Date: 29 Aug 2004 08:39:56 -0700
From: fristnospamt.edu (R. Frist)
Subject: Re: Saab got hurt!!!!


Laura wrote: > The car is driveable. Out of alignment and one headlight is pointed up, but > doesn't seem to have any other handling problems. I'm going to have my mechanic > here take a look under it on Monday and see what he thinks. > I've got a good friend who owns one of the largest body shops in South Georgia. > Does great work. I want to drive it down to him and have him do it. He'll keep > the price down as much as he can. Will also tell me if it's not worth doing. My > insurance agent is also in Georgia. > Having a repaired car doesn't bother me. I only get a new car when the old one > is so far gone that it gets towed for junk. > Part the problem is I really want to stick with the hatchback. I've seen some > 1997 9000s in Connecticut that look affordable if I get cash from insurance. > Anyone have any experience with Roberti in New York or Robert Motor Cars in > Woodbury, CN? _______ Hi Laura, > One of the hassles of running older cars is the decrepancy over how much the car is worth to you and what the insurance companies offer. To make you whole they should either repair the car at any cost or offer some compensation for your time and trouble of finding a replacement. I suspect that the insurance companies have lobbyists that make sure that things don't work this way. My significant other just went through this. Her beloved 1995 Mazda Millenia was declared totaled after being hit by a drunken driver. We tried to get either the Kelley Blue book retail value or the Edmund's retail value for the car but the insurance companies have apparently colluded to develop they own so-called Red Book which in our case was a $1000 below even fair condition cars listed by the other reveiwers. It helped a little to complain. They added a couple of hundred to their first offer when we listed all the options on the car and showed receipts for new tires, etc. After two discourgaging weeks it turns out there was a silver lining. While looking at used Volvos at a Volvo dealership she fell in love with a 1999 Saab 9-5 SE automatic they had. This was a surprise to me because she thinks my 9000CSE drives like a tank (I think this is because she wrestles with the manual transmission). She liked the handling and comfort of the 9-5 better than a Volvo A80. It is a creampuff that we got for a very resonable price. I think there is an advantage in buying used Saabs from a reputable non-Saab dealership. They may have more incentive to get them off their lots. I glad you were not hurt and hope that things work out as well as they have for us. Good luck, R. Frist

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