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Old 12-01-2013, 11:17 PM   #36
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I swear, parking lots are the most dangerous places to drive. All four of my wife and my accidents over the years have been in parking lots. In each case someone backing out of a space without looking.
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When my car had 7k on it, a punk kid with a replacement bumper on his dodge turned into my back bumper. Broke my driver side tail light, ruined my back bumper, cracked the paint all down the quarter panel, and tore my valance. I watched him do it, and I scolded the kid when he got out of his truck to apologize. Wish I could say I felt better after I did, but I didn't. Car was in the shop for a month and the only thing wrong with his truck was white paint on his bumper. Cost his insurance almost 5k to fix my car and I got money on top of that I used to buy a 60" tv. I felt better after that, and you'd never be able to tell the difference now. Except I upgraded to boss rear end vs the stock gt for free.
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Wow did it look as bad as mine? And I'm gonna take the money and order some stuff from American muscle.com is that a good site? I never had a mustang lol I traded a genesis coupe for my 5.0 so it's a new world to me. I'll hear from her insurance company today I'll keep you guys posted on the end result
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Wow did it look as bad as mine? And I'm gonna take the money and order some stuff from American muscle.com is that a good site? I never had a mustang lol I traded a genesis coupe for my 5.0 so it's a new world to me. I'll hear from her insurance company today I'll keep you guys posted on the end result
I feel for ya. I just traded my Genesis Coupe on a new GT because I hit a car battery in the road. It went under the car with no body damage and still required $4k in repairs. After that, I just didn't feel confident in such a fragile car. (I was planning on gettin a new car anyway but it was going to be a new GC)
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #40
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You will be fine brother. Drive it, and enjoy it once it is fixed.
Thank God you werent injured and at the end of the day, its just a car.

So you lose a few bucks when you sell it, just make sure you enjoy it while you have it.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:00 PM   #41
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Wow did it look as bad as mine? And I'm gonna take the money and order some stuff from American muscle.com is that a good site? I never had a mustang lol I traded a genesis coupe for my 5.0 so it's a new world to me. I'll hear from her insurance company today I'll keep you guys posted on the end result
No, yours looks worse in my opinion because it being on the quarter panel. That much damage to a quarter panel is a PITA to replace, but it's nothin that can't be done and done well. It's highly unlikely any real damage had been done because of how high you were hit, and the door sealing properly would be more of a concern for me than anything else if I was you.
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So you don't think it's worth trading the car in over? It should drive the same and feel the same? But yeah I'm definitely gonna check the seals

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They're replacing the whole quarter panel
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:03 PM   #43
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That sucks! Sorry. I would keep it. One day you will have a good story to tell! lol
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #44
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+1 they will only make you whole.

The car will drive like it did before the accident. The paint on the other hand will never last like the factory paint. The factory paint was baked on at 500*.
If the fault of the accident was the other driver, you can request (and get) a "diminished value" payment. Basically, it covers the diminished value the car will now have when it is traded or sold, as a "carfax" or simular report will show it was involved in an accident, therefor it has a loss of value.

You have to request this, as insurance companies do not go out and present you with this.
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If the fault of the accident was the other driver, you can request (and get) a "diminished value" payment. Basically, it covers the diminished value the car will now have when it is traded or sold, as a "carfax" or simular report will show it was involved in an accident, therefor it has a loss of value.

You have to request this, as insurance companies do not go out and present you with this.
You can request, doesn't mean they'll pay. They can drag your claim out 2yrs if they want to.
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You can request, doesn't mean they'll pay. They can drag your claim out 2yrs if they want to.
Lawyer up lol
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The good thing about the damage is that it won't affect the drivability whatsoever, which was the main concern. OP just make sure whatever body shop is doing the repair, make sure to request they paint the entire left side, being a metallic color it's tough to make a perfect match. U will be happy once u get it back, the thought of trading it in probably won't cross your mind when u see the finished product, don't let this bump in the road throw u off course.
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If it does show up on car fax, which a lot of times it doesn't, it will say minor damage to left side.
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+1 they will only make you whole.

