Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Welcome to the forum, sorry for the underlying reason.
Speaking of which, that's a sad day for any car, even the one piloted by the goober who demolished yours.
Was the goober cited for anything? That might play into things.
Ultimately, though, the value of the car is something to be hashed out. If you've owned it for many years, maintained it well and can get your mechanic to provide a letter of opinion that it was in top shape (other than perhaps a little cosmetic defect or two such as the seat cracks) then that should move you towards the top of the value range; at the least it will put the insurance company in the position of having to defend their valuation if it's on the lower end.
Beyond that all you can do is research like cars, trying to legitimately place yours into the values that you find out there. Aside from the obvious cars.com and kbb.com, there are lots and lots of trade publications that have classics for sale, etc. Find ones that sound like yours and match off things. (Many of these can be found at Barnes & Noble and similar giant booksellers, just go browse the periodicals.)
Initially, though, just let the insurance adjusters go through their stuff and see what number they give you. (While their goal is always to pay as little as possible, they've been sued enough times for bad faith that they aren't as bad as they used to be.) In any event, if you're meeting with them, I'd suggest you not offer any information, and think carefully before answering any question they put to you. If you're not completely, 100% sure about something, don't guess or give them an answer, tell them you'll get back to them.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Try to enjoy yourself at the wake, reliving the great times you two shared.
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