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Here is a guy in Texas who handles diminished value for a lot of customers in Texas. He might have some tips for you and may be able to represent you in your dealings with the insurance company. His name is Kirk Kyker and his website is www.diminishedvalueoftexas.com
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4. Is it my decision to get compensated for the cost of replacing the roof but opt to have the old roof banged out?
I believe that in most states you are allowed to pick your own body shop. Most body shops can work with your insurance company. You should be able to opt to have them send you a check, but it is quite possible that the check will not cover the repair. If you take the check and the van to a body shop, insurance companies will usually work with the body shop and cover any additional costs. However, if you do the work yourself and pocket the check, then you get nothing more from the insurance company.

Oh, and the check is based on their estimate of how much it will cost to repair the damage and may have little or nothing to do with how much it really costs to repair the damage. And, they are going to take the lowest cost method of fixing the damage, not the method that produces the most complete or most aesthetically pleasing result.

I am in the middle of an insurance claim, where I and another driver backed into each other in a parking lot. Both insurance companies agree that the fault was 50/50, and have agreed to pay half. The problem is that our insurance company (State Farm) estimated the repair at about $100 more than the other guy's insurance company. So, when we go to have the bumper fixed there will be some discussion somewhere on that one.

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Thanks everyone for your continuing suggestions, especially on diminished value.

It looks like I will be using a local body shop that does a lot of work with the Ford dealership that services my Transit. The proprietor seems committed to a factory quality repair job that includes the installation and painting of new sheet metal and anything else that is found to be damaged.

Just going off photos I provided they have provided an initial estimate of about $9,000 but that includes the middle roof panel that will probably NOT have to be replaced. But,additional labor will have to be ADDE to cover the removal and installation of the internal components (ceiling liner, curtains, etc.) and the solar panel assembly on the roof. Bottom line will probably be close to the original estimate, unless they find other stuff that needs replacing.

After the parts arrive the repair will likely take at least a week. What a pain!

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Any update on your Transit repairs?
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Any update on your Transit repairs?
Happy to report that Homer's face has been repaired. The body shop did a great job. I was able to remove the solar panel assembly and the inside (Corex) panels so they could replace the front roof panel above the windshield in my high roof van. Once all the body work was done, I was able to replace everything the way it was before the accident.

I was shocked that my appraiser said that the van's value in August of 2016 just prior to the accident was just $33,000, some $17,000 less than I paid just 16 months earlier. (and that's with only 7,600 miles on her!)

My Diminished Value claim was submitted to the parking garage last week. It showed that the value of my van after the accident was $28,000, a reduction of about $5,000. Now the ball is in their court.
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It's a little late, but I would NEVER valet something that big. Next, consider contacting Sportsmobile and see what it would cost to put a pop-up on it.


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I'm on my 3rd cargo van. The first two were standard Chevys but I had Qualcomm domes and covered Fantastic vents. When leaving my vans with a shop and even my regular mechanic, I always stuck a Post-It Note on the steering wheel stating the vehicle height.

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Hi,

That is sad to hear about roof damage. I worry about that with my mid roof 2016 10 passenger wagon too. I installed a white card board warning sign inside by my overhead storage bin with red lettering saying " Caution! Roof clearance 8 ft 6"

Also, I installed white plastic Tex extension tubing 12" length on my radio antenna to create a visual sight gauge.

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All good suggestions, we need to remind people, and sometimes even ourselves that what we are driving is abnormally high.

I was thinking of developing a proximity detector that uses the same technology as a the side view mirrors that detect cars in our blind spots. Essentially it would mount on the rear view mirror and point upwards and forwards and blast a horn or synthesized voice to warn of a low obstacle ahead.

Perhaps something like this already exists. If so, maybe another forum member will let me know because I am prospective customer!

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