Well we'll find out tomorrow what the final verdict in on the Xantia as the assessor is coming to have a look.
I had a look at the car and the damage is no where near as bad as Cheryl made it out to be on the phone! Although her and her gran are still suffering. Apparently it feels like having done a 12 hour workout in the gym. It's the lower back muscles that are tight and sore apparently. It seems to be an excuse for me always getting told to put the kettle on though!
There's a hole in the back bumper where the plate behind the tow ball hit it but other then that to look at there's no visible damage from a distance. Once up close you can see that the boot no longer quite lines up with the rear wings, it's been pulled down so that the wings stand proud of it.
The boot is also rubbing on the rear bumper when it's opened and closed. I've got a horrible feeling that when the assessor looks at it he'll write the car off but a big part of me feels sad as it's not "that" bad. I tried to have a look under the boot carpet but when I saw it wasn't as easy as just lifting the carpet I gave up.
Cheryl had decided that she wanted a new car before the Xantia was hit so this has given her the push to get something. I wanted her to get a V6 C5 but she wasn't for having it, she wanted a Diesel.
Eventually we settled on a lovely little 207 HDi GT. It's a September 2006 in silver with full leather, air con, auto lights and wipers, panoramic roof and iPod input. The only thing it doesn't have is cruise control which you can add for less then £30 and 10 minutes on Peugeot Planet. I test drove it this morning and was really impressed with it. It's the 110bhp 16v Diesel engine that's in it. It's so quiet in comparison to the 8v unit in the Xantia.
The ride is harder then the Xantia with it's low profile tyres and sports suspension but it's not as hard as the R32 that I had. All in all I was really impressed with the car when we took it for a drive! The average economy on the trip computer over the last 1500 odd miles was 63mpg too!
Anyway, we're picking it up on Thursday. Till then, here's a few pictures of it: