I've gotten a couple emails asking about the accident damage/title status of the car, so let me go ahead & clear the air for anyone else who's wondering.
This car has never been branded, totaled, or salvaged.
The previous owner in Colorado who put the blue fender on the car never accepted an insurance claim for the parking lot accident, & decided to just replace the fender himself, so the car maintained a clean Colorado title. The accident was reported & shows up on Carfax, but since the insurance claim was never accepted, the title status was never altered. I got a clean Colorado title when I bought the car, & I had no problems transferring it into a clean Texas title in my name.
The other accident damage happened outside of Clayton New Mexico while I was towing the car home.
I took the rear driveshaft out so I could tow the car on a standard Uhaul car dolly. This was my first time towing a vehicle, so I didn't exactly know what I was doing. The guy that I dealt with at the Uhaul in Colorado only showed me how to use the wheel straps, so I assumed that the wheel straps were all that it needed. I didn't even know that the dolly had safety chains on it, as they were mounted underneath the dolly out of sight.
I was pulling out of a picnic area rest stop inbetween Clayton NM and Texline TX. I was still completing the turn to get back onto the highway when one of the wheel straps ripped where it mounted to the trailer. (I have pictures of the ripped strap)
Both the shift in weight from the turn & the strap ripping caused the front wheels to come loose & come out of the wheel grooves on the trailer. Since I had no safety chains connected, the car drove off of the back of the trailer... I watched in the rearview mirror as the car came off of the trailer, & drove into the center median/ditch. It sideswiped a roadsign in the process & came to a stop in the bottom of the center median...
This is what caused the front bumper/foglight damage, & sideswiping the roadsign caused the damage on the side of the car.
I called 911 to get a police officer to come out & write an accident report. He also took pictures of the accident scene. (Sheriff Curtis Skraggs...I can also provide a picture of his business card)
I had a jack, jack stands, & tools with me. I jacked the car up in the center median, put the rear driveshaft back in, drove the car out of the ditch & back onto the trailer, & then took the rear driveshaft back out to keep towing it. I made sure to wrap those safety chains tight around the control arms that time...
I didn't buy the Uhaul insurance, so Uhaul had no liability. It was my fault anyways. I'm just glad that it didn't happen in Denver traffic, or at high speed. I was only going about 15-20mph when it happened, & it happened in the middle of nowhere with no other cars around. It could have been much worse.
My insurance company eventually paid $1,253 for the damages, but DID NOT TOTAL THE CAR!
I have a clean Texas title for the car in my name.
Feel free to roast me!
Even I can't help but laugh at how ridiculous that situation was...
I hope that cleared the air.
If anyone has anymore questions, feel free to email me.