I'm sorry I didn't hit your car...

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I showed a property, today, to a young couple.

As we left the last house, on our way home. My client called me to tell me that someone had left them the dreaded note on their windshield.  It said "Alan, I'm sorry I bumped your car" and it was signed by a Realtor who I knew.

I stopped the car, and looked around... and I could see any damage.  Since the note had been on the client's car... I thought that maybe she might have mistaken their care for mine... so I told them to check their car.   They stopped and checked, but didn't see any damage there either.

I knew the agent, so I gave her a call... she was very apologetic... she told me she was backing up, and bumped into my car and bent my license plate... and the screws from my plates, broke the paint of her car.  I stopped the car again... checked the front... no bent plate.

Called my clients... yes, their license plate was bent... but it had been bent before today.  So while it was their car she'd hit... she hadn't done any damage.  At least not to their car.

So I called and slowly, (very slowly) let her off the hook.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (12)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


I bet she was happy about that - Sweet lady to have left a note bet many wouldn't 

Apr 24, 2021 02:25 PM
Alan May

You know the urban legend: The man who hit a parked car... lots of people saw him do it.. he stepped out of his car, and wrong a lengthy note and slipped it under the windshield under the watchful eyes of the many witnesses. When the driver returned, she saw the damage and panicked... until she saw the note with relief.  The note read: "I'm so sorry that I sideswiped your car.  There are a lot of people standing around and they think I'm writing my name and contact information... but I'm not."

Apr 24, 2021 02:28 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Alan,  Being courteous and polite never goes out of style.  Nice of her to leave a note even if there wasn't much damage done.

Apr 24, 2021 04:53 PM
Alan May

I sure feels as though it may have gone out of style.

Apr 26, 2021 05:46 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That was very considerate and especially if there were a lot of people around. She left her full name

Apr 24, 2021 05:04 PM
Alan May

very considerate.

Apr 26, 2021 05:47 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alan - things happen, right?  Thankfully common courtesy still does as well.  

Apr 25, 2021 09:55 AM
Alan May

Common courtesy isn't all that common these days.

Apr 26, 2021 05:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oh my gosh, Alan- I'm laughing so hard at your reply to Hannah's comment!!!! /but yes, how professional of the agent to leave you a note. 

Apr 25, 2021 06:32 PM
Alan May

and she's a wonderful person.

Apr 26, 2021 05:47 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Very professional of her to leave a note, and very nice that you (slowly) let her off the hook!

Apr 26, 2021 05:55 AM
Alan May

I let her wriggle a little...

Apr 26, 2021 05:48 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I did that to a buyer's car last year leaving a showing.  Not my buyer.  Unfortunately, they watched the whole thing.  Worse, I think they thought I was getting ready to flee the scene while I straightened up looking for a place to park.  So embarassing.  

Apr 28, 2021 03:19 PM
Alan May

It can surely be embarrasing.

Jun 02, 2021 06:11 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ah! The conscious is alive and talking. What a great story. I love how you ended it and included the picture too!

May 02, 2021 07:32 AM
Alan May

I'm glad you liked it.

Jun 02, 2021 06:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Miss your posts, Alan May !

Jul 21, 2021 06:28 PM
Alan May

Thank you.

Jul 25, 2021 06:22 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

A classy move no doubt.  Even better there was no damage.  Karma came back to her in a heartbeat.  Mark

Aug 14, 2021 05:31 PM
Alan May

I'm not as convinced, as you are, that Karma really rewards those who deserve it.

Aug 15, 2021 05:54 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Great story Alan May.  Many years ago I had bought a large crew cab long bed pick up truck. I was not very experienced at parking it yet when I pulled into the parking lot of a business I used to own. Unfortunately I did some major damage to the car next to me.  I didn't leave a note ... I just went inside and told my employee that I hit her car!

Aug 18, 2021 04:42 PM
Alan May

that'll work, too.

Aug 18, 2021 04:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

so many people would have walked away or driven away.  Take care 

Sep 05, 2021 08:03 AM
Alan May

So many.

Oct 02, 2021 08:40 AM