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First the damage...<br><IMG SRC="http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4364/spa0241.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/650/spa0244n.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/7209/spa0242.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Here's the story<br>I'm on my third day of residency and I'm on overnight call. The parking at my hospital is mostly free parking except for a physician's lot (which I can't park in) and a patient-only parking lot. I happened to miss a small sign for one particular lot that says it's reserved on weekends but it's adjacent to the lot we the house staff are supposed to park in. So I park there, do my 30 hour shift with no sleep and when I come out the next day ragged and tired I see that the lot I parked in is empty and my car isn't there. Interesting. Instead there are a bunch of motorcyclists who look like they're taking a license test. Great, my car got towed. I ask them where they towed the car and it turns out they just moved it to another lot. Ok not so bad. As I walk towards the car I immediately see the bumper hanging off the car. At this point I'm so tired I can't even believe what I'm seeing. Then later I realize the car was towed in gear with the e-brake on and probably just by the front wheels. Called the hospital police and they basically told me I'm SOL. So I guess another insurance claim for me. Great way to end a 30 hour sleepless day. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>So questions:<br>1. What kind damage to the transmission/driveline can be done by towing this car by the front wheels while the e-brake is on and while the car is in gear?<br>2. Anybody recommend a good body shop in LA?
 

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Towing companies are filled with idiots, I've noticed. <p>Unbelievable. <p>Do the fog lights and headlight wipers still function?
 

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How are you SOL ? <p>I woudl be sueing the hospital and the tow company . <p>They let your car be damanged and damaged the car.
 

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The sign said violators will be towed at owner's cost sort of thing. My insurance will cover it, I'm just hoping the towing company will fess up and pay my deductible back.
 

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Yeah that covers the cost of towing not damaging your car.
 

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You can sue the towing company big-time not only in the damage to your car, but also towing a known 4wd car inappropriately. Just show them the pictures of your car, and they will open up the wallet to pay for your deductable for sure. You might need a new bumper or even wiper motors. Why should your insurance have that mark on it if it was clearly the towing companies' fault? Have your Insurance company go after the towing company for reimbursement.<p>Now, there was REAL damage to your car which you can't see yet. For example, if your ebrake was indeed on, that rear right wheel was dragging as far as the car was towed, so you can go after them for that too. You could have ebrake damage (delamination, loss of life to pad, etc?) They probably messed up the ebrake adjustment too, so that costs as well. Just a cluster-F*K all around thinking about it. I'd be way more pissed about it than you seem to be.
 

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Holy crap man that sucks. I would be going after them hard.<p>You are only liable for the cost of towing and storage....nothing else. If you still have the AWD badge on it, theey have NO excuse.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>PhilUp</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The sign said violators will be towed at owner's cost sort of thing. My insurance will cover it, I'm just hoping the towing company will fess up and pay my deductible back.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That does not give them license to damage your car, call a lawyer
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (PhilUp)

Damn! What a bunch of $hitheads! <p>I took my car to Piper's Bodyshop on Overland when my front bumper got whacked by a hit and run. They installed my VST kit as well.
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (mike_c70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Damn! What a bunch of $hitheads! <p>I took my car to Piper's Bodyshop on Overland when my front bumper got whacked by a hit and run. They installed my VST kit as well. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks mike I'll see if my insurance company approves of that shop. Let's just say I've been in this situation before damage-wise which is why I'm not so pissed. More in utter disbelief. When the bumper gets torn off like this, I'll likely need new headlight units as the clips for the bumper get torn off. The wipers also got torn off. Fog lights too shot. Any kind of damage to the front end of these cars is way way way more than you expect.
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (PhilUp)

Approaching security for footage might help with the towing company.<br>Most hospitals have cameras <I>everywhere</I> these days. IF they'll play ball... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Short Circuit</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You can sue the towing company big-time not only in the damage to your car, but also towing a known 4wd car inappropriately. Just show them the pictures of your car, and they will open up the wallet to pay for your deductable for sure. You might need a new bumper or even wiper motors. Why should your insurance have that mark on it if it was clearly the towing companies' fault? Have your Insurance company go after the towing company for reimbursement.<p>Now, there was REAL damage to your car which you can't see yet. For example, if your ebrake was indeed on, that rear right wheel was dragging as far as the car was towed, so you can go after them for that too. You could have ebrake damage (delamination, loss of life to pad, etc?) They probably messed up the ebrake adjustment too, so that costs as well. Just a cluster-F*K all around thinking about it. I'd be way more pissed about it than you seem to be.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Haldex AWD defaults to FWD when the ignition is switched off.<p>IOW the rear wheels simply freewheel like any other FWD car when the parking brake isn't applied, of course. Speaking of which, I'd be more worried about flat-spotting the rear tires when towing the vehicle with its arse end dragging about on the ground than the parking brake components which, while they suck all kinds of arse as an emergency brake, they actually work as designed for parking brake use.
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (PhilUp)

holy crap. that scares the holy he!! out of me. i hope you sue them for a bundle and win. what is it with towing companies these days??
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (vickisue97b)

I work at a hospital too!<br>That being said, often times they put a disclaimer on the parking registration that says they are not liable for any damage done to your car... by towing, hit and run.....<br>good luck though.
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (Tiny)

philup, that really sux! Find out the towing company and we'll have a old fashion R beat down!
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (PhilUp)

damn phil thats some BULL$hit right there!! Get whatever you can from whoever you can someones gotta pay :
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (PhilUp)

lol i just remembered from the first pic that one of my headlight wiper blades fell off and my Rkelly CAI came out along with the foglight grille. Looks like they just threw them on the ground next to the car when they were done. How courteous of them.
 

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Re: So this is what I get for saving lives... (PhilUp)

You have the right to take your car to anybody shop not just the ones your ins approves of FWIW.
 
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