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Old 10-14-2005, 12:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Accident Today, need advice

Well what I was afraid would happen one day happened today.
I got in a accident and smashed up the front end of the car pretty good. It was the other guys fault so it's not my dollar, but a whole alot of my time.

The damage doesn't seem real bad, but breaks my heart to see my car like this. The guy driving the other car was making a turn and didn't see me, so he turn right in front of me. I was doing about 25mph, tried to swerve to the left, but the guy stopped right in my path.

So I hit him on his passenger front door with my front right. My bumper is cracked down by the fog light, headlight cracked, and right fender all smashed up. Also cracked my eurogrill.

This is the first accident I've been in, so some things are unclear. I already contacted his insurance company and their having someone come out and do a estimate of the damage. I'm not sure who I should have repair the damage. Would it be best to take it to a dealer and have fixed? Any advice or experience on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 10-14-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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Dan,

I have no idea what your location is since it would appear that you are "out washing the Focus" but check with some local car guys about who does the best paint work/body work in town and get estimates.
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Old 10-14-2005, 12:51 PM   #3
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I would take it to a dealer LAST.. in my experiences, dealers charge you as much as humanly possible. Take Goat's advice.
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Old 10-14-2005, 02:51 PM   #5
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i had an hit and run on my SVTF (F'in people) just last year... i kinda know about most of the shops around the TWINS area, most are bad shops... so i took it to the FORD dealership where i bought the car from.... they got my car back to me in 3 days.... their price was almost identical to the quote estamate i got from the insurance.....

look around and get estamates.... and make sure those shops can warrenty thier work and paint job.... FORD did wit my car........
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if it's not coming out of your pocket then take it to the best damned body shop you can find in the area. his insurance company is paying the cost, and he's pay ing the deductable, so just find out from them who they have contracts with.

some ins cos will only allow certain shops do work, others will send their own appraiser and give you a limit check then leave it to you in order to find a shop to do it for that price, others are completely flexible and give you a blank check so long as it's confirmed with business what is damaged.
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i would take it to a ford dealer, they know ford products and they can get ford parts easier.
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Get like 2 or 3 estimates. You don't want to get screwed. Don't go to the dealer they like to pull the movie theater snackbar thing and markup prices like whoa.

And make sure the work you get done is GAURUNTEED (cant spell)
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Old 10-14-2005, 04:38 PM   #9
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Thanks for the reponses guys. My brother in law is painter in Florida and he use to work in the San Diego area. He refered me to a shop close by that is suppose to be one of the best in the area. They supposively have a life time satisfaction guarantee on the work. Plus he knows one of the painters personally, so it looks like that will be where I go.
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Also, No matter where you eventually get it fixed... Insist (and I do mean INSIST) they use OEM Ford parts. A lot of times they will try to substitute cheap knockoff parts, and the fit quality is horrible. I would ask to see the boxes the parts come in.

I did this with my fiance's Explorer when she wrecked it this past summer. Sure I looked like a total jerk to the guys at the body shop, oh well. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, yada yada.
I ended up being very happy with the repair, even though the insurance company was trying to cheap out at first, insisting on quality won in the end.
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