Sad news for me

I had a car accident on my way home from work and it looks to me like the car (my 2001 Firebird Formula) is a total loss. I reacted suddenly to maneuver around a vehicle that cut into my lane as we were going around a
bend to the right (on Park Presidio in San Francisco) and lost control of my vehicle, which fish-tailed and lost traction. I bumped the vehicle that was in front of me and while trying to regain control of my car, hit the wall that divides the traffic heading north and south. There was light rain and the roads were wet, and I had absolutely no traction -- it was like I was sliding on grease. The front end on the driver's side was smashed in, both airbags deployed and the windshield is shattered. It just doesn't seem likely that the car can be repaired, but I have to wait and see what the adjuster says when they finally look at it some time today. This is the first time I was ever involved in an accident on wet roads. What really bums me out (though I came out of it apparently unscathed), is that I purchased the car new and would obviously not be able to do that again for another Firebird. If it is totalled, I hope the ins. co. will allow me to recover all the parts I invested into it (like my stereo, Corsa exhaust, and an assortment of SLP parts under the hood).
This is difficult to cope with, especially since I loved that car.
~w~
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Weland wrote:

Awww man! My W.C. Clone! NOoooooooooooooooo!
This is sad sad news indeed.
Shoot me an email man.
    Martin     '01 Formula -    MTI Air Box Lid, K&N Filter, Hurst-6,             SLP Cold Air Induction & Smooth Intake Bellow             Corsa Catback w/Premium Tips     '83 V45 Magna
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Thanks for sentiments guys. I probably won't hear anything regarding the official estimate until Tuesday afternoon, but I'll keep y'all updated, if anyone's interested. The ins. rep didn't sound very optimistic upon hearing my description of the damage.
~w~
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You can fight to buy the car back if you want. I did in 1990 with Geico on a car. And, they didn't issue it a salvage title, either.
They did send inspectors to my house to check things out and I gladly showed them that I didn't have any parts yet for the vehicle (or that I had the originals and was going to reinstall them), and then I said, "Anything else, gentleman? When will I being receiving my check? Or will Geico waste my time again?"
Check came in the mail the next week.
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Weland spilled my beer when they jumped on the table and proclaimed in

Good luck, man. I'm sorry about the car, but remember. Your ride can be replaced. You can't.
NOI
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Weland wrote:

Sorry to hear your tale but glad you came out ok. Unfortunatley if the insurance company totals it the will keep the car intact to sell as salvage. You might take a lower price than they offer and keep the car but in the long run it probably won't be worth the time and effort.
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Really? I've had a couple friends wreck their cars and they were able to retrieve what they wanted from the wreck. Namely their stereo.
Sorry to hear about your firebird, Weland.
-Bruce
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Bruce Chang wrote:

Pulling a stereo head unit out is a long way away from stripping the engine, exhaust system, and then the stereo.
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Bruce Chang wrote:

    That differers from state to state, and from policey to policey. If you have full coverage insurance in Ohio, and it covers the aftermarket equipment installed. The only way to recover said equpiment is to make a deal with them, or to buy the totalled car back from them. Charles
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Weland wrote:

    Man, that suck. I have been in situations like that before. Sometimes there isn't much you can do, or anywhere you can go. Especially when in low traction situations.
    I have bought cars back from insurance companies before and repaired them. In ohio you get a salvage title 99% of the time. Last year I helped my neibor with her car. She got rear ended at a Red Light. She was driving her 1992 Buick Regal 4 door Custom. The guy that rear ended her was driving a 2000 Ford E-350 Van. His insurance company came out, I went and talked to the adjuster. Told him I had upgraded the wheels (94 Cutlass 15 ich Aluminum Mesh wheels, 93 Montana plain center caps) and had just installed $500 in new brake parts (all true), as well as the fact the car's engine is a goodwrench replacement with 30,000 less then the car body. That was good for a Extra thousand. She did the buy back from them. I went to a few auctions, and finally found a 1995 Regal 4 door custom. I bought it for $300, and cut the rear clip off. Her car now has a 95 Regal rear clip, tail lamps, and deck lid with luggage rack. Between the discount I get at the bodyshop. And the money she saved by paying me $300 for the rear clip (local salvage yards wanted $450 to $575), she had $900 left over. Sure she has a salvage title. But she says that's the best car she's ever had. Not to mention at 60 years old, she's not planning on buying another car till that one is beyound repair. Charles
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Please keep the news group informed on how this turns out. If the Insurance company says TOTAL, look in the phone book for an independent (priviate) adjuster. Get your own evaluation and try for the middle ground.
Buying back your car at aution has been done in the past as posted already, You'll need to call in any friend of friend who has a body shop for the work. But, keep in mind your budget limits, someone could be looking for a parts or rebuildable with a deeper pocket than yours.
Good luck. If you end up needing a new ride, the following Trans Am site has likes to sites selling TAs.
Take care.
http://www.transamtech.com /
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Just though of this. The http://lst.com/ forum has a body section where you could get more help. They have a nice archival section as well.
Folks there who have gone through this can help you out. I understand there is a lot of emotions here. Please think of it this way. She did her job. Your reading this and not from an ICU ward.
Consider the alternative if its totalled. Pontiac's new two seater, Soltice comes out this spring. Its sharp, rear-wheel drive,and is around 20K. Check it out at Pontiac.com. Spent time at the Pennsyvanie Auto & Boat Show this past weekend with one (got to look, no drive.) Its got that Pontiac magic.
Take care.
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