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Old 09-21-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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I just bought another wrx. I've owned a 2004 for years and was t-boned just a few weeks ago. I found the perfect 2005 that was identical. I was in love once again.
That all came to an end yesterday when I hit a stray cow going around a corner going around 25-30 mph at impact. Much front end damage, but I'm worried about my roof. I'm worried the insurance company will total it, and I'll never see it again. It was a beauty, one owner, 79,000 miles, bone stock.
I just want opinions on whether or not the car is worth fixing. I'll attach a photo of the damage. The car still runs fine as far as I could tell, I drove it about 1/4 mile after the accident to get cell service. I didn't feel or hear anything wrong, but when I parked the engine started smoking. I think I leaked out my coolant, because that's all I could smell. I just don't want to throw this one away to an insurance company. Is it worth paying the extra money over total, or buy it back after its totaled?
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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Holding the damage itself off to the side, what are Vermont's laws regarding totaled / salvage titled cars? Can they be registered at all? If yes, with or without a clean title?

Will you be able to have the car insured thereafter depending on the outcome (salvage / non-salvage; etc)?

How stringent are the VT DMV laws regarding the repairs to a totaled / salvage car?

Overall, and not covering everything, beyond the cost of the repairs itself, what are the costs to meet the requirements of the State and/or the insurer?
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #3
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #4
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If you buckled your roof you were going way faster then 25-30mph. Most likely going to be totaled, did you have full coverage? If so, there are plenty of nice WRXs out there to start over with.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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How is a cow out on the road? That's what fences are for? Also were you hauling ass then slammed on the brakes and hit the cow at that speed? At 25-30 I dunno how you can't stop to miss a cow.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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But is the cow ok
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:27 PM   #7
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How is a cow out on the road? That's what fences are for? Also were you hauling ass then slammed on the brakes and hit the cow at that speed? At 25-30 I dunno how you can't stop to miss a cow.
Maybe it was a particularly nimble cow that lept out in front of him.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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How is a cow out on the road? That's what fences are for? Also were you hauling ass then slammed on the brakes and hit the cow at that speed? At 25-30 I dunno how you can't stop to miss a cow.
Because fences are an impenetrable force that nothing could never escape from right? And every person that has hit a deer could have avoided it. Just because someone hit an animal doesn't mean they were driving wreck less. Actually had a buddy, who lived in country, hit a cow on his way home one night. Messed up his bumper, fender, and hood. Fixed it and still drives it this day.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:41 PM   #9
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:54 PM   #10
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Because fences are an impenetrable force that nothing could never escape from right? And every person that has hit a deer could have avoided it. Just because someone hit an animal doesn't mean they were driving wreck less. Actually had a buddy, who lived in country, hit a cow on his way home one night. Messed up his bumper, fender, and hood. Fixed it and still drives it this day.

But 25-30 mph is neighborhood speed limits. That cow would have to be moving at a good pace across the street right at the moment he was there not to be able to stop. Or he wasn't paying attention to the road. If he is being truthful about the speed, that is what I believe.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #11
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #12
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:39 PM   #13
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Because fences are an impenetrable force that nothing could never escape from right? And every person that has hit a deer could have avoided it. Just because someone hit an animal doesn't mean they were driving wreck less. Actually had a buddy, who lived in country, hit a cow on his way home one night. Messed up his bumper, fender, and hood. Fixed it and still drives it this day.
Deer jump in front of your car. Cows usually stay still or don't move very fast. I suspect that some "spirited driving" was involved. I still feel bad for the OP because his car might be totaled, but I have never heard of someone hitting a cow without some other factor being involved. And I grew up in a very rural area, surrounded by cow, sheep and horse farms, where animal v car collisions are not uncommon.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:57 PM   #14
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Sorry about your Car. Glad that you are OK. Collisions with livestock can end poorly for the driver too.
Get in touch with the local Dept. of Transportation Maintenance office and the Brand Inspector. Between those two you will be able to find out who has the responsibility for maintaining the fence, whose cow it was and whether or not there is a history of problems at that location. In some States the DOT actually has the responsibility for r.o.w. fences.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #15
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I am reading some of these posts and you guys clearly have never been in Vermont. There are roads where your pansy town has set 30mph limits but Vermont will set the same road at 55mph because....well....they aren't pansies. Cows get past fences. And you know what.....some of those 55mph stretches are lined with (wanna guess?) .....cow pastures. I'm not sure if there are more cows or people in Vermont, but I would guess cows.

I'm just impressed that the cow was going 25-30. Must have been a racecow.

Sorry about your ride. If the roof is buckled, the car is gonzo. Mike460 had an STi that hit a moose that buckled the roof. Way totalled and it was an 07 STi.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #16
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Wow, that blew up.
The roads in my town are twisty. It had rained the night before, and yes there are cow pastures on every road. I was on a very sharp hill, at 4:30 in the morning. But I didn't come here to explain myself.
I just had a body shop tell me it's totally fixable. I just hope he does good work. Thanks everyone.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:43 AM   #17
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I am reading some of these posts and you guys clearly have never been in Vermont. There are roads where your pansy town has set 30mph limits but Vermont will set the same road at 55mph because....well....they aren't pansies. Cows get past fences. And you know what.....some of those 55mph stretches are lined with (wanna guess?) .....cow pastures. I'm not sure if there are more cows or people in Vermont, but I would guess cows.

I'm just impressed that the cow was going 25-30. Must have been a racecow.

Sorry about your ride. If the roof is buckled, the car is gonzo. Mike460 had an STi that hit a moose that buckled the roof. Way totalled and it was an 07 STi.
Who needs a WRX, Where can I get me one of them racecows?

Sorry about the ride OP but as Jack said it's most likely totaled if the roof is buckled. Did you at least get some free steaks out of it?
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:50 AM   #18
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I only just avoided some cyotes the other week. Straight road, 45 mph, saw the cyotes come out of the dark, and straight hard on the brakes, and only *just* missed them.

OP checks out.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:53 PM   #20
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I only just avoided some cyotes the other week. Straight road, 45 mph, saw the cyotes come out of the dark, and straight hard on the brakes, and only *just* missed them.

OP checks out.
Well coyotes and cows are identical in size, speed and agility, so your analogy also checks out.
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Well coyotes and cows are identical in size, speed and agility, so your analogy also checks out.
Now, if you were driving an Elise/Exige, that would be true. A raccoon is the limit of size of animal that won't total one of these cars. Big dog on up.....gonner. (I'm not even kidding)
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:53 AM   #23
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My baby is indeed totaled. Now I'm back on the market for an 04-05 wrx. I'm waiting to price out insurance rates for an sti, but I'm sure it will scare me. Hooray for walking to work... :\
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:06 AM   #24
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I just bought another wrx. I've owned a 2004 for years and was t-boned just a few weeks ago. I found the perfect 2005 that was identical. I was in love once again.
That all came to an end yesterday when I hit a stray cow going around a corner going around 25-30 mph at impact. Much front end damage, but I'm worried about my roof. I'm worried the insurance company will total it, and I'll never see it again. It was a beauty, one owner, 79,000 miles, bone stock.
I just want opinions on whether or not the car is worth fixing. I'll attach a photo of the damage. The car still runs fine as far as I could tell, I drove it about 1/4 mile after the accident to get cell service. I didn't feel or hear anything wrong, but when I parked the engine started smoking. I think I leaked out my coolant, because that's all I could smell. I just don't want to throw this one away to an insurance company. Is it worth paying the extra money over total, or buy it back after its totaled?
Thanks,
Ryan

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