About 3:30 in the morning my father was involved in a hit-and-run accident. He was on the way home from work (works the late-shift) on I-55 southbound, just before Weber Road. He had the cruise set at 55mph in the center lane of the 3 lane interstate. right lane is exit-only to Weber road, and drops down to 2 lanes after that. Out of no-where he was rammed by a blue SUV that spun him sideways, and then head-on into the barrier wall. Somehow the SUV kept going. When my dad came-to, there was a Comcast guy and a nurse trying to help get him unstuck from the car, as it was pouring gas out all over the road.
He walked away - to the ambulance - without any major injuries. He has a chunk taken out of his scalp, from hitting the rearview mirror. His knees/shins/feet are sore/bruised. The paramedics had no idea how he wasn't hurt worse. He was driving a 1991/92 Oldsmobile Cutlas, pre-airbags. State Police sent cars up and down the next two exits in all directions trying to find a blue SUV with front end damage. No luck.
My mom called the towing company/wreck yard and they said they can't get to the car until Monday to receive his stuff. He has all his tools in the trunk. But, the tow-driver said he seriously doubts the turnk will be opening to get anything out of it. He works as a maintenance person on the conveyor systems at a quary. So, he unloads his stuff from his car into one of those super-offroad Gator things, and trucks around in the mud.
My dad was pretty shaken up, but otherwise ok. He's more pissed that the dude ran (understandably) and that he had brand new tires put on the car 2 weeks ago.
So, moving from the past to the future - he needs a new car. He was debating getting a new one for a while, but was riding the Olds into the ground. Since he hasn't had much time to reasearch yet, obviously, his first 2 candidates are the Ford Focus and Dodge Caliber. He's also mentioned the Tucson. Being a union guy though, I'm not sure he'll go outside of the UAW cars. Not that he cares that much, but it's easier than fighing with the union-super-lovers he works with. Something like the utility/wagon type thing. Cheap will probably be the operative word here. Having room in the back for his tools, and the ability to take his dog (a huge Newfoundland) for a ride easily is also a requirement. As always, the better the mpg, the better.