Came out of Hobby Lobby yesterday to find this in the parking lot! - Mercedes-Benz Forum

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Came out of Hobby Lobby yesterday to find this in the parking lot!

I'm still having a hard time processing this and how it happened.

The wife and I stopped into Hobby Lobby and were inside for about 15 minutes. We came out to find our car like this. Thankfully the driver in the jeep did not try to leave the scene and that she was insured. There were also two witness that saw it and stuck around until we came out of the store. According to the driver she was pulling in to park directly in front of us when suddenly her jeep lunged forward at full power hitting our 250. The witnesses confirmed that she was not driving into the space at a high rate of speed when suddenly it did accelerate forward. The driver swears that she did not hit the accelerator, (only she and the creator will really know) and that her jeep just took off. I did a quick search on the web and sure enough, a lot of people who own that year and style of jeep claim that the accelerator would "throttle up" on its own.

The impact was huge! I am not kidding, but I estimate that the hit pushed our car back thirteen (13) feet! There were no skid marks from our rear tires so now I am worried that there could be transmission problems. I had the car towed back to my home and now I have to deal with this whole mess.

Any advice on dealing with her insurance adjuster? I just want our 250 to be repaired and back on the road, if possible.

Thanks guys!
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That really sucks looks like the radiator support is bent and the fender is pushed into the door insurance will probably total it. you need to argue sentimental value cant replace car where would they find it. just keep telling them it was not your fault and you should not be loseing or putout because of some one elses failure to park correctly. dont forget to add for the custom paint that maybe the artist cant reproduce.

dont settle for cash payout hold out for complete repair or replacement.(good luck on finding a replacement)

dont forget your car parked legally and is not in anyway your fault
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Wow, good luck with insurance on this one my friend. It sucks to have this happen, i'm sure if you can convince them that this is not some average car, and that there is sentimental value to it, you will be able to recoup some money... if it is fixable and nothing is too badly broken/bent. Look at the bright side (I know it can be hard to sometimes) but at least nobody was hurt or killed, and lets face it... that's really what matters most.
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Wow, that is horrible! You will have your work cut out with the insurance company. I believe if you can show then a lot of recent repair invoices you can get a little bit more valuation. You may have to have it totaled and then buy it back from the ins company.

Maybe have a lawyer go after Jeep corp?
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dont forget custom paint work should double the value. all other recent repairs will help

just keep telling them
their insured is at fault and you should not loose your car because of their negligence who cares what they think value is they need to replace it or fix it without any cost to you
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Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear God, I'm going to cry myself to sleep after seeing this. I'm glad the offender stuck around and that the insurance burden is on her. If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't even give a crap about worth, you just want the thing put back to normal. Were I you, I wouldn't press the issue on getting "new" parts from the stealership, and that a refurb'd door and fender from a pick-n-pull will be just fine (lowering the bill and lowering the chances the insurance will total it for you). Paint and other such stuff will be matched, and if they can't match the artwork, will probably offer a paint job for the other fender too.

I really hope this all works out for you - in that your car is returned in like-new condition.
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A 1972 250 will be written as a total loss by your insurance company. If you wish to avoid a buy back and salvage title you might wish to sidstep insurance recovery completely and deal directly with the Jeep driver/owner. Depending on the depth of their pocket and willingness to negotiate you may well come out ahead. It all depends on your plans for your car and their desire to avoid an insurance claim against them.
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Came out of Hobby Lobby yesterday to find this in the parking lot!

This car isn't/wasn't your average w114 250 sedan. The nicest of them rarely pull in $10,000. A Concours car is one that really never sees the road. So arguing that any w114 sedan is worth $20,000 is going to be tough.

Came out of Hobby Lobby yesterday to find this in the parking lot!-imageuploadedbyautoguide1459914432.909436.jpg

I don't know how you can argue sentimental value. If insurance companies let you do that, everyone would be doubling or tripling their car's values as they will say, "that's the door ding my wife made on the way to the maternity room to have our first son." So I don't think that's going to fly.

Custom paintwork and the engine restoration have significant value, but it's hard to say it's going to push the value above concours. I would simply try to argue that it was a concours car and get a ~75% of $19,000 budget to get it fixed. Every state has a different insurance totaling formula, but most states are around 75% of the value of the vehicle. If the damage is more than 75%, the vehicle gets totaled.

I was able to get a reduced work estimate and save my car from being totaled by Hagerty when someone smashed into me.

If you really want to save it, you might skip the transmission damage worry. The body and paint work look significant.


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I have seen concours model t's go for 20k to 50k then right behind them a modified custom model t go for over 100k so some times the value of a modified car can bring more money. the mods on this car dont seem to be high dollar items though. a 250 though should have low production numbers as most 6 cylinders were twin cams. good luck finding a replacement
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I feel your pain. What happened on the way home after buying the car. I just love UN-insured drivers that don't bother to obtain drivers permits. They ended up totaling the old girl. I was able to take the 5k they gave me and have everything redone. The car is better than new now. I was also able to get a clear title on it, once everything was fixed.
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