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10-17-2016 06:13 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

As bad as the losses have been for the stereo, I'm also really sorry to hear about the interior being toast. I know those seats and stuff were pretty rare and you were pretty proud of them. Good luck.

What's the new ride going to be? 2.0 Swapped 1st gen Rabbit or something like that?

Jay
10-17-2016 05:43 PM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I saw the pictures on Instagram a few weeks ago and was pretty upset. It's hard to have something happen to your "baby" of many years and hours.

Good luck in the future and if you start a new build thread, please post a link in this thread, so we can follow.
10-07-2016 12:16 PM
captainobvious
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by naiku View Post
Saw the pictures on Instagram a few days ago, sucks to see but at least you are keeping your head up and already have plans for a new car.



This makes me want to call my insurance company again and ask about coverage. I had contacted them a few months back and they told me much the same thing, that it is covered. But, now I wonder exactly what they mean. Which insurance company?

When we recently re-did our policies (my wife swapped to a different vehicle which prompted the update), I inquired about coverage on my vehicle for the aftermarket stereo/electronics. At a coverage of $10k I think the extra monthly payment amount went up about 7 bux. I said- absolutely.

Now that you've had this issue though Andy, I'm going to have to double check to ensure that everything is all set up properly for correct coverage.

Sorry about the loss bud. Hang in there.
10-07-2016 04:29 AM
robolop
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I think it's terrible what happened to your car man. There is no assurance that intervenes for the damage ?
10-04-2016 02:16 PM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

yeah naiku.

it wont be covered. it will be under the "value of the vehicle as the market in your area based on other cars of that nature have sold recently" and all they'll do is tick the box that says "premium stereo" on the evaluation - oh its covered, see? we ticked the box that said premium instead of not ticking it!!! that means that you get an additional $47.

yeah, im pissed about it. I need to call them again.

make sure you get additional coverage on the actual equipment and receipts of it all if you got them.

thanks for the advice rton. ill see what I can do.
09-28-2016 01:22 PM
rton20s
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by naiku View Post
Saw the pictures on Instagram a few days ago, sucks to see but at least you are keeping your head up and already have plans for a new car.



This makes me want to call my insurance company again and ask about coverage. I had contacted them a few months back and they told me much the same thing, that it is covered. But, now I wonder exactly what they mean. Which insurance company?
Chances are, it isn't. Make sure you are clear on the value. Most people contacting them about stereos probably have a $100 Sony in the dash and maybe some $50 coaxes.

If they insist that your stereo with several thousand dollars worth of equipment (not including labor) is covers, then I would suggest that you insist that they show to you in writing that it is covered as a part of your policy. Otherwise, be prepared for... "Here is your additional $47, sir."
09-28-2016 01:02 PM
naiku
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Saw the pictures on Instagram a few days ago, sucks to see but at least you are keeping your head up and already have plans for a new car.

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Originally Posted by req View Post
I had called in the past and asked for a rider or something along those lines and they said that my stereo would be covered in the case of theft of a total loss situation. now that it has happened, they just want to check the box "premium sound" and that entitles me to $47 more on the payout. I was told in the past when I inquired that "as long as it is bolted to the car it will be covered". they did not tell me that "covered" meant $47.
This makes me want to call my insurance company again and ask about coverage. I had contacted them a few months back and they told me much the same thing, that it is covered. But, now I wonder exactly what they mean. Which insurance company?
09-28-2016 12:17 PM
rton20s
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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thanks for the kind words guys. the whole thing still hurts, and its still settling in.

im still dealing with insurance, and they want to be stingy about it. I had called in the past and asked for a rider or something along those lines and they said that my stereo would be covered in the case of theft of a total loss situation. now that it has happened, they just want to check the box "premium sound" and that entitles me to $47 more on the payout. I was told in the past when I inquired that "as long as it is bolted to the car it will be covered". they did not tell me that "covered" meant $47. so im trying to get them to change the assessment from 'part of the car as a total loss' to 'personal property' that was inside the vehicle that was damaged. but somehow I doubt they give a shit.

anyway, I got the engine running last night. im sure there's lots of electrical issues to dig up - but I have another vehicle in the works that I will be picking up after Columbus day.

I don't know how quickly I will be digging into it. but I guess ill start a new build log.
It sucks having to go through a loss like this and then having to fight an insurance company, YOUR insurance company, on top of it. My wife works in insurance, but doesn't deal with auto. Another branch of her company does though. Her advice is that any custom parts, whether stereo, wheels, interior, engine, etc. worth over $1000 should have special coverage. (All of ours do.) Despite what your agent told you, and as you are learning, it really is necessary if you expect it to be covered in the case of a claim.

I sent her links to your post and she thinks you actually have a pretty good case. Because you had previously spoken to the company about the additional coverage and they convinced you it wasn't necessary, they should cover as if you did have the added coverage. And that means replacement value, not $47.

A good agency should take care of you. Unfortunately, you have an agent that gave you bad advice. Hopefully it doesn't become an issue of he said, (s)he said. Most independent agencies would just cover the cost out of pocket to avoid issues with you as their client or the insurance carrier.
09-28-2016 08:03 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Yeah. Its twisted how that shit works and they didn't lie. Its covered. Here's your 50$ enjoy. Don't spend it all in one place. That's a shame man.

