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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Who can help in Los Angeles ! 95 SS new front end

Look at my baby got in an accident today need to see who can fix her back up for me it did turn on picture in post below
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What picture I could take before they took
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It hurts ah how much to fix airbags out too
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Doors where a bit hard to open
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Can tow tomorrow any where in LA
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Entire front clip, radiator and support, & air bags. PLUS???? My first thought was Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust". With the past admin's rush to rid the world of gas hogs (anything not electric) by the great car crushing. Parts are near non existent. I doubt your insurance is going to fix it. I do wish I were wrong but I don't think so on this one. I hope you're ok. Time for a moment of silence.

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Hi, glad to see you are okay. Sorry for your loss.
Yeah Ins. will total that one. Hopefully you are covered and they right you a nice check.

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Do your homework and see what the car is worth based on miles and prices in your part of the country. Also make sure they realize Caprice with Impala SS option is worth more than one without. Maybe you lucky and REG/Ins card say SS and not Caprice on them ?

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If you can find a friend to do the work as a side job or whatever, you could definitely save the car. That is, assuming the frame is okay.



Parts for these cars are NOT difficult to find, at least in my experience. I have had a hood for sale for months now and I am only asking $40. Vautsmeier is right down the street from me, and he has an entire commercial building full of SS parts. The parts that you need to fix that front clip are a dime a dozen. The issue will be the amount of labor involved.


Insurance will total it, but you can always use their check to fix the car anyway. With that said, I'm wondering about your insurance situation. The fact that you are ready to get the car fixed only hours after the accident seems a little fishy to me. This makes me think you don't plan to have insurance look at the car.

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Dam straight advice up there. It's pretty simple to run both KBB and NADA to find near scale of current market based on your particular car's stats and condition. Based on your condition and mileage you'll either be discouraged or hopefully pleased with the figure. That way you can at least anticipate the number the insurance is hoping to settle below. LOL IDK how your state runs, but IF the wreck's not chargeable to you, and IF you have C&C, and IF you retain all communications and dealings with just YOUR carrier, THEN you're in much better position to come out whole on the unfortunate experience.

Sorry, but you've already suffered loss to your car, you don't have to suffer a second time financially. I hope some of the accounting below can be translated to your situation. For reference, my son got reared in mine long enough ago that KBB valued it at $18k. Despite that, my carrier "initially" offered to total it out at $8k and the little pencilhead thought they were doing me a favor. Of course I escalated to the next rung of mid mngt. and the next no. was 10. The 'best and final' based on my printout was 12. I said I'll take the 18 that it's really worth to total it, or, you can just fix it!

Everything with new frame came to $12k+. They were gonna pay $2,500 for the tranny that went out right after all that, but I wanted only $1,000 to buy all the neat parts to redo it myself.
I may be preaching to the pulpit if you have experience with this ghit, but:
-It's not your insurance's (and by gawd definitely not the other insured's) job to do YOUR homework in rounding up the most favorable value of your damage; it's your job.
-Unless you've got only liability then under no circumstances EVER communicate directly with the other insured's carrier, only through yours.
-As mentioned document and substantiate your loss with FS and sold comps, guide values, anything you can print and send in to back yourself up

-Stay calm, calmly steer back to facts when (constantly) being distracted by gibberish to get you to agree to lessened settlement
-There's too many carriers out there who'll look at your rustbucket fully depreciated lo-brow 25-year old non-hybrid POS '4-dor Caprice' and offer $600 total to you. You get the picture. Set a number you can go to the mat with, and get the number of your state's insurance commission if things sound outright hinky.

The damage looks repairable with just a bunch of JY parts as mentioned, plus strategic new susp. brake steering pieces, a little frame straightener and paint. You could even find someone willing to 'part out' a complete car for way less than the insurance repair guide is showing for all the separate parts. But guys who know the car are probably the only ones who'll think that way.


I wouldn't be getting it towed anywhere at all until you can get clear agreed picture on settlement. Good luck, and report back imminent victory at a later date.


EDIT: Overpost - and yah Caddy- we're thinking the same on that towing it right away = not so good idea on several fronts. Whatever shop gets it without clear competitive agreement is gonna cutta fat hog eh.

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EDIT: Overpost - and yah Caddy- we're thinking the same on that towing it right away = not so good idea on several fronts.
After thinking about it, I guess it's possible that this was a single-car accident and that OP only has liability. In that case, I suppose there really isn't much of an insurance situation to deal with.

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