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After Several Months of Lurking...

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We bought a 2022 S3 Wagoneer in August of 2022. Only because we decided a crew cab 1/2 ton pickup was wrong for us and there were no other Full Size SUV's available in our area. We had the opportunity to compare the regular and grand versions side by side in a dealer's lot. The Grand Wagoneer was Too Much Car for us. And the Wagoneer S2 on the lot was black-on-black (unsuitable for visiting family in southwest Florida).

The next day we spotted a Luxury White with Light Tan interior at a local dealer.

All my negotiating leverage went out the door when I pointed to That Car and tossed the salesman the keys to my 2016 Wrangler and said, "appraise it."

Zero Regrets!

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The Wagoneer served us wonderfully for about a month. Until bringing home a new puppy, She puked over the 2nd row seat and carpeting. Ever have a 1 month old car get an 'emergency' detailing? $200 and takes almost 4 hours.

Since then, the dog goes with us everywhere. And is great on long and short trips.

The car has taken us from Upstate NY to South Florida and back. Twice! With zero problems.

I had the first tire rotation done a a dealership in Venice FL. Second and third at the local dealership. Along with software updates. An oil change and matching wheel and tire with the second tire rotation.

Last Tuesday 5/9/23 at 5:30 PM EDT an impatient BMW driver decided to pass 1 CUV and a Wagoneer pulling a small trailer on a 2 lane country road in a legal passing zone. The Wagoneer signaled and made a left turn into lthe owner's driveway. Point of contact was at the end of the driveway. We were spun onto the opposite side of the road.

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The beemer took out the mailbox and a chunk of our fence.

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You can see where our front tires were pushed sideways.

All people and fur babies are OK.

Still waiting for Insurance to figure out which end is up.

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I'm so sorry your family had to go through something like this, but it's good to hear you all made it through OK!

That luxury white pearl was so nice too, it's too bad they don't make them anymore 馃槪

I imagine there's a fight coming up with the insurance sadly, they'll try to say the person making the left turn is responsible for vehicles crossing its path. But you could argue the BMW was being negligent attempting to pass multiple vehicles while they were slowing down, indicating there is something taking place ahead. Either way, I wish you luck, I think you have a decent case, of an unsafe driver. Let us know how it all pans out, and I'm sorry again for your lost Wagoneer, but at least you and your family is safe.
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Fortunatly, the Beemer driver took full responsibility at the scene. There was also a 3rd party witness. The police even issued the Beemer driver a ticket for 鈥淯nsafe Passing鈥.

There has been no resistance by his insurance company, so far, to pay for my loss.

The fight will be:
- Is the car Worth Fixing?
or
- How Much is My Loss?
Fortunatly, the Beemer driver took full responsibility at the scene. There was also a 3rd party witness. The police even issued the Beemer driver a ticket for 鈥淯nsafe Passing鈥.

There has been no resistance by his insurance company, so far, to pay for my loss.

The fight will be:
- Is the car Worth Fixing?
or
- How Much is My Loss?
Good luck with the fight and please keep us in the loop!
Tuesday 5/16/23 morning the remnants of my Wagoneer was gathered up and delivered to Collision & Chrome in New Windsor NY.

I had a long discussion with their lead body-man.

The plan is to disassemble the bodywork and find if the frame is bent, how badly the body shell is damaged.

A big concern is, 鈥淲ill the car be as safe in a crash as it was after cutting out the rocker panel and a chunk of floor pan with new pieces welded in?鈥 Stellantis may forbid it because of the type of steel used.
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You don't have to decide, insurance company will..
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Yeah, still waiting for a determination. Car is being checked for hidden damage at the body shop.
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