Last night on my way to work (I work night shift in an ER) I was driving down a road that had seen snowfall but no plows. The limit was 45 but I was driving between 30 and 35. I hit a patch of ice and started to slide left of center. Without any traction, I really couldn’t do much. I attempted to steer into the slide, but there was an oncoming car, so I steered the opposite direction, which sent the car into a spin. I ended up sliding into the concrete barrier wall, and the car stopped. I would call it a front end collision, although I slid into the wall sideways. No other vehicles were involved. I was not hurt, not even a little, the seatbelt engaged, but otherwise is fine.
I was only a couple miles from home, so I put it into drive and took it slowly home. When I examined the front end, I noticed two cracks and a piece of the plastic holding my plate on missing. One side looks sunk in a little. I’ll attach photos once I can get onto a physical computer as the mobile version doesn’t seem to support doing so. (ETA: figured it out!)
My husband is out of state for a funeral and won’t be back until Sunday. So I took it for a test drive today and it won’t shift into D2 or D1 (it’s an automatic transmission, with the shifter in the middle between the two seats, reading P, R, N, D, 2, 1). I can get it into D and it drives fine, no funny noises or smells, but cannot get it into 1 or 2. The bumper cover also looks like it is pushing against the tires, but I can’t hear anything over the sound of the engine and snow.
My brother, who is great at fixing cars, also lives across the country. He said to take it in and have it looked at, that it will likely cost less than our $1000 deductible. I have an inherent fear of repair shops. They always try to sell me more than what I came in for, and let’s be honest, I know nothing about cars. I hate being taken advantage of, so I’m hoping for some ideas as to what it could be BEFORE I go in and find my wallet a thousand dollars lighter because x, y, and z ought to be replaced.
Thanks in advance.
2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback