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Old 02-12-2012, 09:08 AM   #15
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NADA is a joke

Only people that make out with NADA is stealerships and insurance companies. There is more value in scrap than grand. If you read bottom of NADA it says some units could be worth a lot more than value posted. How many AS go through auto auctions lol none. That is how they determine value. I had boat booked $4500 sold $13.500 and think they got cracking good deal on like new boat. Funny these boat were so rare you might see 2 for sale in summer used in nation. Think AS follow suit, replacement cost is your best bet find another similar unit for sale and go off that.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:27 AM   #16
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You have the option of going to an attorney with your recipients and estimates and have them send a letter stating what your fair settlement would be.

I have had letters sent from attorneys get people off their butt and fix things on two occasions for the cost of sending a letter around $100.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:04 AM   #17
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Liability insurance

Generally speaking, an insurance company is less inclined to total your rig, since it's a given case of clear cut liability.

In your case, it almosts sounds like the wrecker company is self insured, or no insure at all, and wants to get out as cheap as they can.

You might remind them, that when liability is an issue, not only for the Airstream, as in your case, but your hardships of most any kind, are also included. Loss of use, etc., is also included.

I would suggest that you employ a "GOOD" attorney, pronto.

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:56 AM   #18
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After this is all over get an insurance policy for agreed value
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:05 PM   #19
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After this is all over get an insurance policy for agreed value
Biggest waste of money there is.....until.......... you need it, then it suddenly becomes a "best investment".

But, it also buys considerable "peace of mind".

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:10 PM   #20
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Veggiebullet, please see the note I sent you privately.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:03 PM   #21
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I would get a lawyer to write a letter ASAP. Have the lawyer use the high numbers from similar trailers. This will scare them into wanting to get it taken care of. I thought that small claims in VA was actually only $1000, but if it is more then I would think about taking them there, if they get a lawyer for small claims court they will personally have to show up (not just the lawyer). If they don't show up you will win by default. Don't play nice if they messed up and are not willing to help. Keep on them everyday, and pay a lawyer for a letter.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #22
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Veggiebullet, please see the note I sent you privately.
Got the pm.
since its been 2 weeks since the accident is there a limit of time that we need no comply regarding been able to start the claim?
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since its been 2 weeks since the accident is there a limit of time that we need no comply regarding been able to start the claim?
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The faster you get the ball rolling, the more serious you are.

If you let it drag on, they will kick the issue to the curb, and then you will have a real problem.

Liability is liability.

The fix is "NOW", not when someone takes a notion.

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Old 02-12-2012, 01:39 PM   #24
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Take your damaged AS to a proper AS repair shop, get an estimate and present it to the tow company owner and or his insurance carrier....DO NOT take the tow companys word....they would like U to go away....I would guestimate the damage to be in the 2k to 2.5k range on the high side....Good Luck and keep up posted
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:55 PM   #25
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The faster you get the ball rolling, the more serious you are.

If you let it drag on, they will kick the issue to the curb, and then you will have a real problem.

Liability is liability.

The fix is "NOW", not when someone takes a notion.

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2 weeks is a kind of long. They were quick to offer a lowball and we had a couple of days to think about it and we went back to them with the amount that you provided and they still not getting back.
So it seems like they just want to put this on the side?

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:43 AM   #26
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No sympathy

Having owned big rigs for a long time, I have no sympathy for towing Cos. I knowthey are needed, but $450 to get pulled out of a ditch in a blizzard back in the 80s 10 minutes work approx 15 ft. Go get em. Sal.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #27
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update

Hello guys.
Just to keep everybody posted on the situation.
We talked to the Towing Co today and we got an offer of settlement to keep it out of the insurance for 2K.
Should we proceed and accept? or should we still try to get a bigger amount? We are not the kind of people that are waiting for this kind of situation to take advange of it.
We just want to be treated right and with respect.
We want to give them the oportunity to make it right the way they want it, but we want this issue to be resolved the right way.
What should we do?
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:44 PM   #28
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$2k isn't enough - research & history

I own Answer Center - a telephone answering service - and have tow companies as clients. My clients love to tell me all about their businesses.
Here's what I've learned today:

First: most tow companies LIVE off of accident calls - they state and local police forces call them to clear accident scenes to restore traffic flow. They have to react instantly to those calls. That makes up 40% to 60% of most towing company's income. No liability insurance - NO POLICE TOWS!

SO - what this means for you is that IF you go to court and get a judgement against them and they don't instantly pay it - they'll be dropped from all police towing. They're supposed to have valid high limit insurance to do police tows. The premiums for tow truck insurance are astronomical and every mistake makes the premiums go higher. (Why is towing so expensive? Tow trucks on average cost $100K or more, they get 5-7 mpg, the special equipment & hydraulics requires a lot of maintenance. Insurance and bonds, $2K per month ... they charge a lot of money for 15 minutes work, but their overhead is horrendous! )

I had two end panels replaced three years ago at the factory - it was $1200 per panel and that was on a current model Airstream. I don't think $2000 is going to replace your two today. Get at least $2500 to $3000 - send your pictures to Jackson Center for an estimate.
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