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Old 03-17-2013, 07:56 AM   #11
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if the back hatch is "all jacked up" it means it is the BODY that is, not the hatch. That hatch was not hit. Your frame is out of alignment now. The bumper doesn't show it where it meets the body but that is due to the fact it is pliable and is deformed to the body line. Even though the main rear body LOOKS fine, the undercarriage is damaged from the crumple zone design of the bumper mounts. If it drives poor now you have frame issues. Your quote should be closer to triple what they gave you. It is far from cosmetic. I would press for getting it totaled if it is tweaked in the frame. No matter if it Looks ok, it is not. Don't settle, find a good shop who will put it on an alignment rack AND check for front to rear tracking and alignment not just the rear. That car is likely to track sideways now given the side impact. As others have said BE PICKY!
The visual inspection you no doubt got is wrong. The fix will be a lot more than cosmetic. at the very least, the rear needs to be aligned but since it looks like the axle wasn't directly hit, If it tracks bad that means it is the frame. If it is the frame, that is bad news as this is a uni body design and that is very hard to get fixed right. They rarely get realigned properly and more often than not will wear tires unevenly for the rest of its life. It's near impossible to get a twist out of a unibody. (if it is twisted) Good luck!
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:05 AM   #12
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Well, I've never seen a thread with more agreement on what should be done, I must say. Find a collision center/body shop that is someone who you can trust has YOUR best interest at heart... don't go to the insurance company's preferred one, especially if it is THEIR insurance company's preferred one! Find your own, and wherever you go, GET A SECOND OPINION... they're free. Tell them you want only OEM parts, and you want everything checked, front to back, alignment, etc. etc. Get a consensus. If two differ greatly, get a third opinion!
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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Thanks guys for all the help. I still need to meet with the adjuster to have them see my car. But I am going all over town getting quotes. I dont plan to stop at 2. I just want it done and not biting me in the rear a year from now
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