Was it a totally loss or can you save some parts?

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yea it was a total loss as far as the title is concerned - but the car isn't ruined. the carpets and the seats and that sort of stuff is most likely toast, but the chassis\engine\transmission seem to be ok, but its going to need a new wiring harness and some modules. the airbag module seems to be done. the fan control module is going crazy. the alternator might be done. the serpentine idler and tensioner seem done. stuff like that. but I might pull the engine\trans and get them taken apart and refurbished and put back together with some performance stuff and have a brand new engine\transmission ready for my new car, so its not a TOTAL loss - just a huge one. hundreds of hours of loss.

and yeah, this is the same car from the meet you heard way back then.
09-28-2016 07:48 AM
eviling
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Yeah. Its twisted how that shit works and they didn't lie. Its covered. Here's your 50$ enjoy. Don't spend it all in one place. That's a shame man.

Was it a totally loss or can you save some parts?

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09-28-2016 07:46 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thanks for the kind words guys. the whole thing still hurts, and its still settling in.

im still dealing with insurance, and they want to be stingy about it. I had called in the past and asked for a rider or something along those lines and they said that my stereo would be covered in the case of theft of a total loss situation. now that it has happened, they just want to check the box "premium sound" and that entitles me to $47 more on the payout. I was told in the past when I inquired that "as long as it is bolted to the car it will be covered". they did not tell me that "covered" meant $47. so im trying to get them to change the assessment from 'part of the car as a total loss' to 'personal property' that was inside the vehicle that was damaged. but somehow I doubt they give a shit.

anyway, I got the engine running last night. im sure there's lots of electrical issues to dig up - but I have another vehicle in the works that I will be picking up after Columbus day.

I don't know how quickly I will be digging into it. but I guess ill start a new build log.
09-27-2016 11:45 PM
alachua
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Man, that is a real bummer, remember hearing the car at the PA state finals probably 4 years ago.

Did you have a rider on your auto insurance for aftermarket equipment, or just the standard policy?
09-27-2016 09:38 PM
ErinH
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Eff that noise!

If I can throw some RCAs your way to help with the next build or a power block or the like, LMK.
09-27-2016 09:20 PM
sinister-kustoms
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Man, that's heart breaking Hopefully you can salvage some bits and pieces!
09-27-2016 06:44 PM
Notloudenuf
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Sorry dude.
On to bigger and better things hopefully!
09-27-2016 03:07 PM
knifedag007
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Sorry for your loss.
This was a great build log with quality parts throughout.
I'm sure you will be back and better than ever in no time.
09-27-2016 11:36 AM
rton20s
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Wow, that really sucks. Sorry to see such a cool VW and install coming to an end. Hopefully what you get out of insurance is enough to get you well on your way with the replacement.
09-27-2016 09:48 AM
AccordUno
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Fook, that sucks totally man. The GTI was looking good too.. Hopefully some of the mechanical/shell can be salvaged. Not sure about the equipment, if it was underwater..
09-27-2016 09:15 AM
Babs
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I got to hear this awesome v-dub at my first meet ever at NCSQ. Sadly, she's been quieted. Was an awesome car I hope can be saved and brought back from the brink or if it's time, onward to new ventures. Absolutely heartbreaking about the amps and subs as well.
09-27-2016 09:07 AM
TexZen
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Man, that truly stinks! This has been one of my favorite builds over the years. I know you'll bounce back and I can't wait to see what future project you start!


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09-27-2016 08:52 AM
eviling
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Holy cow man! That's terrible. that act of god covered under your insurance I hope I know that can be a tough one. Damn that's terrible to see.

Is that still the same GTI I heard in 2010? Haven't followed Much of the forums over the yesrs but I know you did allot of work to that car if its the same one. I'm in the middle of my new cars build and that would make me downright cry

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09-27-2016 08:12 AM
imjustjason
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

That totally sucks a fat one right there. Nothing worse that just losing all that time and effort, sorry man.
09-27-2016 08:07 AM
chefhow
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

So sorry to hear that Andy, I know how much work has gone into the car.
09-27-2016 06:59 AM
Hillbilly SQ
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

That's heartbreaking to see Andy. That was a cool little car you had there. I'm positive you'll bounce back and be better than ever with the new build.
09-27-2016 06:47 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

bad news. she is gonna be taken apart.



There was heavy rain here in VA beach last Tuesday\Wednesday\Thursday. I woke up Wednesday to go to work and I found my car like this. there has never been flooding in the area that I knew about and sometimes I park in the street. Nobody was injured, my house was not flooded as it is one of the higher plots in the neighborhood. Insurance has deemed my GTi a total loss and given me $4500 plus I get to keep my car for the parts and whatnot. The claim did not cover any of the stereo equipment, so I will try to file a home owners claim as well and hope for the best. I got the battery unhooked and the window rolled down, then with the help of some neighbors we pushed the car up my driveway. I missed a day and a half of work due to flooding. I found a new car, we will see how it goes. the engine was never started, we are going to drain the oil and give it a once over tonight before we try to crank it up.

im fairly certain the Arc PS8 DSP and the Mosconi AS200.4 amps were under water most of the night. I don't know about the carPC. the subs have paper cones so I don't know how they will fare in the damp climate they currently live in. ill post more info as I get it.

thanks for the good build log everyone.
-Andy
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