Re: That'll Buff Right Out...
When you subrogate (have your insurer pursue a claim on your behalf) in KS and MO, your insurer withholds your deductible until they're paid by the other driver's insurer. Not exactly sure why, but it's standard practice here. I was trying to avoid that by initiating a claim against his policy. Since the other dude still hadn't responded to his insurer's multiple attempts to contact him by phone and mail, I decided on Saturday to go through my insurer, and will be out my deductible until they get paid.
The LaCrosse is an easy riding car. The Carmax a couple of miles from my office is transferring in a '13 off-lease with 19k miles. It's a base model with cloth seats, but I sweat too much in a leather seat. The only thing from the higher trim levels that I want is a backup camera, because visibility through that rear windshield is awful. That said, I can order one on Amazon for less than a hundred bucks. The batteries for the eAssist take a couple of cubic feet of trunk space compared to the V6, but that's not a big deal.
GM's eAssist is a "soft hybrid," where the electric motor doesn't drive the wheels by itself, but instead supplements the gasoline motor, and reduces its effort. EPA ratings for the '13 model year are 25/36 for the 2.4L Ecotec w/eAssist, and 17/27 for the V6. I didn't notice much difference in power and acceleration, probably because the eAssist model has 251 ft-lb of torque, compared to 264 for the V6.
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