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Old 08-16-2002, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default What happens when an 18-wheeler with no driver and no brakes T-bones your car...



Thats just a sample, the rest of the pics can be seen here .

Dont worry, I wasnt in the car when it happened, it was parked in a mall parking lot. I actually thought I was being safe because I left it there overnight because I had a few too many drinks and didnt think I should drive home. I talked to the insurance adjuster today and its obviously a total loss, so it looks like Im going car shopping tomorrow, although chances are Im getting the exact same thing. Anyone want to suggest a good dealer in the Balto-DC-Annapolis area since I didnt buy my car here?

<----- still in shock
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Old 08-16-2002, 10:44 PM   #2
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um, wow. didn't expect to see that. good thing you weren't in the car ... looks like you've got some camber issues, tho. i'm assuming (as i listen to the vultures gathering above) that you're going to transfer whatever's salvageable to the new car? hope everything works out!
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Old 08-16-2002, 10:51 PM   #3
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F*****************CK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what else can you say when you come back to get your car and this is what you find. Glad to hear no one was injured. Do you at least get to take the wheels off? I had a good experience with Richie at Stohlman in Tysons but I've also heard good things about Springfield Subaru as well. I know they are a bit out of the way but they might be worth checking out. Good Luck-James

edit: nevermind bout the wheels I just looked at the rest of the pics.
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Old 08-16-2002, 10:56 PM   #4
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Check Fitzgeraldmalls on the web. Expect to pay a couple hundred over invoice for a car you find that way.


Fitzgerald in Rockville, MD
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:08 PM   #5
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:15 PM   #6
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If i was in ur situation, this is what i would do. I would get money from the insurance company, and keep the engine and tranny from ur car, it looks like its still intact, and drop it in a high miliage gc8 and then ull have a much nicer looking, and faster car than before. Im just a kid so i dont know if you could even do this and still get money from the insurace company, but its an idea.
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:29 PM   #7
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Sorry for your loss on the car. It must
really suck. However as for the
salvage thing, please post if you were
allowed to salvage any parts from the
car. I may be mistaken, or have heard
folks incorrectly before, but I thought
that when an insurance company
considered an auto a total loss and
payed you, then the auto was no longer
yours to salvage parts from. Is that
correct or does it depend on the
insurance company?
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:31 PM   #8
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wanna buy a civic? good to see you're not hurt.
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:32 PM   #9
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Being a truck driver one has to wonder how this happened? Did the driver forget to set the parking brake when he got out? And what company was it? Glad to hear your OK that is what is important you gonna get another blue one? I second Fitzgerald in Rockville or Gaithersburg. If you take your car to the Gaithersburg Jake will (Subaru tech) will take good car of you.
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:53 PM   #10
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Could have been a blessing, good u left your car when you had too many drinks, could have been worse you know. Glad you're ok and getting another scooby. Guardian Angel maybe?

Can u wait for the STi?
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Old 08-17-2002, 12:00 AM   #11
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Being a truck driver one has to wonder how this happened? Did the driver forget to set the parking brake when he got out? And what company was it? Glad to hear your OK that is what is important you gonna get another blue one?
Well, I actually just got off the phone with the police officer that took the report. He said that the driver told him the brakes malfunctioned, but the officer doesnt believe him. He said he gets lied to all the time (people lie to the police? Im shocked ) and that he thought this guy was lying to him and he just didnt set the brake. The name of the company on the truck was Maryland Hotel Supply Co. If I do get another WRX, which is very likely, will definitely be blue. There is no other color!

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However as for the salvage thing, please post if you were
allowed to salvage any parts from the car. I may be mistaken, or have heard folks incorrectly before, but I thought
that when an insurance company considered an auto a total loss and payed you, then the auto was no longer yours to salvage parts from
I was only able to salvage my MOMO shift knob! Yes, you are correct. The insurance company is going to haul it away Mon morning and do whatever they do with it. That is part of the deal -- they cut me a check for the value and then take the whole car.
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Old 08-17-2002, 12:20 AM   #12
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my god, that sucks so bad. i was wondering, will they cut you a check for the exact blue book value of the car, or will they concider your modifications? i'm worried that if my car gets totalled, i'll be out of my RS wheels, new paintjob, and my RS front bumper, and they will cut me a check for a stock 93 impreza L

would it help if i notified the insurance company that these parts were on the car so i could be compensated? i'm just scared of losing what i've done to the car, cuz **** does happen.

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Old 08-17-2002, 12:21 AM   #13
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Dude. This is horrible. Do you get to keep your wheels? They look to be ok.
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Old 08-17-2002, 01:19 AM   #14
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Is the hood salvageable?
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Old 08-17-2002, 02:05 AM   #15
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There are a couple blue ones over at Wilkins That pic made me sick to my stomache Good luck with everything, I hope you get your car situation taken care of...
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Old 08-17-2002, 02:06 AM   #16
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At least it looks like can still use your wheels
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Old 08-17-2002, 03:32 AM   #17
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Always take pix of your car with the parts on the car as well as receipts. You didnt pay that much amount of money withour protecting them... Remember, the insurance company would probably ONLY cover the parts that are street legal (such parts as clear sidemakers, blue bulbs, neon lights, strobe lights, or anything that a Police officer would give you a work-order) would not be covered.. that would be the insurance company's discretion. Out of my experience, my insurance company (Allstate) did cover my fog light mods ($500) from my accident. That's all I wanted them to cover..

you can see some of my damaged Acura Legend on www.speedoptions.com and do a search on Xenonk under the member's profile section. I know I spent a pretty penny on that car.

