The car is brand new, 655 miles. The other guy was cited for the accident
and his insurance company is accepting responsibility. The air bags deployed
and frame is bent, but they will not consider it totaled. Does anyone know
of any recourse I have, being as now the car has a much lower value from
being in an accident. I haven't even made a payment on this car yet. Any
help would be greatly appreciated.
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Contact a lawyer. I'd think he is liable for the damages he's caused, not
only to the parts of your car, but also to its value. Some insurance
companies recognize this and replace cars in situations like yours.
I feel your pain!
But on a barely related topic...
Yesterday seemed to be "Minivan Moron" day in central Ohio.
Trip to Lowes:
On freeway, m-moron paces a semi for about 3 miles backing up a line of about
Then, on busy Shopping center access road, one m-m stops in lane of traffic
trying to enter restaurant lot... while m-m #2 is blocking that entrance by
trying to exit left from the middle of the 2 car width entrance... again
backing up traffic for several minutes.
Then once I get back on freeway, I encounter another m-m who is trying to
merge onto the 65 mph freeway at 50 mph and slowing down because the traffic
wont move over for him.
The minivan was one of the greatest design ideas of the last 25 years, but
the people who tend to buy them.. yourself excluded of course... make me
truly understand "Road-Rage"!!!
You should negotiate for the "depreciation allowance"
which is what I call it as I don't know the correct term, and
trade your van in for a new one. Hopefuly you won't have to
come up with much but this is what I would do in your
situation. People do this all the time.
I wonder how bad is the damage to your van and what
type of van is it? Just curious. How much is the estimate
People sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men
stand ready to do violence on their behalf......George Orwell.
Thanks for the other information. I can't blame you a bit for
not wanting it back after $10,000 in repairs.
Like I said, people trade them in wrecked all the time, especially
if the dealer has a body shop he knows will straighten it out so
they can sell it.
Talk to the other guys insurance company about footing the difference
on the trade. I wouldn't involve an attourney if I didn't have to, but
you can always talk to one. State laws vary on vehicle insurance and
compensation, you may need to talk to one just to find out what your
state law is.
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