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Old 11-14-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Dino-Damage on Jurassic Park Jeep - advice?

So I've got this JP Jeep, right?


Earlier this summer I was contacted by a representative from TellTale Games. They informed me that they were developing a Jurassic Park adventure title for multiple platforms and were looking for a JP Jeep that they could use in a promotional booth at a Seattle gaming convention called PAX in August.

Last year they had produced a Back to the Future game and used the DeLorean that belongs to a acquaintance of mine. As I was unsure how to respond, I contacted my DeLorean owner friend and asked him what kind of deal they approached him with. He said he asked TellTale for insured, enclosed transport -both ways- for his car, airfare, hotel, con passes, and daily per diem. He also received several grand from them for the use of the car alone.

So I was all like "That sounds terrific! If you provide enclosed, insured shipping both ways, airfare, badges for the con, hotel, and per diem then you've got yourself a deal!"

They were pretty appreciative of me providing the Jeep to them for free, so they booked transport for my Jeep and we were on our way.

The morning of the pickup I walked aaaaaaall the way around my Jeep and took quite a few pictures of the condition I gave it to them in. Like these:





Then I was off to meet the enclosed transport! Except the transport showed up and was not enclosed! I could have been a dick and said, "No dice, friends" and not given them the Jeep. But unfortunately I'm not a dick.

The Jeep goes on it's way and I fly out a week later. The Jeep was delivered that morning and signed for by one TellTale's employees, a self-professed "person who doesn't know anything about cars and in fact does not even own a car!"

Here's what I saw during my walkaround.










After the walkaround, and before the convention, I talk to the guys at TellTale, among them Kevin Bruner, the company's CEO. I tell them, "Look I could be "that guy" and throw a fit, threatening to take my Jeep out of here tonight unless you cut me a check right now, but I know this is a huge ****ing weekend for you guys, that you need to promote your game and you've gone a ton of **** to worry about. So, we can but this on a back burner until the expo is over, but I'd like your word that you'll take care of this immediately afterwards." They were pretty appreciative, and even though I received no per diem or additional badges, I decided to not be a dick about things.

Then the Jeep came home, I didn't hear from TellTale. A week later I reached out to them, and it was a few more days before they got back to me, telling me that I'd have to file a claim with the auto transport company (Advance Car Carrier Corp.). I told them that I did not arrange for the transportation, and that I should not have to be the middleman. They insist that they are not responsible for the damage in any way, and that only the car owner can file a claim.

So I send all my claim information (scanned receipts and delivery invoices, before and after photos) to the car carrier, and they reply with:

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We have completed our assessment of the above loss and have determined that this is not car carrier damage. After carefully reviewing the damage pictures that you have sent to us, we found that all the damages was noted on the Bill of Lading before transporting your vehicle. Also please note that vehicle was inspected in rain and possible that not all the damages were visible. For that reason the box, where it says that vehicle going ASIS was marked.

Enclosed with this letter is a copy of the Bill of Lading signed by "Serge" on August 30, 2011 in where was noted that vehicle had pre-existing damages before transporting from WA to CO.
Now, the damage was done on the way TO Seattle, not FROM. And here's a photo of it "raining" while they loaded up my Jeep. Boy it sure is hard to see stuff with all that rain!

So TellTale hired the sketchiest-possible carrier company, and then one of TellTale's employees(who admitted she doesn't know the first thing about cars) signed the bill of lading upon delivery without inspecting the Jeep for damage, thereby releasing the car carrier from responsibility.

I'm disputing their decision, but I have the sinking feeling that I am going to be one of those cases that is just ignored until I go away. Bull**** man.

I guess my lesson is "next time get stuff in writing and be a big dick about everything."

I haven't heard from TellTale in months regarding this issue, it seems to be resolved as far as they are concerned. Now, the Jurassic Park game is set to be launched this week. I don't really know if there's anything I can do, but it seems like if there was ever a time for visibility on this problem, it's now.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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C/n this bitch, mate.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:45 AM   #3
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You need to stop trying to not be a dick. Someone else who's willing to be a dick will get their **** taken care of while you mope around getting mad.


Oh, and next time arrange the transport yourself and send them an invoice. You shouldn't trust others with transport of your goods.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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You need a blood sucking lawyer.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:46 AM   #5
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Go cross the streams right in the CEO's face.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #6
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You need a blood sucking lawyer.
I lolled.

This also came to mind.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #7
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your first mistake was letting someone use your car without anything in writing or any compensation.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:49 AM   #8
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wow. that sucks...hope you get it figured out. scumbags!!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:50 AM   #9
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:51 AM   #10
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I would want to kill someone. Read half of it.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:52 AM   #11
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that sucks. they screwed you, but you left yourself WIDE open to getting screwed, so while I sympathize, there's probably not much you can do at this point, short of hiring a lawyer.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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Oh, did you photoshop the Ingen logo onto the door or is that a real power co?
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #13
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wow. that sucks...hope you get it figured out. scumbags!!!
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That's a sweet jeep though!
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:58 AM   #14
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Any chance your insurance would take up the case?

Pay your deductible, they pay for all the repairs then their army of lawyers get to go after the trucking company?

Really sucks man. This is why we can't lend nice things.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:03 PM   #15
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why did you let them use it for free when your friend got 5gs out of it nary a year ago?
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:05 PM   #16
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yeah, in retrospect, that $5k would have gone a long way toward fixing it. and people tend to take much better care of things they have to pay for.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:08 PM   #17
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i probably would have lawyered up. I know you werent trying to get rich by letting them use your car but you certainly shouldnt lose money because of it. nice guys finish last.
and sweet jeep- i was coming into this thread expecting that you had modified it to look like it was attacked by a t rex or something
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:27 PM   #18
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Jurassic Park is a movie.

It's all make-believe.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:30 PM   #19
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Any chance your insurance would take up the case?

Pay your deductible, they pay for all the repairs then their army of lawyers get to go after the trucking company?

Really sucks man. This is why we can't lend nice things.
This.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:32 PM   #20
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Time to take them to court, get rich the Murican way
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:38 PM   #21
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LAWYER!!! Get one!
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:38 PM   #22
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Jurassic Park is a movie.

It's all make-believe.
So...we can rule out dino damage?
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:39 PM   #23
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Jurassic Park is a movie.

It's all make-believe.

bro, didnt you see all that damage the T-rex did to the jeep?

It put a ****ing hole in the seat for creeeeees sakes!
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #24
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C/n this bitch, mate.
C/N: It pays to be a dick.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:50 PM   #25
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+1

I'm pretty sure that "growing up" means that you slowly get jaded by people not doing the right thing.
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