28 November 2012

Losses and Lessons: ’71 Chevelle weathers the storm, escapes with scratches

VEHICLE COVERED: 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle

WHAT WENT WRONG: Even if you’ve never seen a hurricane up close, you’re certainly familiar with its destructive power. After the storm, recovery and cleanup can last for months, even years. But debris is most problematic in the days immediately following, as the owner of a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle found out. Driving home at night shortly after his area had been hit by a hurricane, the owner rounded a bend and found fallen tree branches protruding into the road. He had to quickly make a choice – swerve across the center line on a blind curve and risk his life or someone else’s, or stay the course and risk damaging his car. He stayed the course.

DAMAGE/LOSS: The tree branches scratched the side of the Chevelle from bumper to bumper, but it certainly beat the alternative. As the driver had anticipated, another car was coming in the opposite direction, so he avoided an even bigger accident. Cost to repair and repaint the side of the Chevelle was $3,200, which Hagerty paid.

LESSON: The Chevelle owner made a sensible choice. Always put your safety above your classic. If a major storm has recently passed through your area, dramatically reduce your speed and anticipate potential obstacles. This is even more important after dark.

1 Reader Comment

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    Wayne Baker Pass Christian Mississippi December 4, 2012 at 09:52
    Having lost everything I had in Hurricane Katrina, I understand the feelings that are happening after Hurricane Sandy. Along with everything esls, I lost my street rod and classic chevy pickup along with all my tools. Because i did not have the proper insurance on these things, I had a majo loss not covered. I now have the corect coverage incase God help this should ever happen again. The best thing to do is start your own recovery effort. The government may show up, but the red tape and hoops you have to jump through just add insult to injury. You may think your area can recover in a year or less, but the truth is it will take alot long. After Katrina they said recovery would be 5 years or less. Here we are 7 years past and still have not fully recovered.

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