Damaged Car Door
January 10, 2012 2:59 PM Subscribe
Got in a car accident, car is damaged on the driver side door so that I can't open it or roll down the window. I need to roll down the window to swipe a parking pass to get into a garage, so what should I do?
posted by symbollocks to travel & transportation (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The accident occurred on December 2nd as me and my wife were going through an intersection on a yellow light. A car going the opposite direction turned left into the driver side of our car. Thankfully, everybody was fine aside from a few bruises. And the car is fine except for the driver side door which is jammed and the window won't roll down.
We have liability only insurance so we are relying on their insurance to pay. Week after week we have been waiting to hear whether or not liability has been determined, but the claim is still marked as undetermined.
My wife went back to school this week and she uses a parking pass to get into the parking garages there. In order to do this she needs to be able to roll down the driver side window, but the damage to the car prevents her from doing this. Luckily they leave the gates open the first week or so. But that time is quickly coming to an end.
I tried to work on the car myself, but I'm afraid of doing more damage to the car than there already is. I just can't get it to budge. If I could get it to open then I could take the inside trim off and bang it out with a hammer so that the window rolls down, but I can't even get that far.
We went to a body shop yesterday where they told us that the car (a 2003 kia spectra) is essentially totaled and that we shouldn't bother with it, and the bill would be more than we could afford anyway.
So what do I do now? Both in the long term and the short term? Focusing more on the short term though.