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Old December 13th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #41
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Front bumper cover, rocker panel, front 1/4, rear 1/4 work, spoiler, head, fog, and tail light, rear bumper cover, fiberglass repair on the deck lid, and paint. The tow truck did more damage than the ditch.


Mechanical stuff was a tie rod, ball joints, and a new rack/ pinion assembly (rack & pinion assembly was changed 6 months after the fact after I complained of a light clunk in the steering). My insurance company also mandates the use of all new parts as well....so that didnt help with the cost.
ouch. ya thats alot of $ wound up in that one
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Old December 13th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #42
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Wow, they totaled that? Sounds like someone at the insurance company being lazy.

They didn't total my friends truck...

was this also front hit, or was it just down the side and the rear?
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Old December 13th, 2009, 09:27 PM   #43
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this truck is definitely fixable but i'm pretty surprised the insurance company didn't total it, that's a lot of damage.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #44
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Wow, they totaled that? Sounds like someone at the insurance company being lazy.

They didn't total my friends truck...

that truck prob blue booked at like 20k so it would take a lot to total it.. Aveo Blue books at what 8k ?
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Old December 13th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #45
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was this also front hit, or was it just down the side and the rear?
Yep, there was light front damage. But it did set off the driver airbag. Not sure why the passenger didnt go, I can't recall if they have the option switch or not.

Like I said in the original thread I posted about the accident, they've spent over $17,000 in repairs so far. And he was supposed to get it back Friday until they found a couple other things that needed work.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 11:34 PM   #46
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Yep, there was light front damage. But it did set off the driver airbag. Not sure why the passenger didnt go, I can't recall if they have the option switch or not.

Like I said in the original thread I posted about the accident, they've spent over $17,000 in repairs so far. And he was supposed to get it back Friday until they found a couple other things that needed work.
i would have turned that job down, but thats just me 17 grand yikes
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Old December 14th, 2009, 03:03 AM   #47
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i would have turned that job down, but thats just me 17 grand yikes
In an economy like this, body shops have been nickel and dime'n everything. They gotta keep their body guys / painters busy so they don't just ship, even if that means cutting their work order hours.

We had an '07 Impala crushed all the way up to the rear seats from a rear end collision. I'm pretty sure it came within $10 of being totaled, thanks to the cheap body shop manager. Sat on that frame machine for 3 months before it was shipped out the door.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 03:23 AM   #48
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This stuff really does add up quickly. A gentle bump to the front on my XJ from a buddy's TJ (rear tire) slipping in a driveway caused 700 worth of mech damage under the hood, and another 2600 worth of header/hood/hinges/cowl/paint etc body shit. I was just elated that he decided to pay up without much fuss. I still have a crack in the header panel, because we decided to repair instead of replace to save a couple extra bucks.

However, I have one ridiculous total before. We totaled out our old Saab about a year ago. It was a 9-7x. I parked it at my buddy's place and someone slid straight into the front end at around 20-30 mph. The bumper and hood were bent up, as well as the (1600 dollar!) headlight housings. Apparently, the rad cracked, the front suspension shit out, and there were slight bends on the framework. My dad was stunned when the adjusters faxed him back that it was a total (he is our agent, coincidentally). I don't even want to know the number required to total out one of those things, but it seemed like the damn thing just fell apart from a very minor impact.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:08 AM   #49
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When I was working at the Chevy dealer the body shop had a diesel crew cab come in with a bent frame. They replaced the frame. Took delivery of the frame on a saturday and the body shop guy had to remove everything. Us techs came in and helped.

I was amazed they didn't total it.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #50
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In an economy like this, body shops have been nickel and dime'n everything. They gotta keep their body guys / painters busy so they don't just ship, even if that means cutting their work order hours.

We had an '07 Impala crushed all the way up to the rear seats from a rear end collision. I'm pretty sure it came within $10 of being totaled, thanks to the cheap body shop manager. Sat on that frame machine for 3 months before it was shipped out the door.
i wouldnt, it wouldnt be worth the time and the headache, or at least that was what i was taught by the old timer who used to own a shop before he retired and started teaching[estimating class lol]. i woulndt want that thing coming back time and time again for this here, this there that was either looked over or w/e
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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM   #51
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When I was working at the Chevy dealer the body shop had a diesel crew cab come in with a bent frame. They replaced the frame. Took delivery of the frame on a saturday and the body shop guy had to remove everything. Us techs came in and helped.

I was amazed they didn't total it.
I watched a Land Rover have that done. Amazing.

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i woulndt want that thing coming back time and time again for this here, this there that was either looked over or w/e
We were bettin' $ it would come back at least once. It did, but was for some minor gasket. 10 minutes and back out the door. Hasn't been back since. Still way too much time for something that labor intensive.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 03:26 AM   #52
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have also read that when airbags fire off, some insurance companies total a car out because of potential liability case if re-installed airbag system fails to go off in a subsequent accident. anyone else hear of this??

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Old December 15th, 2009, 05:39 AM   #53
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have also read that when airbags fire off, some insurance companies total a car out because of potential liability case if re-installed airbag system fails to go off in a subsequent accident. anyone else hear of this??
I've heard that, but never actually seen it happen. If its true, I would think it would be only a select few insurance companies, probably the same ones that want the cheapest labor, aftermarket or used parts, etc, and are used to seeing shoddy work, so thats what they expect everyone to do. Couple that with a lack of understand on the adjusters part, and I could see them thinking this way.
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