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Lexus IS Owner Blog: My First Accident

Lexus IS Damage Accident

It happened in a flash, unexpected. I was driving alone my IS 300 on the highway in Toronto, stop-and-go traffic, plenty of space all around me, when a dusty old Buick slammed into me from behind.

First the shock, followed by a surprising quietness and a head full of racing thoughts. I angled towards the shoulder, eyes locked on the other driver, making sure to write the license plate number on my windshield with my finger.


Thanks to my Lexus dashcam, I have footage of the accident:


At first glance, the damage doesn’t look serious. I had been coasting with the flow of traffic, and that movement reduced the impact to a visible imprint on my back bumper.

I call the police, but was informed that no officer will be dispatched to an accident with no injury. Thankfully, this isn’t the case — we are both fine. Instead, we have to drive to a Collision Reporting Center to make a statement and have the damage photographed and assessed.

There’s little drama as we exchange information. I do my best to photograph the cars, and before I know it, it’s back out onto the highway with a CRC programmed into my GPS.


In my twenty years of driving, I have never been in an accident. I didn’t know about the rush of emotion that occurs a half-hour later, didn’t know about looped “what-if” scenarios that would play out in my head, or the post-traumatic stress every time a car pulls up behind me. The experience has been entirely new and wholly unpleasant.

Even so, I’m thankful it was minor in every regard, and that my biggest worry was the paint shop matching Atomic Silver just right. That is, until I went to the dealership…

This IS 300 AWD was made possible by the folks at OpenRoad Lexus Richmond, the premier Lexus dealership in British Columbia and a proud sponsor of Lexus Enthusiast.

RAL

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Congratulations Kevin! I think you made a great choice ... because more than I ever thought I would ... I absolutely love my IS 300 AWD too! It is a perfect balance of luxury and sport. Even my friends who normally don't notice cars are "wowed" by it!
 

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Congrats, Kevin! Having just looked it up on the configurator, I'm on your side regarding the classic luxury look of the Flaxen interior, but you can't fight the wife *and* the dealership :D
 

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Congrats !
Any Lexus is in Atomic silver/black looks always good ! It's the 'house color'.
I wonder how you will experience this IS compared to the CT, I'll follow your blog :no_mouth:
 
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Nice car. But in the F-Sports defense, the IS f-sport is nothing like the CT f-sports slightly go-cartlike feel. It is definitely a lot more sophisticated in terms of the firmness of the ride IMO.
 
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Nice car. But in the F-Sports defense, the IS f-sport is nothing like the CT f-sports slightly go-cartlike feel. It is definitely a lot more sophisticated in terms of the firmness of the ride IMO.
Definitely agree that the IS F SPORT is miles ahead of the CT F SPORT in refinement, but I wanted as compliant a ride as possible.

The other thing I left out of my decision to get the standard IS -- I actually prefer the design over the F SPORT. :sweat:
 

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Congratulations. :) I concur wth the positive comments on the Atomic Silver.


Also agree with your comment on as compliant a ride as possible, by IS standards. Few things in the automotive world, IMO, are as annoying as getting pounded over bumps.....which is becoming chronic with today's obsession with big wheels and rubber-band tires.
 
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Amazing!

I have the same, but IS300H MY2017 in Sonic Titanium (European name for Atomic Silver) with all package.
Before I had the both an IS250 and after the first series of IS300H

Just a question: how do you feel going back to petrol engine from an hybrid?

What’s your opinion about the worldwide movement towards electric, hybrids, and the idea of Lexus to move to all full electric and hybrids by the 2020/2025?
 

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Congratulations Kevin. Atomic silver is the best color. It brings out line/angle design compare to other colors.
 
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I really love Lexus but I won't buy another one until they update the infotainment system... It's really inconvenient and more of a distraction than it's worth. I keep an Android tablet in my IS for that reason.
 
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