Strange Classic Car Insurance Claims – Car Pro News

As careful as they are, classic car drivers aren’t any more immune to back luck than the average Camry driver. While parking lot fender benders and intersectional collisions may be the norm for normal cars, the classic car world can be downright bizarre at times. Here are four classic examples from the files of classic car insurer Hagerty:
1. Goat Bites Pony Car: A South Carolina family hosted a birthday party for their son. Since the children at the party needed access to the bicycles in the garage, the door was left open for easy entry. Unfortunately, that left the family’s classic 1965 Ford Mustang in harm’s way, not just from the kids at the party but the “kids” from down the street – the neighbors’ goats. The goats escaped from their pen, found their way into the garage and jumped on top of the Mustang repeatedly and munched on the top.
2. There’s a Snake in my Jag!: The owner of a classic 1971 Jaguar E-Type, invigorated by the spring sunshine and eager to take his car out for its first drive of the season, tossed back the cover, cranked the engine and hit the road. Minutes into the drive, however, the Jag’s engine began to overheat. After the car was flat-bedded to a service station, the mechanic discovered a large snake wrapped around the drive-belt pulleys, causing the belts to slip off and the car to overheat. We understand that the well-done snake tasted just like chicken.
3. Gator no Aid to Classic Chevy: One night, the owner of a 1940 Chevy Custom Coupe was cruising along a Louisiana highway, returning home after a trip to town, when he struck something in the road. He wasn’t sure what he had hit, and since the Chevy was still drivable, he drove the car the rest of the way to his home. But after a quick inspection revealed extensive damage to the front and passenger side of the coupe, he knew that he’d hit something big – and he needed to know what. So the driver returned to the scene in his regular-use vehicle and found a 12-foot alligator – along with another motorist who had also struck the unfortunate crocodilian.
4. Flip Flops and Bugs Don’t Mix: Summer is the season for classic cars. It’s also the season for sandals and flip flops – which increase the risk of an accident because they can slide off your feet or get caught on a pedal. That’s exactly what happened to the owner of a 1979 VW Super Beetle Cabriolet, who was wearing flip flops after spending the day at the beach with his son. While driving home, his flip flop got caught on the gas pedal at an intersection, and while trying to free it, he crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car. Fortunately, nobody was severely injured, but the Bug was a total loss.

1 Comment
  1. Myron Remington 6 years ago

    My experience didn’t fit this “classic car” report, but it amused some folks regardless.
    I was driving a rented sedan to visit my sister at her home in southern Missouri, a dairy farm. The driveway wound through a pasture populated with yearling heifers. Some were in the way, so I waited for them to pass, then proceeded slowly. But one heifer turned around and butted another one, head to head, pushing the second heifer into the side of my rental car.
    The damage was light — dented sheet metal, but the gal I reported the damage to thought it was the funniest thing she had heard all week.

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