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Old 03-07-2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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Experience with body shops? :concerned:

Some of you might have caught my post a couple weeks back about crashing my SVT. I don't really know spit about how this is supposed to work, but the car still isnt finished; in fact, a month after the fact, they've only just started the teardown, and they're placing the order for the parts that were hidden damages. I dont have the full list, but the mechanic I spoke with didn't think it'd be nearly enough to push the car to totalled.

My first question is if I'm getting jerked around by this shop. They took 2 weeks to get the parts and told me they were starting the teardown, and the car should be ready in about 12-15 days. 2 weeks later, it was still in the parking lot, the extent of their teardown had been moving the broken headlight lense under the hood (why? ). I have a feeling I'm only getting attention now because I started to be a squeaky wheel; tho on a side note, I'm not the kid with the focus, I'm "the gentleman with the SVT", I think one of the tech's noticed my car.

Secondly, front-right frame rail. This is part of the hidden damages that are adjusting the estimate. There wasnt any frame damage in the estimate before, but this worries me. Everything I hear leads me to believe that frame damage is the death of fun, forever. How worried ought I be? If I decide I dont want to keep the car I'm really going to lose my shirt, trade-in, I imagine, will be bad even for a Focus after this crash is on record.

I know there must be poeple here with experience in this, any advise for me?

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Old 03-07-2006, 12:50 PM   #2
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Do yo own/lease the car?

Either way, the car should not sit there more than 2 weeks and still be adjusting the estimate without being "torndown". You just have to get in touch with your insurance and let them know whats going on. They can push harder than you.

Talk to the tech that "noticed your car". Maybe he is trying to get the car repaired rather than totaled because he knows you might really like your car..... ( I am being nice here )
That, or they might be trying to skimm the top and get it close to the "Totaled" amount so they can make as much as possible.

When my F150 was getting repaired under insurance, the repair shop charged $150 bucks for the aftermarket fogs that "I" had on there. I got them from AutoZone for $30. They probly paid less than the $30 I got them for. You see where this might be going???

Production Limited and mainly enthusiest vehicle sitting at a repair shop for insurance claims. hmmmm, cha-ching.
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:59 PM   #3
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I own the vehicle, making payments. And it just so happens that I do really like the car, however I'm not sure I'd be able to interview the techs to see if there's somebody who digs the car; the more senior poeple I'd talked to there werent apparently in a mood to listen to anything I had to say. I've gotten the impression that they dont really care because its not really required. Also very excited that after the car was already there, I heard 2 negative reviews on their work...

I love being at the mercy of others. I kinda figure, like a lot of things, either I'll luck out or I'll get bombed here. I can just see ending up with a misaligned bumper with cracking paint, and a radiator that pisses fluid. I will be such a happy camper.

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Old 03-07-2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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being that it was the frame rail most likely the engine/trans and wiring harness will be removed to replace/repair the frame..

body shops work slow

almost 2 weeks ago i pulled a engine/generator and convertor for a prius for a local shop to replace a rail...

the motor is still sitting in my bay along with everything else, the back of the car was filled with parts too. so 10 hrs for me to pull everything out and?...what? 3 weeks to repair the frame?

the worst thing about this is if everything is replaced that needs to be repaired they won't be able to do all the work and communication problems will occur which will lead to the owner of the car getting dicked around from the body shop....its not a fun position to be in as the tech, specially if there is a future problem that they will want me to fix for free even though there warr for a/c and other components are void.
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:31 PM   #5
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2+ weeks seems like a long time to repair a car, at the shop I worked at we would have the worst of cars done is 3 weeks.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:29 PM   #6
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I'm not terribly impressed, I think they were letting it sit because they could. There's really nothing I can do about it, they're working on it now but I'm expecting at LEAST 2 weeks longer. 6 weeks to do 50 hours of work... awesome.
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