and get a mirror put on. So they made an appointment at the Ford dealership for Friday so Genius could take it. He has been working extra hours during the week so he can get out early on Fridays.
Also...the dealer told Hick that to fix the damage, it would be $3500. Hick was not having it. He told Genius, "We can clean that car up and fix it way cheaper than that. I'm not going to turn it in on our insurance. We'll do it ourselves." Genius was somewhat skeptical, but was in no position to demand $3500 worth of repairs on the car we bought him that he wrecked while under the coverage of the insurance we pay for. He and Hick went back to his house and got a bucket of water, a couple of rags, and a can of Comet. This is the result of 30 minutes of those ingredients combined with elbow grease from one aging right elbow and one youthful left elbow:
Hick took the number of the paint job, and is looking for a matching front fender on the internet. He says he can get one for a couple hundred dollars, and he and Genius will put it on. Let the record show that Hick took auto body in vocational school when he was a young 'un. He says the rear panel will need putty and paint, but they will deal with that at a more convenient time.
Hick and Genius hired a traffic lawyer to handle the court appearance. Genius will know more after the attorney gets the police report and a court date is set. Right now he has generously offered to pay for either his lawyer or his mirror/wheel alignment bill. But the main thing is
GENIUS IS OKAY!