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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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The totaled car saga: A turn for the better
If Progressive Insurance is the villain in this tale of auto errata, then Mark Hudoba of Walser Collision and Glass in Bloomington is the hero. After much worry and calls to several insurance companies, estimators and body shops, my car is back home.
discussion of options behind cut because you probably don't careCollapse )
Plan D: Have Walser C & G bang out the wheel well so the tire doesn't hit it and use a suction cup to pop out the worst of the dents in the door. Mark didn't charge me anything. The car is still salvage, which will affect resale, it looks like it's 10 years old (which it is), I'm not done negotiating with Progressive and next time I get my oil changed at Amigo I'm also going to have them check the alignment.

I'm going to take the money and run. Amazingly, since I can almost certainly get more for the car in its current condition than Progressive thinks, I have enough from the settlement and theoretical sale for a sizable down payment on a new car. But I'm not going to do that. I still like the Emerald Starship, dents and all.

Current condition after Mark did some quick work with hammer and suction cup and I applied the first coating of touch-up paint. Compare original dents.

Thanks to everyone who commented and made suggestions. You were a big help.

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