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Old 02-26-2008, 09:24 AM   #1
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Sara got into an accident this morning and put her car into a stream. shes fine, thank god, but the car is totaled. can anyone tell me what the procedure is for dealing with this? what do i have to do at the yard to get some stuff out of it (like the stereo...)?
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Oh man... Tell her Stephanie and I are glad she is OK!!!! The roads were pretty bad this morning on the way home from work at 7 AM.

As far as what to do about the car, your best bet would be to probably to talk to the wrecker service about getting the stuff out of it. It is still your car, so they can't deny you your stuff inside, you may have to pay a wrecker service bill first though. When my '93 was wrecked, I had them just tow the car right to my house and put it in my driveway and I paid the bill right there. Most likley, that is all you will have to do is pay a bill and you will be all set

Let me know if you guys need anything :P

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She was driving that Olds 88 right?
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:43 AM   #3
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yeah, the 88. its on its side in a stream at the moment. the wrecker said he can get it out but he is sure it will end up on its roof in the process. shes a complete loss... oh well, its just a car (old one at that too). I'm just glad Sara'* alright.

i want to try and get the radio out. it is her dads and i was suposed to do it a while ago but was to busy...
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yeah, the 88. its on its side in a stream at the moment. the wrecker said he can get it out but he is sure it will end up on its roof in the process. shes a complete loss... oh well, its just a car (old one at that too). I'm just glad Sara'* alright.

i want to try and get the radio out. it is her dads and i was suposed to do it a while ago but was to busy...

if the car is sideways in a stream then would'nt the radio not be good anymore from being wet..?



and im very glad she is able to walk away from this.. take care of her today...
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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sounds like less than a foot of water, so it would have stayed dry. otherwise yes, its trashed.

shes getting checked out at the hospital now, she wasn't feeling well so i told her to have a roommate take her right away. insurance is covering it. plpd payed off i guess.
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Sorry to hear that man, but I'm glad she is OK.

As for how to get your stuff out, I had to call the insurance company of the driver that totalled my vehicle, because technically they bought it from me. I explained to them I was going to have to damage the vehicle more to get the crushed trunk open and get my audio equipment out and they were fine with it.

In your situation, it'* still your vehicle, so I'd imagine once you get it towed to the yard just ask the yard management if they'd mind you removing your personal belongings and they should be alright with it. The junkyard mine was at even lended me a big *** crow bar because they felt bad from Progressive jerking me around so much.
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...It is still your car, so they can't deny you your stuff inside...
Not necessarily true. Here, if the car were towed to an impound lot, as is the case sometimes, you can't get anything (other than prescribed medication, health items, etc. (no, that doesn't include your stash )) off or out of the car until it'* released (read: paid for). The towing company is not going to want to be stuck with a worthless hulk if they think they might not get paid. E.G. if you had a totaled 78 Caprice crap-wagon with a kickin' system in it, didn't have insurance, and it didn't look like you were going to pay for the tow, you ain't gettin' nothin' outta that car. If the car is covered by insurance and they are going to pay for the total, the car is technically theirs and you're not supposed to take anything other than personal items from the car. An in-dash radio would be considered part of the car, whether it'* aftermarket or not. If the radio vacated the car before the insurance adjuster made the assessment, though, you'd probably be OK. That'* a grey area, there. Do you have an old radio you can shove in the hole?


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...you may have to pay a wrecker service bill first though...
Accurate statement.
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Oh wow! Sorry to hear. When my Mom'* Camaro got totalled, she went in the next day after the accident and they let her and I go in and get all her belongings out without a problem.
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IF it hasn't been towed out yet, just go take it?
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:20 PM   #10
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it has PLPD on it, so insurance doesn't care about the car at all, other than the driver. i just paid the yard today so they said i can come look at it tomorrow and keep it if i want to or junk it if i want to... so, i think i'll go get the aftermarket radio (the stock one was in the back of the car so it "should' still be in there) and Sara'* teaching materals. if its what i expect to see i'll be handing over the title to the yard owner to scrap it... :(
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