Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Tinley Park
Location: Tinley Park
Sportbike: Honda Interceptor
Years Riding: including today?
My van was stolen a few years ago. It was recovered an hour or so later. The cops called and said I could pick it up from the tow yard the next day. I go to get it and the front is crashed. The head lights weren't broke and the bumper wasn't hit, the hood was bent from the core support being hit. I get to the tow yard and the guy says that I cant drive it. I ask to see it and he gives me shit about how I can't go in the yard. Anyway after I see it he goes on about all the used Astro parts he has on hand. Oh, did I say it's also a body shop? He dosen't accept my ins. co. Farmers ins. But I can pay up front to have it fixed and then get a check from Farmers. I think the motherfucker backed into it with the wheel lift on the tow truck so he could sell his used parts. I tell him fuck you. I call my agent, and he recomends a shop here in Tinley Pk. It's a Farmers preferred shop, and they go get my truck and bring it back and fix it. OK do it. The "preffered" shop took 6 weeks to do 40 hrs. of labor to fix it. After a month, Farmers calls to say my rental car privledge is over, and now it's my nickel. Fuck that. I took it where you told me to. If they can't do a 40 hr. job in 4 weeks let them pay for the rental. Farmers continues paying for the rental. After 6 weeks I get my van back. Lets see here 6 weeks devided by 40 hrs. They spent less than 1 day a week working on it. I finally get it back. I drive it home, about 5 min to get home, and park it. I go to work the next day, and get about 10 min from home and the temp gauge is pegged on hot. Now WTF. Let it cool a bit and check the radiator. EMPTY. I get back home, and have to put more than 2 gallons of water in. I call the shop and bitch. The guy tells me that the mechanic has done that before. Why the fuck does he still have a job? I then inspect further and find that the upper shroud is missing, as are the radiator support brackets. The only thing keeping the NEW radiator out of the fan is the upper rad hose. The truck is also really loud to drive. The asshole threw away all the tubes that lead to the air cleaner housing. And they installed the wrong fan. I pitched such a bitch with Farmers about the whole episode that the shop actually had it's preffered status taken away. The only upside to all this is that: Farmers reccomended the shop so they had to intervene and make things right. This was not a 1 pump shit hole shop either. It was a big, beautiful facilty like might be show cased in bodyshop trade publications, or DuPont refinishers news. They had their own mixing system, a couple of hi-tech paint boothes and a high tech frame rack. They just had a bunch of careless motherfuckers working there.
I still carry Farmers ins. They took care of the rest of the claim well. All the stuff that was stolen out of the truck was replaced. And because the truck was stolen, they paid for all the towing and storage fees.
Ken, I hope your ordeal will be a little less painful.