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donkey_hat commented on a post in r/chicago
Zoomwafflez 4 points

No, it's really not. Your fare should be waiting for you. Toss on your blinkers/signal and stop in the right most car lane while they hop in. Fare isn't there waiting for you? Circle the block until you find a place to pull over that isn't the bike lane and give them a call. Most blocks only have a bike lane on one or two sides at most and almost all have an alley since this is Chicago.

donkey_hat 8 points

As someone on a bike I would never pass a car on the right in the empty bike lane if it was stopped in a traffic lane with flashers on, that's just asking to be doored or pedestrian'd with no escape route. I'd rather go around on the left with them in the bike lane.

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/cars
donkey_hat 3 points

plastidip and tape

MathewC 1 point

Is this from personal experience?

donkey_hat 3 points

No, just seems like it wouldnt be too hard to do on your own vs what a body shop would charge you

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/MapPorn
1_2_um_12 400 points

I mean, it makes sense. Imagine if your GPS always pointed north.

donkey_hat 408 points

North up is the only way I can stand it, it's disorienting for the map to be rotating around and makes knowing where things are relative to each other more difficult.

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/Roadcam
Jaksmack 426 points

reason I drive a 1994 pick up with 280,000 miles.

Go ahead and hit me, it can only make my paint job look better.

donkey_hat 17 points

Do you have a salvage title? Currently dealing with this, some lady rear ended me by flooring it into the back of my car because their foot slipped off the brake, trying not to get screwed. Have an older car that is not properly assessed by KBB at all.

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/cars
scotscott 10 points

Are you saying your homeowners insurance has a condition that you cannot take your house on the Nurburgring?

donkey_hat 2 points
donkey_hat commented on a post in r/cars
jkenigma 6 points

That was many years ago and proves volvo did work that out for their system while uber didn't, but here is the thing, volvo didn't kill anyone testing it. Volvo has come far. Like I said, they have been testing for years and those tests in those videos are a few years old. Watch this to see their stuff working in the real world.

donkey_hat 2 points
donkey_hat commented on a post in r/nyc
spaghettiputs 32 points

I'm actually an electrical engineer on east side access. MTA underestimated the number of sand hogs needed for the tunnel.

I have a change order for motion sensors on lighting in ventilation fan plants that has been in negotiation for 2 years. MTA's engineering design consultants have sent out 4 unworkable designs for integrating line voltage motion sensors with a time clock lighting control panel rather than springing for sensors that communicate with the LCP same as the low voltage switches they are using.

Edit: u/no_for_reals You quoted Brian Rosenthal's editorial piece, without linking to it. I added the link if people wanted to read the whole article.

donkey_hat 4 points

Who would have thought building and maintaining a mass transit rail system would be so complicated

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/cars
MM__FOOD 11 points

Playing music from a USB. That's the only thing I miss from my old car. No need to fumble with aux cable or mess with Bluetooth music streaming constantly having to re pair the phone to it. Could carry more albums then my phonebook size album collection. It's just start the car and the music is playing from where you left it.

donkey_hat 1 point

I've only ever used USB audio once in my cousins Jeep, and it was confusing as hell. I plugged my phone in just to charge it and it started playing a recorded phone call somehow without any apps opening. When I go to play music it kept changing inputs and switching to a CD and I had to keep setting it to stay on my phone. Could have been a janky USB cable but still the worst that can happen with a janky AUX cable is you have to move it a bit to get it to come out of both sides.

a55bobber 1 point

I am not 100% sure that your vehicle will total because of the damage but it is likely that the age, condition, and mileage will total it. If you go through the insurance and they total it, you will have to find dealership ads and ads from autotrader to assist with increasing your value. Craigslist and eBay will not help you.

If you are planning to keep the vehicle, you should go to a shop and get an estimate. Estimates are free and it will help you to determine what it will cost to repair the vehicle as long as there is no underlying damage. Contact the driver first to find out if they are willing to work with you outside of the insurance. If you don't get the funds from them, then the path you don't want to go down is your only option.

You will have to file with the insurance company, they will find the vehicle uneconomical to repair and the total loss will show up on the vehicle report (carfax, DMV, etc.). Now, every State is different on how they handle older vehicles and salvage titles so be prepared for that conversation. If you have to get a salvage title, it is what it is.

