I recently picked up a 6.0 F350 SWR. Got a CCSB, Lariat 4x4... really nice, not a scratch on it. I live in Maryland and it's hard to get a good truck up here that hasn't been beat too hard. So I ended up finding this one in Florida's gulf coast. A snowbird owned it, used it to take a boat to the marina once, then took it home for the summer. Racked up 90k easy miles, never saw an unpaved road. No accidents, single owner, low miles, well maintained, great condition, and a good price. I was pretty pumped!
Well, that's the good part. After the 1000 mile drive back home, I promptly had to fly back down south for work for a week, so it sat in my driveway. I came home the next weekend, used the truck to take the family to church on Sunday, and when I got up to go to work on Monday, it was gone.... i couldn't freaking believe it!
I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, but afterwords I found out another house on the block had their 6.0 stolen a few weeks prior. After talking to the other guy, I got a good lead on a suspect. He found his truck abandoned in a bad part of town. They stole it to strip the plow and salt spreader. Otherwise they didn't take anything. Without getting into details, it's pretty obvious who took - some rotten kids (as in late 20's/early 30's who still live with their parents) of a family on our block. It's not enough to charge them, but it's pretty obvious and not the first time these kids have done stuff like this. Either way, its a suspect that the police already have shots and prints of.
Insurance would have paid me out after 14 days. 12 days later, the police found it after it was in a hit and run and ditched... in the same bad part of town as my neighbor's truck. Same M.O. for the theft - screw driver to pry the driver door and bust the ignition. They coasted down the street before starting it.
Besides the hit and run, which messed up the front and passenger side, they seemed to pull off quite the crime spree in my truck. For starters, the bed was loaded with landscaping blocks. Very distinctive looking ones that were featured in a photo article in the Washington Post, underneath dozens of cars in the area that had wheels taken off them. They didn't gently load the blocks in the bed... no, they threw them in a hurry and hit the truck with quite a few in the process. Likely stolen from a job site. The interior of the truck is trashed since they put the filthy tires inside on the leather, and not in the back. They wiped their hands off on everything in the cab... not shy about leaving any prints.
There were also credit cards and IDs from a bunch of women in a purse that was left in the back seat. I did some digging and found that a few were victims of armed robbery in the area recently. And a gas mask for some reason. Lots of cigarette burns in the leather, too. I figure seeing if any of the cards were used could easily get a surveillance video from stores.
As far as the accident goes, the trans cooler was busted so they couldn't have gone far after the accident. There was red paint all over the impact areas. Shouldn't be hard to figure out who they hit, where, when, etc. I was also taken off road and jumped by the looks of things...
All this, you'd think finding these jokers and tying up 30 or more crimes ranging from petty theft to grand theft auto to armed robbery would be a priority for the police. That would likely be true anywhere outside Prince Georges County. But here, apparently police work is 'CSI bull****', to quote an officer. I digress...
So now I'm in insurance company purgatory. Considering what I bought and how the truck is now, I'd rather it be totaled to be honest. They sent the truck to a local Ford dealership, who is trying to say it'll only take like $8k to fix. They're only considering the collision damage wiping down the interior. In other words, they missed like 1/2 the damages.
So there's 2 ways this can play out:
They don't total it - what all should I demand be addressed mechanically? It was serviced before I got it, but I don't want to take anything for granted after some idiots trashed it.
While repairs are being made, anything I should take the opportunity to upgrade? It needs new bumpers, door locks, ignition, interior, lights, radiator and trans cooler, etc.
They do total it: life's a lot simpler then
Welp... thanks for reading and any advice is appreciated!