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Old 02-14-2001, 10:53 PM   #1
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Angry Big Rig crashes into our Impreza.(4 months before payoff)

My Fiancee'was driving on the freeway today,and her Subie was struck in the driver's side rear.

The car spun in front of the truck (like when a NASCAR driver spins another with a good tap),and the rig hit the car at least five more times on the side,and the back before the dust settled.

She is fine.

The car is pretty thrashed (I will see it tomorrow,and if I can figure out how to get the cam to work right,I will download the images tomorrow,and post a link),and the driver's side rear tire blew out.

The amazing thing is that the car didnt even stall (it's an auto-so that's part of it),and it even drove fine (slowly) when they had to get it off the center of the freeway.

No windows are broken. The rear was hit hard enough the trunk doesnt open,the driver's door wont open the whole driver's side is pretty beat up,and I guess that you can see the reinforcing safety cage that the impacts made it to,but didnt deform.

I am very happy that she is Ok,and really suprised that the car runs after getting picked on by a big rig at speed (trying to maintain a feeble sense of humour here).

I will see the car tomorrow,and let you guys and gals know better detail.

I have few questions for you.

1. If it's in a tow yard,how do we get estimates at shops of our choice?

2. The car is a 96 2.2 LX auto. We think it was worth around 10 grand. Do you think it will be totalled? I think not,since they go to about 75% of value now before they total a car. It seems that all side and corner lights, both side fenders,a lot of welding and a new door,plus a full paint job,trunk lid and bumper,spoiler (bumper and spoiler hanging on the car now) plus a large dent on the passenger side are what it will take.

Add to that driver's rear suspension,wheel and tire,plus any frame realignment,maybe some minor roof damage ,A and B pillars,the car will probably be OK.

Thanks for your help. We are fully insured,the Big rig driver got cited for unsafe lane change by Highway Patrol.
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Old 02-14-2001, 11:04 PM   #2
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Glad she's Ok!

Good luck with everything!

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Old 02-14-2001, 11:08 PM   #3
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I'm afraid that bad boy's going to be totalled- but all is well because everyone is ok. Be careful out there everyone- most of us drive safe, but we all gotta watch for that other guy.


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Old 02-14-2001, 11:14 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.

Kelly Blue Book is 11440.

That leaves around 8500 of repairs,depending on what the adjuster thinks of course.

Neither air bag went off,and for those that are looking into the new WRX,the side airbags would have saved some pain on this accident.

Defensive (and paranoid-which I am) driving is the rule in SoCal,not that many follow it.

The night before,this lady in a 5 series decided to just drive into our lane while we were in it. Laying on the horn and flashing the high beams did nothing,this lady all but ran into us before I stabbed the brakes.

I guess we will know more tomorrow.
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Old 02-15-2001, 06:26 AM   #5
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Sounds like a total to me, too, but thankfully, it was only sheet metal that was bent. Cars can be replaced. Looks like a job for Rex!

One of my defensive driver moves will be to install a set of Hella Twin SuperTones, to replace the wimpy Subaru horn. I think that back in the day, stock horns were fine, but we now have to compete with cell fones, airtight cars that have a stereo vastly more powerful than my first home audio system, and inattentive drivers in said cars.

As Tool Man would say, "need more power!"

I also drive with my headlights on during the day as well. There's something about the lights that gets attention where just a car (go figure) wouldn't. I'd rather replace bulbs a bit more often than go without baby while she's in the body shop.

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Old 02-15-2001, 07:29 AM   #6
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So sorry, what a disaster. I certainly would do everything to get them to total it. It seems unlikely you'll get it back the way it was, frame & all. Sometimes a good body shop will go to bat for you and give the insurance company evidence that the frame is shot, therefore totalled.
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Old 02-15-2001, 07:43 AM   #7
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total or not... good luck!

you can get an estimate done by anyone you choose... you should be able to access the vechile anytime you want, it's your car...

so if you have someone you'd like to look at the vehicle, just let the tow/impound yard guys know and it should be ok...

best wishes.

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