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Old 04-07-2015, 03:40 PM   #11
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A very small update. I have an appointment with the insurance provider on Thursday morning and they'll look it over and give me an estimate. I'll also have to give a written statement because there were more than two vehicles involved.

I also called my autobody shop of choice and they said because it's an insurance claim, once I get the paperwork I can go there at any time without an appointment. Once the parts are ordered and arrive, then they'll start the work. Last time it took two weeks to get the parts in and two days for the work; they weren't happy with some of the parts so they had to reorder them.

Understandably, we're anxious to get this done quickly so it doesn't interfere with any of our camping plans.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:42 AM   #12
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Geoff I have found that most rental companies will not let you tow with their vehicles anyway... even if they have a hitch..
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:57 AM   #13
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Well, that's a bummer. I don't think you have any worries about your truck being a write off. From your photos, you don't even need the front bumper replaced. Just the plastic air dam and tow hook. I'm guessing a new rear bumper, and you are set to go. A day in the shop and it is done.
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:27 AM   #14
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This rental place just might let you tow......
Calgary Car rental Canada Vancouver car rental Toronto cheap
although it seems they don't have a location in Manitoba....hmmmm
My point is, don't give up hope just yet, either way.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:42 PM   #15
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We'll find out tomorrow, when I take it in for the insurance adjustor to inspect. Then on Friday, assuming they don't write it off, I'll take it to the bodyshop. Even though it's 11 years old, there's very little rust on it, and you even have to look for that. The inside shows normal wear, a few dings and scrapes on the outside. New tires, brakes and shocks in 2014. Tonneau cover and spray-in bed liner. 167,000 km (about 104,000 miles). The usual 5.3 litre V8 and 4 speed transmission, manual transfer case. I'm not the first owner, but I have owned it for almost half its life. So I think it's in pretty good shape for its age. If they do decide to write it off I'll beg them not to. A used pickup around here about 5 years old with comparable features goes for $20,000+, and that's something we can't do right now, especially since we haven't even signed on the dotted line for our new trailer.

And that's something else that adds insult to injury. I heard from the dealership today and it's in! It's in their shop right now going through the PDI and all that stuff, and they wanted to make an appointment to do the walkthrough and sign the papers. I told them about the accident but assured them we'll be there to pick it up, once I finish dealing with all the other stuff.
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Another rental option -- U-Haul.
Last year, our daughter rented a U-Haul cube van to move some stuff. I could not help but notice a 2 inch hitch receiver, clearly marked as 10,000 lb capable. In recent years, I remember seeing one going down the highway with a travel trailer in tow. How about that eh? Too radical?

Sometimes insurance companies are too quick to write off vehicles. Our other daughter had an 9 year old Honda Civic. A collision that was not her fault resulted in the passenger door skin needed to be replaced. Just the skin! The insurance insisted on scrapping the vehicle, because the repair cost was about 80% of the book value of the vehicle. That Honda was removed far too early.
Hopefully, they spare your truck.
I should add, the insurance company cut a check for the book value of the Honda, but that did go far to replacing the vehicle.
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They shouldn't be writing it off BUT if they do buy it back and then fix it yourself.. the damage does not appear to be that bad..
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:31 PM   #18
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You know if your insurance totals your truck you can buy it back from your insurance company for pennies on the dollar.
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I just finished with the insurance. $3,000 damage, including labor. They didn't write it off, and it was actually less than what I thought. I'll be talking to the body shop tomorrow. Hopefully they can get it into work on soon. I'll still have to pay my deductible while they do their accident investigation, but I'll get it back when they finish.

I pointed out the hitch to the estimator and he said that it looked okay, just the frame was bent where it mounts. It does say subject to inspection on the paperwork, so the body shop has final say on that.
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Very good news. Even if there is a little bend in the frame-hitch, they can easily straighten that, no sweat.
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