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Old 02-14-2004, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default 2001 Forester rear-ended

Driving home from work, I crested a hill and came upon a long, unexpected stretch of ice and a multi-vehicle accident. It's a blind hill, and the sheriff's deputy hadn't put out flares yet, so it was a nasty surprise. I hit the brakes to avoid hitting the deputy as he walked across the road and started to slide. I couldn't get the car to slow very fast because of the ice, but it did at least stay in a straight line.

Unfortunately, the old Buick behind me didn't do so well. He hit me square in the rear-end at 45-50 mph (I was doing about 35 by then). I took off like a rocket and zig-zagged from shoulder to shoulder a few times before finally getting it stopped on the shoulder. That was a wild ride, lol. I got out and looked at my car and was shocked at how good my car looked (relatively speaking, under the circumstances). The Buick's front end was a good three feet shorter than the factory intended.

I drove the poor beast 20 miles to home--by then the whole highway was iced over and the last mile had some nasty drifts to get through, but the car did okay.

The hatch is caved in, the bumper is pushed down and was rubbing against the left rear tire (I cut that bit off). The muffler is crushed, the left and right fenders are bent, the left rear door is seriously buggered--it won't open and the top of the window is nearly an inch from the car body. The right rear door and the driver's door open and close but you have to use some force and they don't line up properly. It lists a bit to the left and the driver's seatback is sprung. And there's an assortment of moldings and plastic bits that fell off. Found one piece next to the Buick's air cleaner... And, to add insult to injury, the snowplow they sent out to sand down that icy spot threw a rock and put a big ol' chip (looks like a BB hole) in the middle of the windshield.

I was really impressed at how well that car can take a hit. But the head rests are too dang hard, lol.

The preliminary estimate is 5K, but the body shop guy wants to consult with a Subaru mechanic and he said the other driver's insurance company (State Farm) sometimes requires that the damaged areas be completely taken apart for the estimate, so the cost may change.

I've already done the chiropractor thing, but I may go to the doctor for some pain killer if my hip doesn't loosen up real soon.

Question...is there anything specific I need to look for in terms of hidden damage?

Also, it's a leased vehicle, with one year left on the lease. Will the damage cause problems when we turn the car in?
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Old 02-14-2004, 05:25 PM   #2
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Look underneath the car if u can, check for frame damage. If your crumple zones came into play then you might see the floorpan rippled underneath. Based on your description I'm sure the bumper beam is shot. Cant think of anything else that might be hidden. Maybe the spare tire might be gone too.
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Old 02-14-2004, 10:51 PM   #3
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make sure the muffler didn't smash up the sway bar, and the midpipe is ok. 5k is on the money
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Old 02-17-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks guys

That makes me feel better--sounds like the body guy has it pretty much covered. Now if I could only get him to redefine what "drivable" is. Can't get a rental from the insurance company because the car is drivable--even though the hatch and door are now tied shut with freakin' bale twine. Ain't nuttin that can't be fixed with bale twine and duck tape

We're supposed to get rain and snow on Thursday so I guess I'd better stock up on the duct tape.
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