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Just got rear-ended
Posted 27 August 2004 - 11:52 AM
Guy behind me falls asleep at the wheel....
I was at a full stop and he hit me at 25mph "I just fell asleep" he says!
Now I have a giant Jeep SUV bumper print across the back of my car. Smashed rear hatch door, smashed bumper, door jamb bent, smashed tail lights, and the driver seat back won't adjust (just flops around).
The guy wanted some sympathy because his car was brand new and cost him $48K. Then starts to imply that my car must have had previous damage, he could not have done all that. What a jerk.
It took three months to find this configuration in good shape and a good price (83 or 84 GL wagon, D/R 4WD).
Stiff back, but his insurance has already accepted full liability and provided a rental. I was surprised how much zip those 2005 Ford Focus' have. My wife likes the rental better, but it won't survive the jeep trails, so it is no good to me.
Archery elk season starts in three weeks, and I don't have time to settle this and find another car, so I hope they decide to repair it.
Posted 27 August 2004 - 11:59 AM
Take it easy on the back!
Posted 27 August 2004 - 12:21 PM
Posted 27 August 2004 - 01:10 PM
Posted 27 August 2004 - 01:22 PM
gosh, that almost happened to me this morning as well. I swear, all SUVs should be taken off the road. they are unsafe and from what i see the cause of most accidents not involving alcohol. almost every crash i see here involves a stupid soccermomtank. SUV - Subaru-unearthing vehicles is more like it.
What??..... A collision occured because some guy falls asleep at the wheel and you start talking about SUVs being at fault......
Posted 27 August 2004 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 27 August 2004 - 03:18 PM
Posted 27 August 2004 - 03:36 PM
Posted 28 August 2004 - 06:59 AM
Always check an accident damaged car with a freakin microscope.
And of course if it is too far gone to save, (and I hope thats not the case), make sure her bones and organs go to worthy recipients.
Posted 30 August 2004 - 11:44 AM
I spent three months looking for this configuration (torsion rear end, 4WD D/R, wagon, EA81) and don't have time to search again unless they line my pockets with enough money to buy the first one I find at a dealership.
If somebody wants a trail rig and does not mind a non-functional rear door, all they will have to do is fix the left turn lights. The engine is good (two recent trips from Tacoma to Spokane and back, 30.6 mpg) and the radiator and water pump are brand new. I put in a blue dash & all the blue plastic, and blue door panels. If it is totaled, and I can line up a buyer, I may buy it back and sell it locally to a board member. It would be a shame to strip a functional car.
Posted 30 August 2004 - 01:49 PM
Posted 30 August 2004 - 10:20 PM
are you sure that you don't want to keep it it for parts?
Posted 31 August 2004 - 10:45 AM
Fortunately I have not had time to install the 6 lug hubs and Buckshot Mudders, so they are available for whatever I end up with. Private party sales for EA82 D/R wagons are about $1000. I know you can get them cheaper, but then the adjuster will have to kick in the extra money for my time and keep paying for the rental while I look. Cheaper for them to write a check for the high-end private party value so I can just go buy one.
If you go with the program, you get screwed. That is why the program is there. The important thing is to do your homework so that you know your rights and the real local value of your vehicle. If it does not have a dual range tranny, it is not a candidate for determining value. Supply is low and demand is high for that configuration.
I spent $200 upgrading the cooling system of the 83, and have to assume that whatever I buy will need the same. They can "refuse" to cooperate and say that they are not "allowed" to offer more, but the law determines their liability, not internal company policies.
Posted 31 August 2004 - 11:00 AM
Good luck. Keith
Posted 03 September 2004 - 04:19 PM
If anyone within driving distance wants the car, make an offer, FAST. Otherwise I will mail the title to the insurance company.
I'll start a for-sale thread.
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