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Old 02-16-2019, 01:14 AM   #1
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I have a 2003 Sonic Yellow Wagon. Don't see too many of them around these days. I see one on my commute over the Santa Cruz mountains on a somewhat regular basis, and today, on a trip to pick up a seat at a body shop for work, I pulled in the parking lot and there it was, at least I think it's the same car... Exactly the same as my car, sitting there with minor front end damage. The estimator told me it was a total loss! Apparently the insurance company totalled it at like $2500. So sad to see it go... Wish there was a way I could buy the salvage, but not knowing them, that's pretty unprofessional. Bummer!
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:50 AM   #2
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Why is it unprofessional? I’d ask for there info, if there a true subie lover they’d rather see it go to another enthusiast than a scrap yard. Do it!!!
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:28 PM   #3
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don't get the unprofessional thing at all
it's totaled because it's not worth anything
it will go to scrap or someone can buy it for salvage
it's business, pay for the scrap or let it go
nothing even remotely unprofessional about an insurance agent doing their job
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:50 AM   #4
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Whats up TurboSonicWagon, I'm also in Ben Lomond.

Is your car on RPF1's? If so I saw you at Masood's the other day.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:14 AM   #5
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don't get the unprofessional thing at all
it's totaled because it's not worth anything
it will go to scrap or someone can buy it for salvage
it's business, pay for the scrap or let it go
nothing even remotely unprofessional about an insurance agent doing their job
I'm sorry, that must have come across wrong. None of the professionals are doing anything wrong... The questionable part would be me as a non-related third party asking the body shop to put me in touch with the insured to ask if he/she would be willing to retain the salvage title so I could buy it from him/her. There is nothing unprofessional about the insurance agent doing their job...
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:15 AM   #6
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Whats up TurboSonicWagon, I'm also in Ben Lomond.

Is your car on RPF1's? If so I saw you at Masood's the other day.
Yes, I'm sure that was me, I'm at Masood's most days for something or another... Usually beer, and I did recently put the RPF1s on my car... Been in Ben Lomond for about 8 years now
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:24 AM   #7
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Why is it unprofessional? Id ask for there info, if there a true subie lover theyd rather see it go to another enthusiast than a scrap yard. Do it!!!
I tried, the body shop owner didn't want to jeopardize his direct repair status... I tried to be subtle, so maybe I'll get a call yet...
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:25 AM   #8
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Why is it unprofessional? Id ask for there info, if there a true subie lover theyd rather see it go to another enthusiast than a scrap yard. Do it!!!
I'm not sure how many Sonic Yellow Wagon owners aren't Subie lovers either...
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:18 AM   #9
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I'm sorry, that must have come across wrong. None of the professionals are doing anything wrong... The questionable part would be me as a non-related third party asking the body shop to put me in touch with the insured to ask if he/she would be willing to retain the salvage title so I could buy it from him/her. There is nothing unprofessional about the insurance agent doing their job...
even if nobody calls you back, chances are it's getting picked up and taken to a yard next.
So have the guy call you when it's picked up or ask him to ask the driver where he's taking it.
Go there, offer them $500 and it's yours. They'll take that cash in a second rather than do work to strip it down and hope to get that much
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:51 AM   #10
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I'm sorry, that must have come across wrong. None of the professionals are doing anything wrong... The questionable part would be me as a non-related third party asking the body shop to put me in touch with the insured to ask if he/she would be willing to retain the salvage title so I could buy it from him/her. There is nothing unprofessional about the insurance agent doing their job...
Yeah, I think their usual routine is to just call their contracted tow company and they take the car to the yard (or auction); there's probably no protocol for what to do when a consumer asks to buy a salvage car.

I suppose if the shop gave you a number to call or put more effort into helping you achieve your goal, that would have been more courteous. The general public is filled with idiots they have to deal with on a daily basis and chances are they didn't sense how serious you were wanting to take ownership.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:05 AM   #11
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The general public is filled with idiots they have to deal with on a daily basis and chances are they didn't sense how serious you were wanting to take ownership.
^this right here is the biggest hurdle

no matter how serious you are, they probably hear from 85 dudes who never follow through for every one that does

That's why at any real auction you either have the money to settle up immediately after the auction or they bypass you 3 seconds later for the next highest bidder
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:22 AM   #12
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You have to ask the insurance company... not the body shop owner. The insurance company is the "owner" of the car. You've got to move fast though.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:07 PM   #13
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You have to ask the insurance company... not the body shop owner. The insurance company is the "owner" of the car. You've got to move fast though.
honestly, If I wanted that thing, I wouldn't waste my time making 20 phone calls trying to connect with someone at an insurance company who gives a damn about saving one more totaled old car just to save his company $200.

If I knew the body shop guy I'd have him ask the roll off driver where he's taking it, then go there after work and offer the yard owner a couple hundred bucks.
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:06 AM   #14
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Yes, I'm sure that was me, I'm at Masood's most days for something or another... Usually beer, and I did recently put the RPF1s on my car... Been in Ben Lomond for about 8 years now
Looks good on the new wheels, I just got my wagon a month ago, been in town for 3 years but in SC for 5.

I'll keep an eye on this thread, hopefully you can secure the wagon!
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:38 PM   #15
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So, the Bodyshop or owner never got back in touch with me about possibly getting my hands on that car. Apparently he really wasn't willing to help out at all. But in a strange twist of fate, that car showed up today, with another Sonic Yellow Wagon at the local Subaru shop. My good friend works in the complex and sent me a picture this morning. He spoke with the owner of the shop, and I guess they're stripping some parts off it... Not sure what they're taking, or what might be left, but there's a second chance! Ha!
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:40 PM   #16
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So, the Bodyshop or owner never got back in touch with me about possibly getting my hands on that car. Apparently he really wasn't willing to help out at all. But in a strange twist of fate, that car showed up today, with another Sonic Yellow Wagon at the local Subaru shop. My good friend works in the complex and sent me a picture this morning. He spoke with the owner of the shop, and I guess they're stripping some parts off it... Not sure what they're taking, or what might be left, but there's a second chance! Ha!
There may be hope yet! But if not I need the ash tray out of it if that's at all possible
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:11 AM   #17
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There may be hope yet! But if not I need the ash tray out of it if that's at all possible
That I can probably score!
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:14 AM   #18
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I talked to one of the techs today, and it sounds like the lady with the totalled car found another Sonic Yellow Wagon that sounds like it has a blown engine (no specifics), and she wants to make the two into one that works and looks good... The plot thickens...
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:15 AM   #19
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At least the car just didn't get sent off to the scrapper... She loves her Subaru!
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:05 AM   #20
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If you can get your hands on it, you can get the body damage fixed, and swap in an 04 STI drive train and JDM EJ207 into it.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:30 PM   #21
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That I can probably score!
Sweet!

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I talked to one of the techs today, and it sounds like the lady with the totalled car found another Sonic Yellow Wagon that sounds like it has a blown engine (no specifics), and she wants to make the two into one that works and looks good... The plot thickens...
This is good!
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