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Update - Garbage truck rear ender Sept 25 - LONG!! (archive)

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Posted by pete on November 25, 2000 at 02:59:44:

Okay, just a quick history for those of you who did not know what happened. On a sunny morning on September 25, 2000, while stopped to make a right hand turn, I was rear ended by a BIG garbage truck. Suffice to say that I was not happy. As you can see by the first pick (taken at the tow lot) the car took it hard in the trunk, trunk hood, the driver's side door (got pinched when the frame bent, the right rear quarter panel and the left rear quarter panel. After discussions with the local insurance company (ICBC) it was deemed salvagable. The frame was bent just over 2 mm (the car would have been written off at 3 mm) and the estimate for the repairs was at $7,000.00. I brought the car in to one of Vancouver's best body shops (thanks for those who recommeded them to me) - Burrard Autostrasse (sp?). They looked the car over and assured me that they would be able to fix it (as good as new). At this point the fun begins (note that the shop has been excellent throughout the ordeal). As I was looking the car over, I noticed the front bumper was out of alignment. I had the insurance person look at it and he noted that there was some dammage underneath. He noted that this probably occured during the towing process. I had to make another insurance claim against the tow company in order to get the bumper fixed. Needless to say, they did not admit to the dammage. Fortunately (after a few days of discussion), they took responsibility and admitted fault. Now I have to have the trunk, the trunk lid, the rear trunk spoiler, the right and left rear quarter panels, the driver's side door and the front bumper repainted. For the next week all was going well, or so I thought. Pics #2 & 3 shows the car in the shop with the bumper removed and the frame pulled back. Once the rear right quarter was pulled out the shop pointed out to me the "ROT" that was infesting the jack compartment (pic # 4). I had realized that there were some rust there, but did not realize how quickly it spread. More bad news, the inner wheel well was NOT dammaged during the accident and thus if I wanted the rust to be fixed, I would have to pay out of my own pocket. $350.00 later, the fabricator did a fantastic job (pic # 5). He did not do a patch job, but instead fabricated a new panel. Another week went by, and once again I received another dreaded call from the shop. They were going over the car and noticed a dent in the roof. The assured me that they did not do it (I really believe them). It was in the corner of the roof and was more like a crease. It definitely looked like something had dropped on it (perhaps a rock). The shop informed me that it definitely looked like something had dropped on the roof (rather than me running into something), and that if that was the case I could make a comprehensive claim with the insurance company. Another call and another claim later I'm out another $100.00 for the deductible. Now everything will be repainted except the hood, the rocker panels, the front two fenders and the two mirrors. At this point I decided to jump in with both feet and see how much it would cost to get the rest of the car painted. Just to be sure, I also asked the shop to look the car over for any other rust or dammage. Needless to say, they found more! It appears that the cancer was not limited to the one area that was visible. In the same wheel arch where the initial rust was found, the shop also found a small rust patch. They "probed" it and found it went right through to the back seat (another $150.00). On the passenger side rear wheel arch (battery compartment)all appeared good until the "probing." Suffice to say that the cancer had also spread here (another $580.00). The body shop stated that these areas seems to be quite popular for rust, as there is an awkward angle joint that tends to trap moisture and is prone to rust (check these areas out in your car!!). The shop also noted that some "idiots" had jacked up the car using the improper jack points and had crushed the front rocker joints on both sides of the car. These joints were then exposed to the moisture and have now begun to swell and rust (KA-CHING$$$). The shop also noticed quite a few door dings and chips that would have to be repaired prior to painting... left door - 12 dings, right rear quarter panel - 3 dings, left front fender - 2 dents, hood - one dent. All in all the final total, for the rust repair and the paint and body work (everything painted except the engine compartment and the small piece under the windshield), will be $4000.00 Canadian!!! My WONDERFUL wife (yes I did have to ask her) said that if I plan to keep the car (I tend to buy and sell cars every 2-3 years... BUT NOT THIS ONE) I might as well get everything done at one time. Suffice to say it will be done! I will post the final picture of the car once it gets out of the shop.

Sorry for long post.

(currently driving an '84 Rabbit - winter car)

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