88 5kq hit by kid backing out of driveway

Ben Swann benswann at comcast.net
Thu Aug 23 00:22:32 EDT 2007

I wish I had more time to go over the details of my misfortune turned lemons
into lemonade,  but if it is the other persons fault and you have good records
of the condition, amount recently invested, and put the otis on the Ins.
Company to replace the vehicle with the same, then provided it is within
reason, they need to do this, but you need to press the issue.  I did this
with my '87 quattro avant - could not find decent avant within reasonable
distance, with all the fixes and in as good of condition.   They did award me
enough to purchase the newer '91 200QT20V - not as much as I needed to recoup
my costs, but was able to get into the newer car - certainly a comparable.
Any "book-value" Q-wagon that was available at the time required 3 X that
invested to get into the condition mine was - I proved that.  If you keep/kept
lousy records, the you may have a problem proving it.  I keep an itemized
spreadsheet on all my cars - total cost of ownership to date.  Of course TCO
is not covered, but the record-keeping makes it easier to recoup the loss,
much more than just accepting 'book-value" which for these cars is far lower
than their intrinsic value to their owners.


If you contest and it is not frivolous and back with facts and records, you
may actually come out ahead of where you were be for the accident - I did -
sort of, and than God no one was hurt, although Carmens neck pain made the
settlement in our favor a little easier.  The insurance companies play their
game and prey on most folks weaknesses - it is thief job to avoid paying any
more then necessaryl  It is your job to prove that it is necessary for them to
pay more.  YMMV etc..


Good luck with this.




[Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 06:26:37 -0400

From: cobram at juno.com

Subject: Re: 88 5kq hit by kid backing out of driveway

To: Britt at BrittCrowell.com

Cc: quattro at audifans.com

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"Britt Crowell" <Britt at BrittCrowell.com> writes:


> I've just recently got involved in a INS suit with my Ninja.

> Its a '93 but can be easily confused with a '03 ( first of the true 

> modern street bike styles) 

> http://www.brittcrowell.com/2004/2004-05-07_Ninja/moto1.jpg


It's evident you've never done this.  I have, not for myself, but a stubborn
meathead relative.  Took 4 years and a lot of patience (courthouse is 2 blocks
from my house.)  It's a fools errand, you won't even see a judge most of the
time, the magistrate or an arbitrator will review it first, other party
doesn't show, YOU have to hire a constable to serve them, and it goes on, and
on, and on.  I emailed a few of the details to the original poster.  And even
IF you get a judgement, collecting starts a whole new process.  It's a lot of
BS for what amounts to chump change considering what you have to go through.


> Now lets think about my '88 5000CS TQ I still have Next year its 

> considered a classic.

> In 6 years its considered a antique car.

> What does that do to the value?

> 2K 4K 6K


HEY, Chris Semple, I want my 1984 5KS you hauled away for free back!! 

Evidently it was worth a whole lotta money because it's OLD.  Anything is only
worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, the only reason most of us
are on this list is because Audi resale is abysmal, especially so for the type
44's with the plethora of "quirks" they have.  Having a type 44 totalled by
the insurance company is the closest we'll ever get to actually receiving book
value for the car.  


> Over 5k, not so good of a path. Less than 5k = good path to peruse.


Reserve judgement on whether it's a good path or not till you've done it.

 Good luck.





I live on a one-way street that's also a dead end. I'm not sure how I got

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