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Old 08-15-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Ouch, rearended at 761 miles .. HELP !

Well,

I was the proud owner of an '05 STi .. until ... the drive home tonight some clueless pickup truck decided I didnt need my right rear bumper, trunk, wing, and right rear quarter panel.... and my odometer reads all of 761 miles !

After the hit, saw stream of liquid pouring out near the gas line, thought I was about to become a little blue fireball, but wonders of all wonders... it was only the shatterer IC water spray tank ... the guy hit me going all of 5-10 mph , but of course he was a jacked up 4x4 pickup mostly missed the bumper and instead tore up the quarterpanel. Doesn't seem to have hit any of the driveline, drives like new still... but ARRRGGGHHH 761 miles !!!

Any reputable, really good body shops in the Trumbull/Bridgeport CT area? I'm new to the area, don't know any shops at all.

Heh, I was thinking about a carbon fiber trunk, but I really didn't want to go about it this way....

Help !!
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:09 AM   #2
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This situation rates 10/10 in the suck department. Bon chance, monsieur.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:50 AM   #3
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the first time always hurts the most.......... errrr n/m :-) Sorry dude...
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:38 AM   #4
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That totally SUCKS.

Make his insurance company buy you a BRAND NEW STi, and let them rebuild & sell the damaged one. To rebuild this one properly is certainly going to take a fair amount of time. Asking you to wait for repairs to a vehicle that has less than 1,000 miles is outrageous.
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Old 08-16-2005, 06:56 AM   #5
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This situation rates 10/10 in the suck department. Bon chance, monsieur.

Maybe we need an 11/10 category after this.

Sorry to read about this. I hope all goes well in sorting this mess up.

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Old 08-16-2005, 07:19 AM   #6
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Check out Carl Massafra's in Milford. http://carlmassafrasautobod203874194...pages-ads.com/

It takes me all of 15 minutes to get there from Trumbull.
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Old 08-16-2005, 08:34 AM   #7
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Make his insurance company buy you a BRAND NEW STi, and let them rebuild & sell the damaged one. .
How would that work? Why would they be willing to do that?


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This situation rates 10/10 in the suck department. Bon chance, monsieur.
Agreed.
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:24 AM   #8
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I know this is far ... but it is the only recomendation i can give you -

Pete's Carstar
12 Seapave Rd
South Windsor CT 06074

860.582.8808


BTW: this story is painful to read

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Old 08-16-2005, 09:47 AM   #9
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How would that work? Why would they be willing to do that?
If you push to get it, you should be able to get a new car. The purpose of insurance is to make sure that the person not at fault can get on with their lives without financial hardship. I was told by my insurance company when I had a car totaled that I could have pushed for replacement if I had wanted to.
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:05 AM   #10
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Based on the description this car is not totaled, far from it. When a car is totaled, the insurance company pays out at current value, it's up to you if you chose to get a new car, came type of car, pocket the money...

Why would any insurance company give him a new car here? They'll pay for a rental and fix his car, then move on. Sucks (very much) as the owner of a brand new vehicle to now have a "repaired like new" car, but the insurance company certainly isn't going to lose any sleep over it.
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:33 AM   #11
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That sucks but push for the best place you can find to take your car.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:28 PM   #12
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Set it on fire.

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Old 08-16-2005, 01:00 PM   #13
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I have heard and seen several nice repairs come out of M&F Auto Repair in Bridgeport CT. Good Luck
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Old 08-16-2005, 01:23 PM   #14
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If you push to get it, you should be able to get a new car. The purpose of insurance is to make sure that the person not at fault can get on with their lives without financial hardship. I was told by my insurance company when I had a car totaled that I could have pushed for replacement if I had wanted to.
The point of insurance is for the insurance company to make money. At best, if you had gap coverage, you could ask for it to be totaled and get your loan paid off.

Just make sure someone really good fixes it. My WRX took $9000+ worth of damage with 5000 miles on it, so I know what it's like. But no one looking at, driving, or taking my car apart would even notice it's been in an accident.
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:03 PM   #15
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Heh,

I'd love for the insurance company to replace the car, but given it is still completely driveable (the only functional problem seems to be due to the IC sprayer tank getting crushed), I don't see the insurance covering anything beyond the bodywork and rental cost.

I guess I should be glad I got whacked by an elevated 4x4. The drivetrain came out unscathed. The wheel well didnt even get kinked. The top half of the rear quarterpanel crumpled up like an empty coke can tho, I guess not a complicated replacement, new quarterpanel, trunk lid, bet they try to repair the dink in the wing... funny thing is, the trunk still locks and works even tho the right side of its crunched bad. Guess WRX's can take a licking ...

Maybe I wont notice it if I get it into a good shop.... just so damn depressing to have to deal with.
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Old 08-16-2005, 08:47 PM   #16
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I guess not a complicated replacement, new quarterpanel, trunk lid, bet they try to repair the dink in the wing...
Rear quaters are not bolt on parts, they will need to cut and blend. IMO they're the worst part to repair on a modern car. I had very similar work done to my car and it was done quite well, so it is certainly possible.

If the wing is barely damaged I'd recommend pocketing the replacement money and keeping it as is or touching it up yourself. Probably costs around $1k to replace?

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Old 08-16-2005, 10:05 PM   #17
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Quote:
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Why would any insurance company give him a new car here?
The next door neighbor of a good friend of mine had his brand new (500 mile) Honda Accord replaced by his insurance company because he pushed, hard. Of course his car was damage in a hail storm but it was all repairable.
It can't hurt to try. Talk to your insurance agent and get there advise as well.

Sorry about your accident I had someone while backing out of a parking spot next to me take the paint off the right rear corner of my bumper with just 2000 miles on my 02 WRX, I remember how pissed I was, sounds like you can triple my anger level.
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:58 AM   #18
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Bluewind,
I always have and always use Skrip's Auto Body in Prospect, CT. They have worked on all the cars I have owned and in fact, repaired the damage on my 2004 WRX which resulted from someone in a Jeep Cherokee rear-ending me a couple of springs ago. You can't tell where there was damage although I only needed a new bumper cover and styrofoam piece. Skrip's has worked on my family's truck, a 1993 Accord that was hit by a big rig, and my 1990 Accord (hit by a driver who ran a red light when my grandmother still owned it), 2001 2.5RS (hit in a parking lot), and my 2004 WRX.

Here is the website http://www.skripsautobody.com/

They always do great work and they will handle all the insurance companies for you. One of my friends who works in the auto body business has said that Skrip's is a great shop with a great reputation.

If you go there just tell them that Jason Sepe sent you.

-Jason
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Old 08-17-2005, 04:10 PM   #19
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damn, sorry to hear!
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Old 08-17-2005, 04:35 PM   #20
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the next door neighbor of a good friend of mine had his brand new (500 mile) Honda Accord replaced by his insurance company because he pushed, hard. Of course his car was damage in a hail storm but it was all repairable.
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Your friend got replacement cost because the cost of repairs were close enough to the value of the auto.

Totalling a car does not mean it is not reparable, it just means that based on the estimation of the damage by the adjuster, the cost of repairs will exceed the book value of the car. It is simply a cost calculation - whatever will cost the insurance company less.

Hail damage is can be particularly expensive because every panel of the vehicle can be affected and the cost of labor to rebuild the body is expensive.

FWIW - no one really 'wins' against the insurance co. eventually you will pay a great deal more for whatever payout you get. The best way to win is to not have any claims...
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