On the 17th of Feb 2016 I was rear-ended and pushed into another vehicle whilst on my way to work. The accident on it’s own was scary and jolting to say the least! This posting is not about the accident but rather about a transition that occurred as a result. My 1996 Toyota Tacoma truck was declared ‘totaled’ by the party at fault. The cost to repair it was estimated at around $3900 on the cheap side and closer to 5k on the realistic end. The insurance company at fault considered my vehicle a total loss and payed me $6000 as a comparable equivalent to my loss. They then allowed me to buy my own vehicle back for $350. Although a total loss for the insurance overall you couldn’t buy an equivalent replacement for the truck for 6k! I priced out the basics from junk yards in the area. $250 for a tailgate, $200 each for front and rear bumper, fenders around $75/ea hood $150 – close to $1000 for the other basics not including the most important part, the radiator support. The radiator support goes across the front end and is what the radiator is bolted to. This piece is welded on and there are no after market or readily available junk yard parts. I started surfing Craigslist. I found a truck with the exact year and model that was not running for $1700. I offered him $1000 for his truck as is. He did not accept but in the long run allowed me to buy all that I needed for the $1000! The truck was located about 90 minutes away and a full 4-6 hours of work in disassembly. I came home with all that I needed to reassemble my truck -except for time. here is a...
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I grew up on the 'Spice Island', the island of Grenada located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. I love Grenada and hope one day to return there permanently. For now I live in the San Francisco bay area on my boat and am blessed with a wonderful job as a lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Southwest Airlines in Oakland, Ca. I have been in the Aviation business since I was 18 years old initiated in the field by The United States Navy which I joined at age 17. My other interests are my boat which I live on, my wonderfully loving dogs, music and creativity of all sorts.