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Old 08-05-2016   #11
 
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Condolences, I had a similar experience a few years back. My insurance company tried to fight the shuttle company, but got nowhere in the end with them. I too had fishy details to the reason my car was totaled. I heard many times, "he was going no more than 20 MPH and hit a soft spot on the road and corrected which sent him hurling off the road." It was a custom camper so the issuance company did not know how to value it and finally had an estimator go over it. I bought it less than one year earlier and was out about $5k once all was settled. The whole thing was quite a nightmare.
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Old 08-06-2016   #12
 
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I have a friend who left Idaho after a Salmon trip (I think it was a Main, since HW kept them off the MF). They got about 400 miles and the truck shit the bed. Took it to a mechanic, investigated, and found gasoline in the diesel tank. The shuttle company owner drove out to meet them, put them up in a hotel, and paid to have all the fuel lines, injectors, etc replaced.
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Old 08-06-2016   #13
 
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I have a friend who left Idaho after a Salmon trip (I think it was a Main, since HW kept them off the MF). They got about 400 miles and the truck shit the bed. Took it to a mechanic, investigated, and found gasoline in the diesel tank. The shuttle company owner drove out to meet them, put them up in a hotel, and paid to have all the fuel lines, injectors, etc replaced.
Bummer! I think an easy way to avoid this particular problem is to ensure you leave the shuttler with a full or sufficiently full tank of gas.
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Old 08-06-2016   #14
 
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Main Salmon = 400 mile shuttle.

Sounds like they did a great job fixing a mistake they caused.

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Main Salmon = 400 mile shuttle.

Sounds like they did a great job fixing a mistake they caused.

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Shit, didn't realize the shuttle was that lengthy. Good lord, how much does that cost? They did the absolute right thing by fixing that guy's car and taking care of him.
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Old 08-06-2016   #16
 
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Shit, didn't realize the shuttle was that lengthy. Good lord, how much does that cost? They did the absolute right thing by fixing that guy's car and taking care of him.
Anywhere from $350-$400 sometimes a bit less and sometimes way more (when something happens) For the MS, typically they also ask for $100 in gas money that they provide receipts for and return the unused balance.
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Old 08-06-2016   #17
 
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The waiver is just a document and will not hold up in court. This is just the first line of defense. The shuttle company has (or should have) a commercial auto policy for "driveaway" coverage that would pick up this exposure. Get a lawyer and make them pay. Your auto coverage should only trigger if the shuttle company had an expired policy or no coverage at all. Any shuttle company knowingly operating without this coverage will be shut down if you were to contact the local city government.
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FYI a common misconception is that insurance owes to replace your vehicle. This is not the case they owe you what an outside appraisal company values your vehicle at in its pre-loss condition. This does not sound like a big difference but it can be.

For example let's say you had a Leer canopy that cost two grand among other accessories, perhaps you just replaced the transmission. The insurance company will count the canopy as an option and add something like $150 to the value. The logic is what did that increase the value by not how much will it cost this guy to replace on another truck.

It's worth considering buying back the salvage often times also especially if you can recoop some of your losses by transferring accessories or parting out.

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Cool astro van. Would love to have one with the popular tent. Bummer.
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shuttle nightmares

my truck and trailer were wrecked on a deso shuttle. driver left the e brake off and truck running on a hill, stacked it on a pile of rocks. driver left me a note "sorry for any inconvienence" 6500.00 later it was fixed .the shuttle co made good on repairs. and all thier drivers now chock all wheels manditory per the boss
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