The car will drive like it did before the accident. The paint on the other hand will never last like the factory paint. The factory paint was baked on at 500*.
Agreed. Any body shop can bolt on an entire new body panel, but chances are the paint will never be the same and as the car ages the original paint becomes a larger value-increaser.

Although a good auto painter can make it look the same if not better, it's just a longevity thing from what I've heard.
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A good shop should have you back to normal.

I just went through this:
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You should be fine. It happened to me as well. I was turning left in a corner and this old guy with that old mercury did a rolling stop. Good thing, he hit part of my rear passenger rim in the impact so body was not badly bruised. Bad thing, the dealer body shop did not change the rear axle and got some squeaks when I got my baby back. I end up replacing axle on both sides and upgraded with moser. I have no issues after the axle replacement.

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Old 12-03-2013, 04:15 PM   #53
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One way to check for a bent frame is inspect the bottom of the car. Is the floorpan buckled at all? Are the seams still somewhat straight? Are the seams still welded together?

Just looking at the photo, it looks like she hit you high. A door is fairly simple to replace, but that quarterpanel is going to be the bulk of the work.

Lots of good advice on this thread: do not act passive around the insurance companies. Be assertive, let them know what you want done and complain if they screw something up. I'm sure your GT will come out all the better for it.
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And the car didn't feel any different after that accident chad? Thanks for all the advice everyone. I went to the body shop today for the final estimate and to get the work started, I checked under the car and the unibody/frame and the rails aren't even touched. The floors not buckled however the b pillar is obviously damaged. That goes without saying but my adjuster said that won't affect drivability at all and that once they are done I'll never know it happened. Worst part is they quoted me 30 days! . I went through my insurance company for the initial repairs to get started and my insurance is gonna get the money from her insurance as soon as they claim liability after their "investigation"
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Sucks that it happened when u got the car brand new w/o barely breaking it in... It could be worse, it could've happened during spring or summer, that's the worst time to have ur nice ride out of commission.
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Have them paint the whole car all over. The paint will never match. If they don't want to do that then tell them you will seek legal advice.
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You don't think it will match even with the car being so new? I figured it'd be a lot easier to match up with new paint
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The b pillar doesn't affect handling does it? That's the only real damage that was done besides cosmetic. They're gonna repair it or replace it idk yet but it doesn't affect performance right? Sorry for the dumb questions I just wanna make sure everything's gonna be good before I place this $900 order online for the bama tuner and other mods lol
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I would give your car at least 5-10k miles b4 u tune it ,just to make sure u don't have a dud. Cuz once u tune, warranty is done. The repair is going to replace your entire 1/4 panel along with B pillar which is 1 piece, so rest assured, u don't have to worry about somebody molding it to near factory spec... It will be brand a spanking new panel w/o the guess work, along with a new door skin. Car is going to look just like the day u picked it
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The car will be fine, but it will still bother you as long as you own it.
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Not only that, but now you have diminished value when you eventually sell it. Make sure you demand diminished value compensation from HER insurance company. It will show on a car fax.
+1...your car will take a big $$ hit when you sell or trade it later...carfax will show the accident.
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That's why I'm definitely going after the diminished value claim. But one good thing is that I still have a warranty on the car bumper to bumper for 75,000 miles (extended warranty) plus the shops giving me a lifetime warranty on their work so I should have some peace of mind once I get it back
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And the car didn't feel any different after that accident chad?
I've only had it back for about a week, but I haven't noticed any problems. Drives like new (it only had 14K miles on it when this happens).

I will say that it will always be on the back of your mind though.
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Turns out that there was absolutely no frame damage, the b pillar wasn't even touched at all. Just sheet metal. I should be getting my car back this week coming up. But now that you've had your car back for a little bit, do you notice any differences? Any new noises or anything?
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