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my god, that sucks so bad. i was wondering, will they cut you a check for the exact blue book value of the car, or will they concider your modifications? i'm worried that if my car gets totalled, i'll be out of my RS wheels, new paintjob, and my RS front bumper, and they will cut me a check for a stock 93 impreza L

would it help if i notified the insurance company that these parts were on the car so i could be compensated? i'm just scared of losing what i've done to the car, cuz **** does happen.

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Old 08-17-2002, 08:10 AM   #18
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oh man, that's a sad sight.

i'm curious as to how it happened too. the compressed air holds the brakes OFF so if there's no air pressure, the brakes will engage.
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Old 08-17-2002, 09:29 AM   #19
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Glad to hear there are still smart people out there, thanks for not driving drunk. Sorry to see your car messed up.
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Old 08-17-2002, 09:30 AM   #20
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a long time ago while working with my father i watched a Canada Dry delivery truck pop out of gear [ brake was not set , only had truck in gear to keep it from rolling ] roll across a parking lot and t-bone a toyota mini van, pushed it across a median strip , into another parking lot and into a dumpster against a building. pancaked the mini van and the dumpster, the curb/ median hardly slowed it down. thank god that no one was in the van or the path of any of it as it happened as the building seems was the only thing solid enough to stop them.
too bad about your car , funny how when you try and do the right thing you sometimes still get screwed. good luck to you with your new WRX.
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Old 08-17-2002, 10:47 AM   #21
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Sorry for your loss man. I know it would be a hike but martin subaru in turnersville is a great place. I was able to fianance the nice legacy b4 wheels, the sti suspension, ground effects and a few other things and they installed it all for a real good price. It was the only subie dealer I could find that was willing to do that for me. Pm me if you have any other questions about the dealer. It would take about an hour and a half to get there.
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Old 08-17-2002, 10:57 AM   #22
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Since a lot of people have been asking about the wheels.... There are 2 problems with salvaging them. The first is that I dont think they would be safe to drive on. The passenger side wheels are absolutely not safe and the drivers side I certainly wouldnt drive on myself and I wouldnt feel right about having someone else drive on them. The pictures dont really do them justice, but I did see them in person, and they dont look that good.

Also, Im pretty sure that the insurance company expects to take possession of the car exactly the way it is. I was able to retrieve my personal belongings, but thats it. They are going to write me a check for the value of the car, including the wheels and tires, so if I then took them off the car I would effectively be committing insurance fraud.

As for the modifications, I think it might depend on the insurance company. I happen to have a very generous company that I am very happy with. They will reimburse me for any legal mod that I can prove that I had on there. A credit card receipt or photograph is proof enough for them, and they will most likely take my word for it if I dont have the recipt.
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Old 08-17-2002, 03:01 PM   #23
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Sorry to see that your car is totalled. But, it is nice to hear that your insurance will compensate you for your loss. Thank God you weren't in it when it happened.

As far as insurance goes, I totalled my '83 Maxima when I was in High School, and they would have let me keep the car if I deducted around $350 from the $1700 total loss check. I decided it was not worth it and bought another car (then again the Maxima was barely driveable after slamming into a ditch a$$end first at 35 mph).

I had a pretty good experience a Heritage Subaru in Owings Mills, and I continue to hear good things about Annapolis Subaru (although I have only ordered touch-up paint from them). Avoid Russell at all costs, they are perhaps one of the worst dealers that I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with.
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Old 08-17-2002, 06:06 PM   #24
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Since it's the trucker's fault wouldn't the trucking company have to pay anything that your insurance wouldn't pay? Like if you had a $10,000 suspension, but your Ins. Co. would only cover 2k in aftermarket parts, then the trucking company is responsible for the rest since it was their fault. They should either put the car back to exactly how it was before the accident or give you the money to replace everything, right?
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Old 08-17-2002, 10:33 PM   #25
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Since a lot of people have been asking about the wheels.... There are 2 problems with salvaging them. The first is that I dont think they would be safe to drive on. The passenger side wheels are absolutely not safe and the drivers side I certainly wouldnt drive on myself and I wouldnt feel right about having someone else drive on them. The pictures dont really do them justice, but I did see them in person, and they dont look that good.

Also, Im pretty sure that the insurance company expects to take possession of the car exactly the way it is. I was able to retrieve my personal belongings, but thats it. They are going to write me a check for the value of the car, including the wheels and tires, so if I then took them off the car I would effectively be committing insurance fraud.

As for the modifications, I think it might depend on the insurance company. I happen to have a very generous company that I am very happy with. They will reimburse me for any legal mod that I can prove that I had on there. A credit card receipt or photograph is proof enough for them, and they will most likely take my word for it if I dont have the recipt.
So who exactly are you with??

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