What part of SC are you in? I live near Asheville NC I could help you fix it if you dont live too far away. That upsets me about your truck. Shows how tough a deuce is that piece of crap kia is absoultely destroyed. Its like they hit a brick wall.
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I'm always wondering how this plays out.Do you have insurance? Does the person responsible? Hopefully yes.... if so, I'd let said insurances pay to tow and have the truck repaired. They can do the leg work and acquire the parts at the heavily priced places like Boyce Equipment, Eastern Surplus, or Memphis Equipment (or etc, etc, etc).
Typically even if they total it you'll have the option of keeping the salvage less the "salvage value." The negotiable part is making sure they don't contact the state and have your title branded as salvage. When it's just an economic total loss and not something structural (crumpled frame for example) there shouldn't be an issue. Make them prove where they got the salvage value quote. In an instance like this it shouldn't be more than scrap as they wouldn't be selling it to a yard for parts.You buy a truck for say 5K. Put 5K (and ocean of labor) into it. Now it's a nice truck.
Then some person hits it. Their insurance looks at it and says "We owe you a 1972 M35A2, here's a dozen for 4K from Craigslist. Fixing yours will run 5K. Have a nice day, we'll take the truck, here's your check."
I have mine insured for XXXXX dollars. If another company wants to total mine out, I now have proof what its true value is. No way they can short change me. I will let my insurance fix the truck and let them sue the other insurance co for the money spent.Having had another motorist total my car and their insurance make the total / no total decision how does this end for one of these trucks? Any tips on how to present the best case?
And that's the correct way to do it.I have mine insured for XXXXX dollars. If another company wants to total mine out, I now have proof what its true value is. No way they can short change me. I will let my insurance fix the truck and let them sue the other insurance co for the money spent.
So some idiot (probably texting) peeled their car on your Deuce & then ran away & abandoned their vehicle??? That puts them totally at fault (even if your truck was possessed & decided to stick its nose out & trip the car).So, on the way home from work for lunch I get the call..."Everything is fine but someone hit the deuce then ran away." I just laughed. Get home to the wife, cop and a bunch of college kids. I'm still laughing, as far as I can tell she was going really fast down a residential street missed the new dodge ram in front of the deuce and clipped the bumper of my truck. Yes I've included pictures. Besides my fender and bumper everything looked ok, and it is still driveable.
I had it parked next to the curb and when she hit the front it pushed it toward the curb so front wheel hits curb and stops, rear axle hits curb and stops, middle axle jumps the curb, possibly ramped the chock block. Now my middle axle does not line up with the rear. I've noticed that there is play where the axles connect to the spring (see picture).
Here is my question: So if I drive it around will they move back in line or is there something that I need to do to get it back in position?
If more pictures are required let me know and I will provide them. Thanks,
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