They stopped counting at £28k's worth of damage, and officially wrote it off on Wednesday. The crumple zone did its work though, and both myself and the other driver walked away to tell the tale, scratch free.
Heads up on a couple of things:
1. Jeep Grand Cherokee's are f*****g expensive to repair, so bear this in mind if thinking of buying one. £750 for the grill (more than the bonnet), £1600 for a headlamp, £3,000 for Adaptive Cruise Control (which I never even switched on) - all exc. fitting costs at £48 per hour!!!
2. If ever offered GAP Insurance, don't waste time breathing in to say "yes". The £400 I spent on GAP 10 months and 7,000 miles ago will net me £8000 that would've been otherwise lost. If you don't know how it works, it's really simple; You are insuring the difference between what the main insurance company values the car at, and what you paid for it - less excess, and the cost of the GAP insurance - in this case, an £8,000 gap. Worth it? I should coco as it's valid for 3 years, so if this had happened in another 2 years time, the gap could've been £20,000 knowing Jeep depreciation!!!
3. Insure your No Claims Bonus if you can. It might add 10% or so to your premium, but again, if you have a big clunk, you'll start the following year where you left off without a bl**dy great hike in premium.
4. Look left, look right, look left and right once more for luck as I didn't. At 07:30 there was a black Corsa hidden in front of a larger black vehicle, the latter of which was indicating left to come down the road that I was pulling right out of onto the main road. I hadn't even registered that there were 2 vehicles so pulled out... Screech, thump, tinkle and the deed was done.
5. Watch what you are drinking if you know that you have to get into the car the next morning. Even though I'd not had a drop the evening before, it was still a surprise to be breathalysed at the scene. Not rocket science why it's SOP at any accident, but just makes you think what could've happened if I'd only stopped drinking at 02:00 hours.
This isn't intended as a teaching you all to suck eggs exercise, so please don't have a pop. Just be careful out there as the weather's changed and the mornings are dark. I wasn't, but got away with it - this time.
Now waiting for the payout and then going car shopping - not for a Jeep