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Did they tell you what the repair was going to cost?
Well, as of now the adjuster thinks maybe $11,000, but... the car was just delivered to the repair body shop. I would like to email you pics directly if I can. So, as of now I have no solid dollar figures. I think the value of the card is about $18,000 US.
You can't email me pictures directly but you can upload them to this chat if you'd like
There should be an icon above the text box of a paperclip, this is for uploading pictures
I had trouble resizing it, see if this picture is OK..thanks
It hasn't shown up... did it go through?
Are either of the a pillars bent?
Yes, you mean the frame around the middle of the roof? Yes both are bent/creased. I know it is hard to tell just with one pic. But is is much worse than this one pic... the trunk is bent, mirror, dents on hood and side.
The a-pillars are on either side of the windshield
The front glass
The ones around the rear glass are the c-pillars, which are clearly bent
I don't think so, just a few small dents.
Well my honest opinion is that I can't believe that wasn't totalled. I would certainly try to get another estimate. That might be as close to being totalled as you can get without actually totalling it.
Resale value certainly may be impacted, as you mentioned. This will certainly show up on a carfax report
As for safety, that really depends on the quality of the work performed
I've seen some very shoddy body work. And doing shoddy work on something as structural as the c-pillars and roof can certainly be a safety issue
I guess the body shop will give their opinion this week. If they want to fix it I think I would like to argue that I want it totaled. If you can give me your credentials and why you think it should be totaled I can give it to the insurance company. Just give me a list of bullet style statements why you think it shouldn't be fixed. Thanks...
I'm sorry, but I'm not a body guy. This site is mostly mechanics. The insurance company isn't going to listen to me. There is an expert on here with body shop experience. I will opt out and forward this to him and see if he wants to give you a more in-depth opinion.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX can transfer this information to the body expert would be great!
I'm trying to remember his user name and search for him, one moment
Okay I was able to find his username. I sent him a message with a link to this question. He is not online right now but he is still an active exper so hopefully he checks his PMs
I will have to opt out of this now so that he can post when he gets the message. Sorry I couldn't help, good luck!
I am back...
I just checked, the expert hasn't read his Private Message yet. I will send this to a moderator who can hopefully email him about this
did the body guy see this yet?
no... not yet