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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Need Insurance Advice

There's some really dumb drivers in my area and they seem to like my car. I need some advice on how to handle this. Here's the back story:

Back in May of this year I was out catching a movie, while I was parking some chick put her car in reverse and t-boned my car. I know this shop did shoddy work since the car has been back there once already for them to fix the doors that didn't line up, the back bumper that didn't line up, and the fact my front speaker cuts in and out whenever I go over a bump.

Since then I've found some other issues, ie: if I don't drive my car for a week the battery goes dead. That's probably the worst of what I've found, the rest I've fixed myself since I don't trust this shop to do it.

Where I need advice is that the shop is being difficult about figuring out this electrical problem. Insurance is saying that unless I have a mechanic take a look at it and provide proof they won't repair it (they want $80/hr to find it). I've tried looking for it myself but I can't find it, and now on Friday some douche bag rear ended me. Insurance is going to take a look at my car Wednesday morning...

What should I do? I don't want to get stuck with a $80/hr repair bill and a big court battle with insurance.... I don't want to do anything illegal... and I'm concerned if I take my car to another shop to have the work done that no one will take responsibility for this short circuit somewhere in my car. Any advice would be appreciated.

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hmm that is a tricky situation. Its possible however that the shop cant find it because they are stalling on you, so they dont have to take a hit for it. Still, I find that stuff is kind of hard to prove, that the damage wasnt caused by the initial impact anyways. Sometimes you have to let go of the past, and look ahead, even though it kind of sucks that way. I think you should get it checked out else where, that way you can atleast get your car in good condition again.

Im no insurance expert though.
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Re: Need Insurance Advice

Maybe talk to the shop that's fixing the rear bumper and have them look for the electrical problem while they're at it, hoping they'll be good samaritans and help you out? Worth a shot.

Other than that, I would say find a family friend, or a guy who knows a guy, who knows electronics and have them look at it.



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Well, I've contemplated getting the new shop to take a look at it. I have a long standing relationship with them and they've been co-operative in the past. As far as this goes I'm willing to even just say whatever and drive the car once a week so it doesn't go dead (this is only a problem in the summer when I ride my motorcycle).

I've gone out and bought a multimeter so I can figure out where the drain is but I'm having some issues with finding it. I hooked the multimeter up in series with the battery to measure current. I began pulling fuses one by one and it seems like the 0.4A drain is only there for the first 15 minutes and then the drain drops down to 0. So I'm not even 100% sure this is a fault of the accident which is why I'm reluctant to pay someone $80/hr to troubleshoot it. All I know is this was never a problem till the accident.

I've already talked to this shop and they're already being pretty good samaritans. They've agreed to fix a few of the other minor issues from the previous shop. They had a really good chuckle when I told them there's a dead mosquito in my tail light. They've also agreed to buff out some of the stone chips in the hood and on the mirrors and passenger side of the car free of charge.

I wish I had taken my car back to Saskatoon and had them do the original claim....

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[quote author=crazyduckme link=topic=170238.msg3604641#msg3604641 date=1270657899]
Like I said before... I'm not sure if I want to be a rider. If I ever do decide to do it, I will be starting small! lol
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Have you had the battery tested to see if it just won't hold a charge?

Do you have an aftermarket radio? We put one in our other car and the battery would need charging once a week, until we put a kill switch on the main radio's power line. the power to remember presets and the time was killing the battery

Possibly a problem with the alternator? It could be malfunctioning and not recharging the battery enough to make it last.



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[quote author=siscim23 link=topic=158892.msg3376109#msg3376109 date=1255964966]
Have you had the battery tested to see if it just won't hold a charge?

Do you have an aftermarket radio? We put one in our other car and the battery would need charging once a week, until we put a kill switch on the main radio's power line. the power to remember presets and the time was killing the battery

Possibly a problem with the alternator? It could be malfunctioning and not recharging the battery enough to make it last.
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The battery has been replaced. I do have an aftermarket radio but it's been in there for almost 2 years now and hasn't caused any issues.

The alternator is a possibility. How would I get that tested?

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[quote author=crazyduckme link=topic=170238.msg3604641#msg3604641 date=1270657899]
Like I said before... I'm not sure if I want to be a rider. If I ever do decide to do it, I will be starting small! lol
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No idea



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[quote author=siscim23 link=topic=158892.msg3376152#msg3376152 date=1255966558]
No idea
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lol wanna trade cars?

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[quote author=crazyduckme link=topic=170238.msg3604641#msg3604641 date=1270657899]
Like I said before... I'm not sure if I want to be a rider. If I ever do decide to do it, I will be starting small! lol
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I've got problems too. My idle bounces and causes the headlights, and any other lights on the car, to dim and brighten with the bouncing.



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take it to a local autozone...they can will test your altenator for free...is your battery light on? often if the battery light is on the altenator is bad (not sure about the MZ3 or MS3 but that is how it was in everyone other car i owned) i burned through altenators all the time as i had a pretty wicked audio set up in my cars eventually had to get a high output one


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