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Old 08-28-2008, 02:28 PM
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Sorry for your loss, that coup is worth way more to all of us here than the insurance company books say. If you dont drive that much you can get a classic car insurance policy for these vehicles with a stated value, that way they will have to fix it or give you a fair replacement value. Dont back down and insist they fix the vehicle or find you a replacement. Also go for the limit on any personal injury claim you may be due, MY back and head are hurting just looking at that rear end. Good luck.
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:43 PM
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My dad got hit like that, though not as bad, he paid $550 and they pulled it back out, looks almost like it never happened. Should see what the body shop can do. So sad to see a coupe meet that fate.

Lots and lots of good parts on that car though if you decide it has to be totaled/parted out.

What kind of vehicle hit you? How badly damaged was it? I hope the driver got their cell phone jammed into their head.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:58 PM
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http://jgsmercedes.com/For_Sale.html make a copy of the cars for sale on this web site to give to your adjuster,or just go to his office and bring it up on his pc! You may also want to contact these people and see if they will give you info on cars recently sold,should open his eyes a bit. Don
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:18 PM
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That's awful. My 300cd has already been hit once by a USPS van, run off the highway, I figure it's a matter of time until it gets totaled. Kind of makes me want to sell it and buy a beater but I don't want to do that.
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:25 PM
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Ouch! Bet that costs $4k to get fixed "properly." As you know once they are banged up like that, they are never the same again.
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:34 PM
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What happened to idiot who hit you? Was she in an SUV?
You guys would never believe what hit us, it was a Honda Accord or Civic not sure. The only damage the honda had , that was noticible, was a dent on the hood. The airbags didn't even deploy, I think the driver "kissed" the steering wheel.
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Did you and your wife go to the hospital and get chacked out?
Yes, we both took a ride in the ambulance and got checked out. Our backs and neck were and are still sore. Dr told us that it would get a bit worse for a few days.

oldiesel,
Thanks for the web site. I already started to contact Classic Car Appraisers in the area so I can be ready for my battle with the insurance company. I hope to have it appraised by the end of next week.

I had just mentioned to my wife last week that I wanted to get the classic plates on the car and have it appraised and update the insurance just in case something like this happens.

A few weeks ago I installed new rotors, brake pads, sensors, brake lines and front bearings. Last week I changed the oil and fuel filters, I was also going to do the PS filter but never got around to it.

We want to thank you all for your kind words and advise!!!
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:59 PM
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Tell her insurance company you want the car fixed - it's a classic and not replaceable/repairable for what they want to give - tell them to shove the Blue Book and for them , go on eBay and find you another one just like what you have with the same incredibally low mileage. If they insist that it's totalled, then tell them you need to go to the doctor because you (and all your passengers) have terrible back and neck pains and how do they plan to pay for that? Should you have the doctor bill them directly? When they ask if you have medical insurance with your employer, tell them that's irrelevant, their insured is responsible for your medical bills, not your employer - it wasn't your employer, jabbering away on a cell phone, that ran into the back of your car so hard that they want to total it and injured you to a currently unkown extent.
When there's medical involved, they get friendly in a hurry.
I went through the same thing with Elvira about 5 or 6 years ago, a guy made an illegal left turn in front of me, I was moving about 25mph and t-boned him - it took an entire front end, radiator, fan, hoses, lines, etc to fix Elvira - they of course wanted to total her, but she's back on the road good as new.
Maybe insurance rules vary by state but it this were mine, it would be repaired by the other's insurance.
I'd fight for a complete repair based on low mileage and classic coupe body style. If they don't want to settle this way, insist on 3rd party arbitration.
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:13 AM
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Oh no, how dreadful... it was a really nice car too, but the bright side is no one was seriously injured/killed. Looks like the crush zones certainly did their job!

I bet it was an Accord that hit you since it did that much damage. The newer Accords are tanks believe it or not (from about 2003-up). I think a Civic would have been totaled, but I may be wrong, because those are really well-built cars now as well, but I think with the way a Civic sets (low) that it would have done lower damage.

Here is a 2008 Accord (ironically at a Mercedes dealer in Atlanta) - did it look like this style?



