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Old 01 Dec 2017, 09:59 am
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While sitting in traffic yesterday, a lady watching a man paint a fire hydrant, plowed into the car in front of her, pushing that car into my beautiful Dream Cruiser 1, pushing my car into into a 4th car, making my Dream Cruiser the meat in a 4 car crash sandwich. My Dream Cruiser was mint but not anymore. Both bumpers damaged, rear cargo door and left rear wheel well. Very disappointed. 15 years old with 100k miles, not sure to take it to the body shop or take the money and run.
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 10:15 am
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Easy fix. But unsure of cost versus value. Sorry for your bad luck.
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 11:00 am
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That damage doesnt look too bad, beautiful PT otherwise.

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Old 01 Dec 2017, 11:05 am
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Oh Yeah, that would be at the body shop. I would not give up on an old friend like that.
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 12:01 pm
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From an insurance standpoint, I'll bet they will total it. From your standpoint, it looks like it's 100% driveable for as long as you want it and from a cosmetic standpoint, you can probably fix it up yourself to look good as new for less than the settlement - salvage title fee. You could probably have a body shop fix it up for less than that too.

If the car is in good shape, I would much rather prefer keeping it than to think I could get something comparable for the settlement cost, unless you simply want to use the money towards a brand new car.
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 12:11 pm
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I'm sorry that happened, but I match everyone's sentiment and say fix it.

I've been hit twice and my freshly painted door scratched three times in one year, and I keep fixing it
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 12:50 pm
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The Cruiser runs really well. Everything works. I was hoping to keep it mint but now not sure. Might have to live with the damage.
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 01:29 pm
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Fix it up, Sue the at fault driver for diminished value, as its a rare car
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 04:28 pm
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Keep it, fix it and drive it. Dumbasses that don't pay attention behind the wheel really piss me off. At least you weren't hurt and her insurance will have to pay you. Will your insurance have to pay the guy you were pushed into? If so, I'd sue her insurer for that amount too.
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Old 01 Dec 2017, 05:59 pm
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That sucks. Sorry to hear it, but glad you are okay. I am with everyone else. Take the money and keep it. I say I would try to fix it myself, but I probably would just drive it around like that.

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I'm sorry that happened, but I match everyone's sentiment and say fix it.

I've been hit twice and my freshly painted door scratched three times in one year, and I keep fixing it
Welcome to NY! My Dad was rear-ended 3 times in ours.

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Keep it, fix it and drive it. Dumbasses that don't pay attention behind the wheel really piss me off. At least you weren't hurt and her insurance will have to pay you. Will your insurance have to pay the guy you were pushed into? If so, I'd sue her insurer for that amount too.
In NY, and I am sure most jurisdictions, his insurance will handle going after the other cars for anything they have to pay out. The bad thing is that Butch is the third car (I thought that was the cheese in the sandwich?). That means that cars 2 and 4 will probably be suing him, even if it is a formality. Be prepared for them to call you in for a deposition if car #1's insurance does not immediately pony up. This is especially true if there were any physical injuries. General rule is that the car in the back is at fault and as long as the car behind you was pushed into your car, a claim that you stopped short would not be at issue.

If you have a body shop that you usually use, I would suggest that you have them go over he car with the adjuster. Some of them are notorious for trying to minimize damage.

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