The GTO has been in need of a lil TLC lately. No time to fix the odds n ends, has a few things not working properly. One of them being the parking brake. It works but hasn't been working like it should. If I parked on a hill I left it in gear. No prob. Well, at home where I park is a very slight incline. Never worried about it because of the indentions in the dirt keep it in place. I've had it idling there w/o any brake on at all before. OK, so the GTO's at the house in the usual spot with ebrake on like it is every night or when it's parked. We decided to go out to eat dinner. Go eat, have fun, come home. I get home and the **** GTO is nuzzling the tree about 10 ft from where I parked it. Son of a rats wicked stepmother!
Damage isn't too bad, scraped the bumper cover, but it's not broke or cracked. The back side of the headlight broke off, but just the back corner piece, they headlight is still sealed. Lastly the fender got pushed in about 2 inches or so right behind the light. 2 inches in 2 inches back again nothing big. But, I'll get back to this in a bit.
So I call the insurance company, they set up to get the car to have it looked at by comming and towing it, and off to Enterprise I go. They had a yellow 5th gen on the lot so I got it, V6 auto, cloth interior. This is the first 5thgen I've actually driven for fear of making the mistake and trading an upsidedown car. For a V6 I was very impressed! It's definately nice and alot faster than I expected an auto to be.
That's where the little good news ends. We get a call from the adjuster (sp) and without even looking at the car they are calling for a "total loss" because it has 136K miles! The car rolls 10 feet with what I see as minor damage and they are talking about totalling the car out. What the hell? They said they will go look at it Friday and let me know by Monday. I'm a little miffed because I could have taken it to my body shop for an estimate, now it's sitting in a salvage yard awaiting an adjustor to decide it's fate. If they total it my stereo/speakers/cam/valvesprings/pushrods/ported oil pump etc are all going to be gone as they said it will just stay at the yard it's at. I'll get maybe 3/4 of what I owe and be stuck with the rest (no GAP) of the loan and loose a ton of stuff I won't have time nor access to remove.
Freaking 10 feet and a tree