12 September 2012

Losses and Lessons: ‘On a roll’ isn’t always a good thing

VEHICLE COVERED: 1961 Pontiac Catalina

WHAT WENT WRONG: We drive, park and walk away from our classics so routinely, we rarely consider the potential danger if the car should slip out of gear. But it happens more than you’d think. The owner of a 1961 Pontiac Catalina had just returned to his home in Virginia Beach after having the car detailed for an upcoming show. He parked in his driveway and walked inside to make a phone call when the Catalina rolled backward down the driveway, crossed the street and crashed into a neighbor’s tree.

DAMAGE/LOSS: Damage to the driver’s side rear of the vehicle – fender, bumper, trunk and taillights – was significant. The total repair cost was $10,048, which Hagerty paid, minus a deductible.

LESSON: Take nothing for granted when you’re dealing with a classic car. Parts wear out, gears slip, parking brakes fail. Always make sure the emergency brake works well, and set it whenever and wherever you park, along with leaving the car in gear or “park.” And carry wheel chocks in your trunk for those times when you’re parked on an incline or if you suspect your handbrake may need adjustment.

4 Reader Comments

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    You have all of the time you want as you never need to decide ieiadmmtely, the internet site will save your quote, and you can come back any time to make your call. That way it is possible you can finish up with the very best of both worlds, a live insurer's agent to service your account when required and the best price available on the web.
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    Mike Miami October 8, 2012 at 18:01
    I had my 67 Chevelle slowly roll out of the garage. By the time I got behind it and tried to stop it, it had enough momentum to push my aside. About 20 feet straight behind was a pile of rocks, but between rocks and the car was a young maple tree, maybe 3 inches in diameter. This was the proverbial "baby bear", just right size for this tree...not too thin for the Chevelle to run over it, yet not too thick to be a rigid post. There was just enough spring in the tree to stop the Chevelle and yet not result in any damage to the car. Since then, I have made it a habit to chock one of the wheels with a brick.
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    Giovanni Oct28debra jamieson gary you are so right laalkend electric has an account with city hall, who pays the people there? my heart breaks when your job slows down they dont care,my son-in-law feels for the people who lost jobs..he has one only needed extentions .but know your only allowed 2 a year now power cut off 4 little children under the age of 7..this man is a good provider for his family say can ya get the word out .this small book i have is called Economic Solutions/ by Peter Kershaw,this is a must read book for the people, it tells how our government started with taxes and then as you read you will see the GREED October 29, 2012 at 05:20
    Oct28debra jamieson gary you are so right laalkend electric has an account with city hall, who pays the people there? my heart breaks when your job slows down they dont care,my son-in-law feels for the people who lost jobs..he has one only needed extentions .but know your only allowed 2 a year now power cut off 4 little children under the age of 7..this man is a good provider for his family say can ya get the word out .this small book i have is called Economic Solutions/ by Peter Kershaw,this is a must read book for the people, it tells how our government started with taxes and then as you read you will see the GREED
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    Frank Wichita Ks November 20, 2012 at 00:39
    The one about the Pontiac you have told before, at that time I told you it sounded like a highly questionable 'accident' at the time. The emergency brake being applied eveytime I park my car is as second nature as putting the key into the ignation before starting the car. Personally, I think all claims should not be settled until lie detector tests are administerd.

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