[200q20v] 91 200 20v Pancake
brandon at cardinalpartners.com
Wed Dec 13 09:14:29 EST 2000
I agree with all of Ingo's comments, which I read before seeing your post.
Now that I understand that this was a totally benign no fault accident, I
would only add:
Change your attitude immediately about what they will and will not let you
do. I would instantly prepare a full spec sheet with prices of what it
would cost to replicate your car, not "can I maybe find one for $8K" but at
full market retail whatever that may be. If you get _any_ pushback at all,
hire a lawyer. You _will_ be bullied by the insurance co. if you let them,
but this is a "property and casualty" claim, not an auto accident. You
deserve your property or a full equivelant, returned to you.
I would not remove the headlights or ECU, but rather add the full retail-as
delivered-plus tax cost to your spec sheet.
Good luck, keep us posted, Fight!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Keith Maddock [mailto:Keith.Maddock at trw.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 10:29 AM
> To: WARATAP at aol.com; 200q20v at audifans.com; shawneolsen at juno.com
> Subject: [200q20v] 91 200 20v Pancake
> Greetings Audi Friends and Audi Listers:
> While out of the country on business, I have received word
> that my 91 200 Tq20v has been badly damaged. It was parked
> in a friend's carport when the carport was struck by a poorly
> driven U-Haul van. The carport collapsed and crushed the
> roof ("creased" in the exact words of my friend), damaged
> all four fenders, hood, trunk, and busted out the rear window.
> The insurance company is in the process of determining wether
> or not to total out the car or not, so in the meantime I have
> a few questions I hope you all might be able to help me out on...
> 1) Can anyone suggest a top-rate body shop? The car is
> located in Ann Arbor, MI at the moment, I live in Livonia,
> MI.. so anywhere in the West Detroit area would be appropriate.
> 2) They claim the car is worth roughly 8000 bucks. This
> seems low, I'm sure they always value them low so they don't
> have to pay out so much. Does anyone have any experience
> with fighting the insurance company's valuation?
> 3) Does anyone know what salvage value of these cars
> typically is? All mechanical hardware should be perfectly
> fine, including a new set of Euro-Headlights, 3B motor /
> trans, Hoppen Stage I ECU, H&R Springs, Koni Sport Shocks, SS
> Brake lines, new Hydraulic pump, new fuel pump, new TBV,, new
> Bomb, new Brake Pads, etc etc etc. I've heard rumors that
> the engines go for 2-3k, so will the insurance company charge
> me that much or more to buy it back from them?
> 4) If anyone has had a car been "totaled" on them before, do
> you know they let me swap back the original headlights, swap
> ECU's etc etc before they take possession of the car? I
> would think I have the right to sell the non-stock items (NOT
> included in their valuation) as long as I replace them with
> stock ones If this ends up being the case, of the above
> listed items, is anyone possibly interested in any exchanges?
> The ECU and the headlights are the key components that
> spring to mind there...
> 5) Does anyone have a really nice anthracite or black 200 for
> sale for about 8000 bucks? Haha don't think so , but I have
> to ask.. I'll probably have to pay more than 8000 for
> something as nice as mine was.
> If anyone has any BTDT on this type of stuff, I'd really
> appreciate your input. This is very upsetting to me,
> compounded by the fact that I'm having to deal with this from
> 5000 miles away.
> Thanks in advance,
> Keith Maddock
> Keith Maddock, TRW Automotive
> Controls Engineering, Traction Control
> Livonia, MI
> (734) 266 - 3971
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