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Dealership drove my car into a pond. FMYLIFE....updated!!

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Old 03-20-2010, 06:25 PM   #21
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well they'll argue it's your fault because of the remote start but if they had the ebrake on it just would have stalled, maybe jumped a curb, but wouldn't have ghost ridden off into a pond

bottom line it was in their possession, they were operating it, it's on their property, and they left it with the ebrake off so it's their fault.

that car is done, you can't fix that but that's why you, and the dealer, have insurance. they totaled your car so their insurance will cover your claim. don't worry about the deductible, since you're not at fault the other insurance company has to cover it. the fight will be covering all your mods and paying you enough to get a new car. ideally what needs to happen is you get a new car along with the extra money to mod it the same way your old car was, that's when lawyers might have to get involved.

personally if the dealer is putting up any resistance don't even bother dealing with them, just work with your insurance company, they already have lawyers and that's what they do. I'd get to know why insurance rep real well and you'll have to be a squeaky wheel or they'll drag their feet. and remember you don't have to agree to everything, they can't force you to settle, drag it out for months if you have to. I had a claim when my first car was stolen, I dragged that out for 6 months till I got the money I wanted for it. sucks but don't let them push you around.
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That is absolutely heartbreaking. Good luck in the fight that ensues and let us know how it goes. I think everyone here is hoping for a new 2011 GT for you.

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Old 03-20-2010, 06:35 PM   #23
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Ya my insurance company rep said the same thing when I told him my email address which is the same luckydawg003.
Hopefully Ford will handle it. If not my insurance will get the money from them. It was on their property in their back fenced in lot. The Service guy had the keys. Not my fault if he doesn't know how to just unlock a car instead of hitting my remote start button twice.
I think I'll look up attorneys tomorrow just to make sure I don't get screwed here. Sucks that my car is underwater though.

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I don't think remote starters are suppose to be installed on manuals.
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:26 PM   #25
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Buddy its going to be fine sucks that brandon ford did this but I believe your going to be taken care.
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They'll give you the value of the car + cover rental. No worries.

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That's exactly why it never made sense to me having a remote start with a manual transmission.

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That's exactly why it never made sense to me having a remote start with a manual transmission.
Seems like every car i know with a remote start on a manual has started it in gear.

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Old 03-20-2010, 08:08 PM   #29
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kinda funny, my buddy had remote start on his hyundai. one day he was working on his nitrous install and hit the button to unlock it and accidentally started it in gear. lol, the car pinned him against the wall as it chugged and tried to start for 10 seconds. he was ok, more embarrassed than anything.

I personally wouldn't install a remote start on my car since it's manual and I just don't think I would use it enough to be worth the money. but if I did do it I'd just get a neutral switch so if it wasn't left in neutral it just wouldn't start.

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Old 03-20-2010, 08:26 PM   #31
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I'm sorry, but I laughed for like 10 mins because I was sure this was a joke.
I'm sure it will all work out. If they give you S@#T just say "well, I did always want to own a little ford dealership"....and get an attorney involved.

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Old 03-20-2010, 08:58 PM   #32
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I'd consult a lawyer for safe measure, dont sign any paperwork with the dealer. Just tell them you want your attorney to go over it so that you know you're not getting screwed. Personally I wouldnt settle for a used GT off their lot assuming you bought your car new. I dont like buying used. I'd go for the money of a brand new similarly optioned car for the price of what you owe'd on your 07.

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Old 03-20-2010, 09:08 PM   #33
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Completely Unbelievable....Forget the "They will give you the value of the car" crap...That is CRAP. I hope you get a NEW car, prefarably an '11
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:01 PM   #34
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Wow, sorry to hear about this. If I were you I'd make a trip down there tomorrow and look around for any security cameras they have mounted. It might take a lawyer to get a copy of the tape, but having the mishap on video would be useful if it ends up in a fight. I bet the local TV stations would love to have a copy of the video.

I don't see how the dealer could try and get out of this. They have insurance too. It will be a matter of them filing a claim with their insurance.

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Old 03-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #35
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The dealer is at primary fault in my opinion. Although the installer should have known to attach it to the ebrake sensor. However be very glad no one was injured or killed. If they had been the dealer, the installer and you would have ended up being sued and most likely the judgement would have included you as well as the installer and dealer.

You cant really use a remote start on a correctly parked manual because you are supposed to park in gear with the emergency brake on. Ebrake Cables have a habit of failing.

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Old 03-20-2010, 10:21 PM   #36
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Assume the remote start was designed to be used with a manual... may end up paying for the fence and the recovery. At least no one got killed.
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I lol'd when i read this for the first time lol sorry. but yeah, that really sucks man, i could see why they wanna blame it on you but ITS THEIR FAULT. The guy shouldnt have been messing around with your key fob and hitting buttons or anything. Im pretty sure that its safe to say, you will get something of equal or great (hopefully) value out of this.

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Old 03-21-2010, 12:16 AM   #40
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Holy **** that sucks.

I don't know why all remote starters don't have the features my old one had. In order to remote start it, it had to be in "ready mode." Which involved pressing a button while the car was stopped, turning the key off (engine would stay running), getting out of the car and when you lock the doors, the engine would shut off. This would ensure the car is in neutral. And if you open a door it would take the car out of ready mode (to ensure you didnt put it in gear).

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