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#1 elder

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:40 PM

Healing vibes are needed for my 4-runner please. She took another one for the team. 3rd accident with family in tow, and once again I was grateful we were in the bigger vehicle.

Long story short, I was a block from home after picking the kids up from school Thursday night, stopped making a left IN FRONT OF MY AUTOBODY, when a woman stops to let me go. Of course someone else came cruising down and passed her on the right...SMASH into the front right corner of the 4-runner. Everyone was ok. The kids I have to say were not fazed after going through this just 2 winters ago. May have bent the wheel. His car was pretty mushed. Airbag deployed.

I just backed her right into Jimmy's (the autobody) parking lot. Now she sits awaiting estimates and insurance and all that.

But Jimmy will rebuild her.

She's been through it before, taking shots for the family, keeping us safe. Get better quick girl :heart:

#2 nancykind

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:42 PM

glad everyone is okay :heart:

i saw a segment on a news show about that exact situation being used as an insurance scam

#3 TheDHJ

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:45 PM

Gla you're ok but lol'd at the image of you rolling your eyes and backing in to Jimmy's.

#4 Tim the Beek

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:57 PM

<3 Glad everyone's ok.

#5 Spidergawd

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:59 PM

Whoa - glad you're all okay!! :heart:

#6 Eddie Z

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 03:48 PM

Glad everyone's OK.

While in an Ambulance Driver's Safety class several years back, we were told of a story of an ambulance driver who was successfully sued for something kind of similar. The ambulance driver saw a person trying to cross the street. They stopped in the middle of the block, and waved the pedestrian in front of the ambulance. While the pedestrian crossed the street..a passing car took out the pedestrian... The lawsuit worked because the Ambulance driver had taken on the role of a traffic officer, for which she was not trained for, nor did she have a duty to act as. By not knowing what she was doing, she put the pedestrian in harms way. Didn't matter if the Ambulance driver was trying to help....what mattered was a pedestrian got killed.

Sounds like your accident has similar tones to it.

#7 -Q-

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

hope you can fix her. you need her to sleep under

#8 elder

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:41 PM

If I hadn't known the autobody mechanic for the last 10 years or so (3 time repeat customer) I might have been suspicious. Instead it was just a big WTF.

Bought her new in 1999, no accidents except for my own bumping off of things kind of stuff. The last 4 years she's been rear ended, hit in the front left, hit in the front right. 180,000 miles, she's like an old prizefighter now taking them on the chin, getting back up.

I've already decided we keep going this way until she can't anymore.
Then I buy another new 4-runner just like her.

#9 PeaceFrog

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:44 PM

why won't you buy American?

#10 tiedyesky

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:50 PM

If I hadn't known the autobody mechanic for the last 10 years or so (3 time repeat customer) I might have been suspicious. Instead it was just a big WTF.

Bought her new in 1999, no accidents except for my own bumping off of things kind of stuff. The last 4 years she's been rear ended, hit in the front left, hit in the front right. 180,000 miles, she's like an old prizefighter now taking them on the chin, getting back up.

I've already decided we keep going this way until she can't anymore.
Then I buy another new 4-runner just like her.


Good luck either way, so glad you're all safe <3
I did the same with my last Explorer XLT....the new Explorer XLT isn't 'quite' as wonderful, but still, that familiarity and love of a vehicle is there :)

#11 elder

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:52 PM

why won't you buy American?


I've had nothing but great luck with Toyota.

Since my first car, a 4 cylinder, 5 speed manual corolla.
I soon upgraded to the sportier cellica, which I drove for 12 years, 200k and across the country (sold her to a deadhead out there when I moved back east).

Back here in north Jersey we needed 4 wheel capability, and I knew the 4-runner was it.
I've loved every mile with her.

Perfect size for a SUV for me, not too big, still tough enough for most off road stuff I would do. Makes a great place to sleep.

#12 PieDoh

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:11 AM

glad you're ok.

#13 elder

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:47 PM

Thanks for the well wishes.
My son said to me yesterday maybe he should drive with Mommy since other cars crash into me :(

#14 Jambear

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:48 PM

Glad your ok and the family is safe.

Love my 4 Runner.

#15 insolent cur

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:55 PM

very glad you guys are alright! :heart:

#16 mountain mama

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:16 PM

<3 really glad you're all ok! 4runner vibes to ya...i recently traded mine in on a sequoia and i love it!

#17 elder

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:25 PM

Ah, you're the one who just got a sequoia?!
I thought I dreamt it that someone I knew was showing me their sequoia. Is it white?

