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I am highly upset and not thinking clearly.

I am putting out the call to any and all who can provide insight, clarity, or general advice on my problem.

I attempted to retrieve my car today. The story of the trip will have to wait.

Upon arriving I was allowed to examine my car to determine what shape it was in. After a bit I was able to figure out how the thieves had broken the ignition, and could get it to crank a little. It looked to be otherwise fine.

I went back to the office to pay and ask for a jump. I discovered that they only take cash for towed vehicles, so they asked if I wanted to leave my keys and have them jump it while I walked to an ATM. With the ignition in the state it was I asked them to wait until I returned and kept the keys with me. This fact is important.

When I got back, the man in the office informed me that while I was gone they jumped and attempted to start my car (apparently with a screwdriver) and that there was hole blown in the engine. Sure enough, after escorting me to my car, there was a fresh puddle of engine oil running out of the front.

The gentleman who was there with me kept making a point of saying that my car must have been along side the road for more than a week, even after I insisted that was impossible. He even went so far as to tell me that he had Personally Seen it by the road for over a week before it was finally tagged for towing, making me suspicious that there is some legal reason they needed me to believe that. This same gentleman, who I later discovered was the one who jumped and started my car, spoke to me while walking back to the office about how he could get me an engine block very cheaply, and asked for my cell number. I gave it to him, and he called my cell so I would have his number as well. At this point I had no intention of buying anything from him, but was in evidence gathering mode.

The man in the office offered to forgive the storage fees and I could just pay for the tow and sign the car over to them for nothing if I didn't want it any more.

There was too much stuff in the car to bring home on the train, and having it towed home seemed financially unwise, so I am heading home again and asking the hivemind for help.

I am so angry right now I want to sue everything that moves.

Wat do?

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Call your insurance company

Date: 2011-06-28 06:42 pm (UTC)
drwex: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drwex
Presumably they're going to have to make good on anything that is to be done with the vehicle. Let them deal with these crooks.

Agree with DrWex

Date: 2011-06-28 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
Also, I would make a complaint with the police department as well.

Date: 2011-06-28 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asciikitty.livejournal.com
I agree with the two up there. Call your insurance company and the police - if you can talk to the same people who were dealing with it before, so much the better.

Date: 2011-06-28 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liquidj2.livejournal.com
definitely sounds shady...this sux

Date: 2011-06-28 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samuraizergling.livejournal.com
Unfortunately my financial situation when I insured the car did not allow for a comprehensive policy, only bodily and personal injury, limited collision, and property damage (others).

In short, insurance probably isn't going to do anything for me.

Unless someone comes along and announces that I have missed some important fact and should wait or that there is some obvious cover-up happening here, my intention is to go ahead and return tomorrow with a proper vehicle to gather my belongings with and sign the car over to them. It would be cheaper to replace it at this point than to try and repair it. If they hadn't been uniformly shady and seemingly dishonest, I probably would have just done it today and asked if they could hold me belongings, but they were so UNIFORMLY shady about the whole thing it made me stop and wonder.

P.S. I really wanted this post to be about how I got to eat my first Cheeseboy today.

P.P.S. It was tasty.
Edited Date: 2011-06-28 08:22 pm (UTC)

BBB?

Date: 2011-06-28 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetmmeblue.livejournal.com
I wonder if the Better Business Bureau could help you with resolution to get the money for this since they are the ones who went against your wishes and totaled the car. I'd still call the insurance company and ask them who to talk to for resolution even if the insurance company is not the right place to ask. Call a lawyer and see if you can get a 15 min consultation for free about this for advice who to talk to.

Date: 2011-06-28 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samuraizergling.livejournal.com
Now that the Hulk-Smash!-blood-rage has passed, I am starting to see things in a different perspective.

1) It is highly probable that the engine was already blown before the towing company did anything to the car (else why would the thieves abandon it on the side of the road?) Only the towing company's reaction to the situation made me think otherwise.

1.5) Once we allow for the above, the offer to get me a new cheap engine drains of all sinister overtones, and can thus be ignored.

2) The entire car cost $700. It was never meant to be a long-term solution. Just a bit longer than this.

3) I don't really have the luxury of time to be screwing around with all of this. I'm moving in two days.

So unless there is some hay to be made from the whole issue of the car being towed earlier than seven days, then I suppose I need to put it behind me and deal with other problems.

Thank you all for your help and advice over the past few hours. It really makes me feel good to know that I have people out there to count on for things like this.

Date: 2011-06-29 12:41 am (UTC)
mizarchivist: (Huh)
From: [personal profile] mizarchivist
I'd still call insurance on the principle. Ideally they should have waited for you to jump the car, so that's still not entirely cool.

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