Diminished value is going to be critical. Frame damage likely. Totaling it is probably best outcome for you. Glad everyone is OK.
If your smart, LISTEN UP! Find your next vehicle and trade that one in exactly as it is. They would rather have it and your insurance check than a repaired vehicle.Last week we were T-boned by an illegal passer. The driver of the other car took full responsibility at the scene, 3rd party witness spoke to the cops. All people and the fur baby are OK. Ticket issued to the driver.
That's the end of the good news.
My 2022 S3 (15,755 miles) was severely damaged. The driver's door is destroyed, the floor and kneepad are bucked. Side curtain and driver's backrest airbags were deployed. Both front fenders do not align with the hood by over 2". The left front tire is in contact with the upper control arm. And the left rear quarter panel is wrinkled.
Because the other driver is totally At Fault, I chose to skip over my insurance and go directly to his. The process has been moving forward until the adjuster thoroughly examined my car...
According to the adjuster, Crash Parts are not available yet, no prices known, nor labor hours for their replacement. As well as a pre-cash Fair Market Value is not yet established.
Has anyone else been into the situation with their Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer needing substantial body work or has been totaled?
I need to know if the adjuster is blowing smoke or this is a real problem?
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this color got discontinued. You can only get the normal white. I too was looking for this color combo but couldn't find one. I got everything I wanted except for color. We got the Baltic Gray. The insurance should cut bait soon since the rental cost will surpass any couple of thousands here or there. If all fails, they should pull auction pricing on similar Wagoneers and decide on FMV.Well, its UNofficial…
Got a call from my insider at the body shop. The frame is slightly bent. Not enough to see, but the super-precision measuring system show it up to a few millimeters out-of-spec.
The real problem is: The entire left side of the body shell (from the firewall to the liftgate) has to be replaced as one piece. Plus pulling the dashboard sub-structure into place.
That means having to remove THE ENTIRE interior, open 35 feet of seams and then put it all back together.
His opinion is that the amount of labor will push the cost-of-repairs well past the 75% threshold (then add the cost of renting a full-sized SUV for 2 months!).
We asked, “if it was his car..” he would not repair it.
So, time to start shopping in earnest for a replacememt.
Anyone got an S3 in Luxury White and Sea Salt they are looking to part with?
Interesting thought!....But the hassle of taking in a crashed vehicle won't be free! That is if the dealer wants to bother but times are getting tough so it might work in the right market area.If your smart, LISTEN UP! Find your next vehicle and trade that one in exactly as it is. They would rather have it and your insurance check than a repaired vehicle.