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Old 09-30-2014, 12:16 PM   #1
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Totalled? Not my Boxster thankfully but my beloved 1996 Tacoma

In what seems to be a common occurrence for members of this forum, my 1996 Toyota Tacoma was severely impacted at 12:06 AM this morning while it was parked in my girlfriend's driveway...

She lives on a 4 lane highway with a turning lane (so 5 lanes) with a 45 mph speed limit. Last night a car was driving on the opposite ride of the road at about 50 MPH when another car exited a parking lot right in front of the first car. They hit, and the 50 mph car cross over the 5 lanes and into my GF yard where she hit the back of my truck and drove it forward about 20 feet into a glancing collision with the side of her house.









The fun part? The at fault driver only has $15,000 in property damage insurance. Welcome back to FL... I guess I should be happy they have insurance at all. This is the third not-at-fault incident in the year since I have been back here... Prior to this.. no incidents.

The other two cars are massively totaled with no hope of saving, the at fault car was a Camry and the whole left side is wiped out with the front totally destroyed. The other car was a 2002 Passat and the front and right sides are destroyed, with my GF yard full of chunks of what looks like broken engine casing.

I really hope they don't total my truck, I bought it new in 1996 and it has been trouble free over the last 200,000 miles, and I planned to keep it until the day I died...

It still drives, I took it down to a collision shop to see what they thought. They are going to let me know...

Hook me up with some tips: is there any way I can help compel them to not total my truck without declining to file a claim? It still drives, I wouldn't mind fixing up the major damage and living with some cosmetic damage as long as I get paid

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Old 09-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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Hell, if the frame is still straight and the alignment good, run it. Perhaps pound it out by hand and keep on going.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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Find an auto recycler to get a bumper and hammer out the rest. Real bummer but you should be able to keep it running.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Did you see the TopGear episodes about the indestructible Toyota pickup?
This car can take much more of a beating.
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Sorry to hear bout your truck.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:19 AM   #6
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Did you see the TopGear episodes about the indestructible Toyota pickup?
This car can take much more of a beating.
Yes I did!

The drive train seems good and there is only some minor rubbing from the front right if I brake hard. I could pull some dents and be happy, especially if I could get some $$$ out of it. Searching on cars.com, ebay motors, etc... most examples of 96-2000 Tacomas like mine seem to be selling for $4,000+. I would be happy to take $2500 and fix it myself
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My son was hit from behind a few years ago in an older infinity I30 and I was able to get the other ins company to give me cash, keep the car and not have iit listed as totaled/salvage title.. I did get full cash value for the car., around $3500. I had the trunk fixed and pocketed the difference
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:39 AM   #8
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My son was hit from behind a few years ago in an older infinity I30 and I was able to get the other ins company to give me cash, keep the car and not have iit listed as totaled/salvage title.. I did get full cash value for the car., around $3500. I had the trunk fixed and pocketed the difference
Sweet, that would be ideal for me, I found a bumper today for $75 locally, I could put that bad boy on, pound a few dents, and be back on the road hopefully with some $$$ in my pocket

I also have been looking for replacements, but people generally don't seem to want to sell their old Tacomas, and when they do it is for $4000+, even for a 96 with 200K+ miles.
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