NRMA is the company in Australia which insures both of our cars.
A couple of weeks after my car was rear-ended by the DeRanged Rover, I brought it to the "smash center", that's Australian for "body shop". When I told them what happened to the car, and how I was too scared of the large muzzled beast in the back of the offending vehicle to ask a lot of questions, they said no problem. They advised me to step into their office and ring NRMA to file the claim; it will only take a couple of minutes.
So I called them. They asked me a handful of questions, and within 90 seconds of hanging up the phone they had faxed the smash repair shop authorization to fix my car.
Incredibly, that was it. As in, that's the whole story. It was shocking. Why can't everything be that easy? Is it just me, or is it a much more involved process to make an insurance claim in the U.S.?
As I write this I'm watching the last U.S. Presidential debate. Obama keeps empathetically looking at John McCain as if he's watching an elderly relative go in and out of dementia.
If McCain wins this election I think we'll be staying in Australia at least four more years.