You are absolutely correct on the settlement amount being reduced by the salvage value. The only early that you can ethically increase your value with an adverse insurance carrier is to verify that the mileage, condition, and options are correct on your valuation report. You can ask to submit any work you have performed on the vehicle but that usually only adds 5-15% of the amount you spent less taxes and labor.

Good luck and I am glad that you are okay after your collision!

donkey_hat 1 point

The problem with the first part is there are exactly 0 this car or comparable (any Mk2 Golf, 1985-1992 in US) in dealerships or on Autotrader. There is 1 Mk1 Golf listed on autotrader , i think the asking price is a bit unreasonable on that since its old and it's a cabbyy which you could have purchased identically through 93. How they will probably value it seems like that will be what I am facing since insurance is the most likely route.

With the discovery by me that she probably won't have to pay anything since its a liability claim, it seems she has no incentive to work with me and go outside her insurance except to be a good person. Don't know how much it would affect her insurance rate so that could be a potential leverage but I would have no way of knowing that.

Also do you know if once they have been notified if that is the point of no return? Like say I wanted to pay out of pocket whatever she won't and she already let them know would it be possible to not go through with the claim? My insurance provided no answer when I asked that hypothetically.

a55bobber 1 point

It's a rare car but valuation companies have records of vehicle sales going back years. Most will only count vehicles that have sold in the last year.

If she doesn't care about an at fault accident on her record which insurance companies use to determine rates for three years, then you have no choice but to file with her insurance or pay out of pocket.

Once the appraisal is completed on your vehicle, that is the point of no return. Anything that is done before then is speculative and for information purposes only.

donkey_hat 1 point

Do you know if they pull that data from vehicle registration from the DMV? I know lots of people get BS bill of sales typed up for sale price of $100 or whatever to pay the minimum vehicle tax so I fear that would skew the data even further out of my favor.

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donkey_hat commented on a post in r/Shitty_Car_Mods
SpyderAByte 13 points

Ones a crew cab and ones an extended cab, and both have the proper sized boxes in this picture. Its not like they traded boxes which I feel like most people are assuming, because if they did one truck would have a decent chunk of frame sticking out, and the one on the lefts box would be overhanging by about a foot or more. My guess is they just each needed a box and finding one for an older dodge to exact match your truck that's the proper size propably wasn't feazable in either situation. Its definitely a crazy coincidence, but absolutely not a shitty car mod

Drives me crazy when you guys bag on people's trucks who are just trying to be economical and don't feel like dropping an extra butt load of money and time finding a perfect color+size match and just going with what they can

Edit: I was wrong, both trucks are extended cabs, but each frame are different lengths for different boxes

donkey_hat 3 points

They both appear to be extended cabs, which one are you saying is a crew?

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/Whatcouldgowrong
Some3rdiShit -1 points

How much damage does that really cause? Not asking how much it COULD cause I’m sure if they jumped up and down it would leave a dent but would there really be any noticeable damage?

donkey_hat 2 points

On most cars the hood is pretty thin so you're looking at likely at least a dent, plus it could scratch the paint especially if they are hard shoes like heels, or if there are any small rocks in the treads

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/cars
OhioJeeper 105 points

Lol wut? /r/cars has one of the most elitist attitudes about driving rwd in the winter. The perfect winter car is a Miata on blizzaks, and you have a death wish if you even consider driving in snow with all seasons and AWD.

donkey_hat 73 points

To be fair, you have to have a very high performance driving IQ to understand Blizzaks and RWD. The traction is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the grip will go over a typical driver’s head. There’s also RWD’s nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into it's characterisation- it's personal philosophy draws heavily from trying to spin you 180 degrees on the expressway, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they’re not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Blizzaks & RWD truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the humour in RWD’s existential catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub,” which itself is a cryptic reference to the sound of rock hard winter tires on dry 85 degree pavement. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Bridgestone’s genius wit unfolds itself on their completely salted suburb. What fools.. how I pity them. 😂

And yes, by the way, i DO have a Blizzak tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for the ladies’ eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid 😎

donkey_hat commented on a post in r/cars
donkey_hat -1 points

Alternatively you could just delete it if you don't have to do emissions testing, which if you live in the middle of nowhere you probably don't. Pretty sure diesels are exempt in most populated places too, i know they are in Chicago.

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