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Old 09-09-2005, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default What to look out for after crash repair?!?!

Hi,

last week I was unfortunate enough to loose control of my WRX on a wet road and rolled it down a 20 m bank( sounds much worse than it was, wasn't going that fast). The roof above the drivers seat is dented in by about 20 cm and the front and left side window are smashed. The bonnet is dented in by about 10 cm above the left light and panels are also pushed to the left, as can be seen because there is no more gap between the hood and the panel above the right front wheel. Apart from other panel and paint damage the main problem seems to be the right rear wheel. Some connection snapped and the top of the wheel is pointed inwards on a 45 degree angle. Fortunately insurance will cover everything and at the moment they are assesing if a repair is economic for them. Most likely it will be, and I was just wondering what to look for after the car has been repaired? Any important things to be wary of ? I was thinking about alignment of the chassis etc... Advise would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2005, 02:34 AM   #2
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I hope you didn't get shaken up too badly. Go see a doctor if ANYTHING feels outta whack.

From what you described, it sounds like a totalled car. I am suprised they are thinking about fixing it. I would reject any repairs they do to it, at which point they will hopefully total it and hand you a check, after some whining.

You should post a few pics of the carnage.
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Old 09-09-2005, 03:15 AM   #3
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I would be very careful about letting the insurance fix a car that damaged. I don't care how fast you were going if you rolled a WRX it's going to have serious damage.

If the damage is isolated to one area of the car, The shop might just cut that end off and weld on a new one. Need less to say that's just asking for trouble down the road.

Usually in a major repair job like that the shop will overlook corrosion protection and environmental sealing. Not to mention the paint won't last as long as the factory paint job.

I am kinda generalizing here but, it's just my experience. Hard to really say if repairs should be made or to just total the car, without seeing the damage. Post some pics if you can...Good Luck!
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:34 AM   #4
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Not to mention the paint won't last as long as the factory paint job.

I agree with everything Ranger said except this. The Subie factory paint job barely stands up to having a kitten lick it. I can scarcely imagine a weaker paint job. Good luck on the repair.
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:35 AM   #5
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get rid of it start over.
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:58 AM   #6
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I agree with everything Ranger said except this. The Subie factory paint job barely stands up to having a kitten lick it. I can scarcely imagine a weaker paint job. Good luck on the repair.
i'm gonna have to agree with wagon from hell on this one
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Old 09-09-2005, 11:23 AM   #7
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I agree with everything Ranger said except this. The Subie factory paint job barely stands up to having a kitten lick it. I can scarcely imagine a weaker paint job. Good luck on the repair.
Yes. Almost any paint put on by a good body man is gonna be a helluva lot thicker than the factory paint.

I still wouldn't want that car back.
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Old 09-19-2005, 08:16 AM   #8
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Default Damage not as bad

Good news from the repair shop: damage is only half as bad as it sounds, apart from afew panels and right rear suspension nothing is damaged. Insurance pays for everything and damaged parts will be replaced with new ones, no repairs whatsoever. And the best thing is I can use the opportunity to get the car repainted in a better colour

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Old 09-19-2005, 09:29 AM   #9
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Sounds good, just check the car over thoroughly when you get it back, test drive it and make sure all sounds good with the car. Any wierd creeks and or things like that, take it back immediately.
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Old 09-19-2005, 11:19 AM   #10
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That's cool man. Post pics of your old and new color when you get a chance.
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