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Just got my bumper smashed into by anther car


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Just when I get my car running perfect, I'm on my way to Intro to Philosophy about a half a block away from my house at a stop light. I'm about 5 feet away from the car in front of me (left him tons of room), for some reason he puts on his reverse lights and starts backing up. I honk my horn over and over then just keep it on and he smashes into the front of my car. I got all his info and just filed a report with his insurance agency.

This is the first time I've ever been in an accident. Luckily it's only the front bumper that took damage. The guy was like well it's only a little bumper no big deal at all and I was like dude wtf you can't just walk into Autozone and buy one of these. He didn't understand... His car was unscratched.

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Man, I feel sorry for you, pardner! I would be livid if that were to happen

to one of our cars. As a former Paratrooper/Ranger I would be strongly

tempted to make the dude the subject of a martial arts demonstration.

Unfortunate, yes, but fortunately, he didn't mash the peak of your hood.

That was always a major concern in the early Z Cars, say 69-72. 73s got

a little better.

Are you insured with Hagerty? If so, they not only will not hassle you,

they will also help you locate the appropriate replacement bumper.

All Z Best,...........................Kathy & Rick

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Oh man! Reminds me of when I got my '75 Z all painted up nicely, new rims, looking sharp. I was at a light with a Volvo 240 wagon in front of me. When the light turned green, the kid in front shifted into reverse and "peeled out," apparently to impress his girlfriend. (I'm guessing she wasn't very impressed.) He ate my hood, headlight buckets and lights, signal lights, and air cleaner. The bumper was fine. Fortunately parts were easily available (not yet an antique), and he had a good insurance company.

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Yup Hagerty helped me find the correct parts that I wanted. Not the 76 bumper, but a 72 bumper like the one I had on my 76 when it got hit. Good luck with the dealings.

Hey Dave,

Do you mind sharing where Hagerty sent you for a replacement 72 bumper?

Thanks,

Marc

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I would go by local chrome shop & get a printed estimate to refurbish that one (doesnt look that bad). If you are willing to do the labor of taking off & replace, may be better then before for about 300-400 bucks. I'd be surprised if insurance company gives you allot of grief over that.

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Just got off the phone with his insurance rep. Because there wasn't a police report I have to wait for the insurance company to get hold of the guy who hit me to confirm it happened.

Anyone know what's happens if they can't get hold of this guy? There's no police report and I'm just sort of paranoid that they'll close the case if he doesn't respond. I tend to be a pessimist and I'm just trying to think what will happen worst case. Other than that I was told to get a shop quote and email him the pictures I took right after the accident.

I wish I have Hagerity but I daily drive my Z (at least until it snows) and don't have a garage/drive way to store it in.

Off to go get a quote we'll see how this goes.

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When I had someone hit my car in the garage under my building, I never even called the other driver's insurance (USAA). She left a note, so I got her information, I called MY insurance company (AllState), told them what happened, gave them the info, and let them handle everything. I ended up getting my car repaired at one of the best places in town. Cost a pretty penny (5x what AllState's adjuster "estimated"), had a rental car for the entire time also, but my insurance company did not fight me on it - the other company was paying for all of it (no deductible or any BS like that).

You may have problems because there was no police report. The other guy could just as soon change his story and say YOU ran into HIM, and most people would probably believe it just because the front of your car made contact with the back of his car. If you don't have a witness to corroborate your story, it's just your word against his, and that is not a good position to be in...

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When I had someone hit my car in the garage under my building, I never even called the other driver's insurance (USAA). She left a note, so I got her information, I called MY insurance company (AllState), told them what happened, gave them the info, and let them handle everything. I ended up getting my car repaired at one of the best places in town. Cost a pretty penny (5x what AllState's adjuster "estimated"), had a rental car for the entire time also, but my insurance company did not fight me on it - the other company was paying for all of it (no deductible or any BS like that).

You may have problems because there was no police report. The other guy could just as soon change his story and say YOU ran into HIM, and most people would probably believe it just because the front of your car made contact with the back of his car. If you don't have a witness to corroborate your story, it's just your word against his, and that is not a good position to be in...

Yes this is what I've been thinking about, because it did happen so close to my house I called my dad right away and he got there within a couple of minutes. My dad herd him say that he hit into my car. I know he isn't exactly a witness to the event but he was a witness to him admitting fault.

I'll give Gieco a call tomorrow and tell them what happened. I didn't call them to began with because I don't want my rate to increase.

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You may have problems because there was no police report. The other guy could just as soon change his story and say YOU ran into HIM, and most people would probably believe it just because the front of your car made contact with the back of his car. If you don't have a witness to corroborate your story, it's just your word against his, and that is not a good position to be in...

Agreed. Here is my lesson learned story: About three years ago I was in my daily driver and leaving a parking garage when the guy in front of me backs up into me. There was a car turning into the garage and he had pulled out too far and it didn't occur to him that there was a whole line of people behind him. He paused for a minute, then left the garage. I thought he was going to pull over, so I catch up and follow along side him. He is in the center lane and going nowhere but straight ahead. I roll down my window and yell at him, and he ignores me and keeps driving ahead. I keep at it and he finally looks over and says "sorry" and shrugs his shoulders like "what do you want me to do about it". Then he finally pulls over. He doesn't say much and we exchange info and go about our way. I call his insurance the next morning and they say, yes, he has already called and said I hit him. His insurance company says it is my word against his unless I have a witness. Well, there were lots of other people in the garage, but trying to track them down would be pretty hard. Then it occurs to me that there were cameras in the garage, so I call around and get in touch with security. They look back at the footage and there is a shot directly at the exit that shows the whole thing. They send me a DVD with the footage. I send it to his insurance company and they cover the repairs. Next time I get in ANY kind of accident I am not leaving without calling the police.

-Mike

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Anther thing I forgot to mention even to the claim rep is the other guy didn't even want my info. I only got his info. But yes lesson learned big time, next time (hopefully there won't be one) I'm calling the police asap.

Hopefully this all works out in the end. I'll keep everyone posted. I did manage to take a picture of his bumper right after it occurred (shows no damage).

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Hagerty let me choose a bumper of my choice with an allowance of about $700 for it. They offered to work with the restoration shops parts specialist, but before they let the hounds loose, I found one on ebay as a re-chromed original for $400, I called all the parties involved, they approved, and I bought it, and delivered it to the shop. Finding a NOS one would be tough and expensive for sure.

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sorry man. I really love the old bumper style but hey, if you're 280 still had the original "park bench" then you most likely would not have a claim.

Anyhow it seems there is a curse that when you have you're z running just right and it's cleaned and polished inside and out some dumb ars hits you're car :angry:

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