#18 mountain mama

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:09 PM

it's sand, man...
:peace:

#19 elder

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

it's sand, man...
:peace:


Of course.
They're sweet too. Like a bigger version of the 4runner...
Maybe someday... when I grow up...

#20 vinandtonic

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

glad you're all okay!

#21 tyedyedee

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:28 PM

i love 4runners for keeping people i love safe :heart:

#22 elder

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:30 PM

I went to check on her progress today to find out the estimator might "total" her :cry1:
She's hangin' on, but not by much :heart:

So now begins that long, horrible process of .... shopping for...A NEW ONE!! :dance: I mean :cry1:

#23 Feck

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:38 PM

maybe you can get is back for the salvage value and then fix it at your shop with the payment ?

#24 elder

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:43 PM

maybe you can get is back for the salvage value and then fix it at your shop with the payment ?


Yeah, I don't know.
Its been 3 beatings now in 5 years, suspension this time too. We'll see. I may take it as a sign (says the non religous guy)

#25 Jambear

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

2013 4 runner sport.

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#26 Feck

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

sound like you have a good shop, they will let you know if it's worth it.
good luck

#27 elder

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:56 PM

2013 4 runner sport.

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that costs so much money

#28 Jambear

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:58 PM

you only live once. :wink:

Plus think of the security it provides for the family.

#29 elder

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:02 PM

you're right, maybe I should look at the sequoia or trailblazer

#30 CTMuleman

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

you only live once. :wink:

Plus think of the security it provides for the family.


Both inside and underneath! :thumbsup:

#31 Cheezdude

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:12 PM

No, do not look at those. 4 Runners may not be perfect, but they beat any GM SUV's any day.
I love my 02 4 Runner. 120k and a few problems, but still going strong. :beard:

#32 Eddie Z

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:36 PM

Let go of her. She did her job. Time to welcome the new improved, better, shinier, safer, cooler ride into the family.

#33 Jambear

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

yup......get the 4 runner.

You know how good it was i would get another one in a second.

#34 TEO

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:01 PM

:smile: :heart:

#35 PeaceFrog

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:19 PM

(trailblazer)

#36 elder

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 11:17 PM

:picardfp: I typed trailblazer didn't I?
I was thinking land cruiser.

#37 sarah b.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:41 AM

Glad no one was hurt. Looking forward to seeing your new ride.

#38 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:39 AM

Tom, I've been buying Toyotas and Hondas exclusively for the past few years. I buy used and get crazy deals. We have a Sequoia...and while it kicks ass in the Colorado winter...it's almost TOO big when it comes to parking, etc.

#39 elder

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

I have test driven the sequoia, love it, but its too big for me.
the 4 runner was always the perfect fit. tough enough for what I do, but I could drive it around town or the city and parallel it anywhere.

right now I'm debating spending the $36k for a new 2012 vs. 2011 29,000 miles, $29k.
they don't depraciate as much so I'm leaning new but I don't know....

#40 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:47 AM

At that point, it's almost worth the extra $6k.

I never buy a warranty...you know how it goes...take care of her and she'll do the same.

#41 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:51 AM

I found some awesome resources I used while buying my last car...worked like a charm and I got the deal I wanted...looking now for you.

#42 elder

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:51 AM

right
did you kow that they make trucks with CD PLAYERS now!!

:lol:

#43 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:53 AM

:rotf:

One of the best things I did was get financing pre-approved at my credit union.

#44 elder

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:02 AM

good idea.
I've been a memeber of the telco credit union out here for long time.

#45 elder

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:05 AM

One good thing is I get a check for the truck since its totaled, plus I sold it tonight to the owner of the autobody
makes the pain of buying a new that much less

#46 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:08 AM

http://abcnews.go.co...l-used-11884684

That video really helped me out even though the reporter is annoying. Those tactics work...for me.

#47 elder

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:20 AM

just watched it, thanks.
I'll be happy to say that I follow pretty much everything suggested. i didn't know it, but I guess I know what I'm doing.

but I make buting things of this magnitude a job. I research, and test drive, and interview.

by the time I'm ready to buy I pretty much know exactky what I want and how much I expect to pay

#48 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:33 AM

Yeah that's the way to go. :thup:

#49 nrsneedles

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:38 AM

hey tc! sumpin' told me to family board tonight. glad u and the fam's alright. so sorry to see ur runner go. lotsa good times following u in her, hahahaha...happy hunting

#50 elder

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:45 AM

Wow, my ole' 4runner even brought my dear Nursey. Miss you and the crazy times with her.