I was rear-ended about two months ago at a traffic signal. @ the time, I was driving my grandmothers old 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville (with HUGE metal bumpers). All of a sudden, a lady in a new Nissan Quest smashed right into the back of me! She was going at least 20-25 mph! It certainly jarred me. She got out and asked if I was OK and I said yes and she said there was no damage to my car. I took her word and I was OK and went on (which was foolish I know). I went onto work and did not see any damage to my car, but when I pulled out, I noticed her bumper was smashed and a parking light! I did feel a little strange that day though... my back and legs felt funny, so I think I should have got checked out. I was like that for about a week, but then it went away, but I have a bad back/legs anyway because of a crash in 1994 and I guess that aggravated it. Thats a bad spot, despite being a 25mph residential area, because two days ago, a oncoming car went off of the road and hit one of those large city garbage cans in someones front lawn! It tossed it about 30 ft and it went on the front porch! Thankfully it was not a person, or someone was standing in front of that house. That red Subaru kept roaring on. I know it had to have done some damage. I guess they were dialing a phone. Moron? Careless? Who knows?

Hope all works out with the repairs/replacement car and that you both make a full recovery!

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You guys would never believe what hit us, it was a Honda Accord or Civic not sure. The only damage the honda had , that was noticible, was a dent on the hood. The airbags didn't even deploy, I think the driver "kissed" the steering wheel.
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:40 AM
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Makes me want to install sharp 3 foot long steel shock absorbing barbed rods on the back of my car to completely destroy whatever hits me, and do even more damage when they pull it away.

I'm guessing the law enforcement wouldn't want that on my car though.
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:03 AM
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Makes me want to install sharp 3 foot long steel shock absorbing barbed rods on the back of my car to completely destroy whatever hits me, and do even more damage when they pull it away.

I'm guessing the law enforcement wouldn't want that on my car though.

Err, Not quite--

But a good old fashioned Tow-Bar makes good defence against low speed impacts....

Recently had one of those nasty plastic Suzuki 4x4 run into my BMW....

There was nothing much left of the 4x4 but the BMW only suffered a minor scratch to the rear end!
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:23 AM
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Do you guys think that the frame is bent?
The body is the frame.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:11 AM
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Sorry bout the accident, I know it can be a real PITA.
But I'm glad your both OK.
My GF's son works in the ER. He told me a story yesterday about a woman who's fiance bought her a new BMW. She got hit in the rear and turned her head around to look back and got hit again. She is now a paraplegic.

You have a lot to be grateful for!

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Old 08-29-2008, 09:17 AM
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Read the other insurance threads too, but remember this.

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Do you guys think that the frame is bent?

The tow truck driver said that the car would not shut off so he had to use the "STOP" lever. I saw a puddle of something this morning under the car not sure what it was but I'm going back to the shop tomorrow and will find out what is could be. The tow truck driver commentented on how nice the car was and what shame this happened.

I told my wife that "Aunt Irene" protected us and like MOBETTA said she did what she was designed to do in this case.

I still can't believe this, she only had 112k miles.


The reason you will get whatever you want for the car (it IS totalled, by the way, I can tell by looking at it) is because there is (1) absolute liability on the part of the adverse party and (2) there has been injuries by you and your wife,


and the insuance company, either hers or yours (if they have to pay because of the uninsured motorists clause of you policy and you in effect sue them) will gladly pay anything they have to, to settle on the car, so long as they have a chance to settle REAL cheap on the neck back and shoulders. That is where the REAL big expenses come for them.


They would love to pay you too much for the car if it will make you both go away with way too little for your injuries


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NADA listing http://classiccars.com/priceguide.aspx but what the he!! do they know? The *note says European model. Everything I ever read said the diesel coupe was strictly a US model?
Edit: the link doesn't copy the vehicle you look up so here's the info
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Original MSRP: $35,220
Low Retail $5,400
Average Retail Value $8,400
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:24 PM
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86560SEL, you are right once again....

It was a newer model accord then, the honda also got re-ended by a Chevy S10pickup in this accident.

Again damage to the Honda did not appear to be much.
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