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VW bus found after 36 years

By SYF77 on 14 Jan 2011

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This is a real life story about how a Washington native, Michelle Squires, managed to repossess her lost VW Bus after 36 years.

Squires’ vehicle was stolen from an automotive interior shop in Spokane in 1974 and the insurance issued the payout, considering the Bus a lost cause. Last year, the Customs Office in Los Angeles gave her a call and informed her that the bus has been found. The bus had been restored and was on its way to Germany when Customs ran the VIN and found that the Bus belonged to Squires.

However, it was not time for celebration for Squires yet. Since Squires' insurance company already paid the claim to the bus, they claimed ownership, and put it on auction. Squires attempted to stop the insurance company from doing so with the help of a lawyer who volunteered his service but failed eventually. Squires' made a last ditch effort to save the bus by bidding on it but she was outbid by a bidder who resides in Germany. This is when lady luck starts to shine on her.

Due to paperwork complications, the bus was unable to leave the country to Germany. This was Squires' final chance to purchase the bus, a chance which she jumped at and finally claimed ownership to the bus. Since she repossessed the bus before Christmas last year, she drove her grandchildren back down to California as a Christmas present.

I am wondering if the insurance company has the rights to claim ownership of a lost vehicle which is found after the payout has been issued. Could the owner return the payout to the insurance company and regain ownership of his/her vehicle?

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Friendstar Jan 14 2011 05:32 PM
my friend still owns this ride.

very cute.
Laserghia Jan 14 2011 05:42 PM
Saw 1 white with black stripe in Tuas area.
VellfireS Jan 15 2011 08:14 PM
Now people can convert normal small kei van into this kind of VW style...
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