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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-09-2018, 03:02 PM
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Believe him he knows his stuff 😉

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"The clear coat on the 3.6R is softer and thinner than on the 2.5.
They make it thinner to save some of the weight that the six cylinder adds to the car."

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"The clear coat on the 3.6R is softer and thinner than on the 2.5.
They make it thinner to save some of the weight that the six cylinder adds to the car."
The thicker clear coat on this car was not thick enough, evidently.

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Nothing a little Bondo can't fix.

Really, though, a 15mph (speed of both cars) corner (angled) head-on into my '17 Legacy caused about $6500 damage. That plus the $3000 Diminished Value I wrangled out of the other guys Insurance Co. That Legacy wasn't anywhere near as damaged as your Outback looks. Yet, it spent four hours on the frame rack being straightened. Then all the body work, engine mount replacement parts, radiator, frame welding the replacement steel from the removed bent pieces of frame under engine, etc. added up.

Since it was an angle hit, the air bags didn't even go off. But I did have belt bruises and bruises on my arms from them hitting the steering wheel. I wasn't too pleased the airbags didn't go off, but the cop said that's something you don't really want to experience. Subaru said that at that speed and angle, the airbags wouldn't go off.

That crash showed up about six months later on Carfax for that car. I now have a '17 Outback limited in it's place.

I'd say yours is a definite Total.
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post #24 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-09-2018, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like it's still drivable.
When the tow guy tried to drive forward, the front end was lifting up, so he stopped and tried to go back and only went 3 feet. Had to pull the tow truck over to get it.
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Glad everyone is ok, kind of amazed the windshield didn’t crack. I had 1-1/2 year old car repaired and man did they do a bad job. Had it back for rework 4 times. The couldn’t even paint it with out dull overspray everywhere-
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When the tow guy tried to drive forward, the front end was lifting up, so he stopped and tried to go back and only went 3 feet. Had to pull the tow truck over to get it.

Huh, who would'a thunk that?!



Glad everyone is OK. The car took quite the lick on that one. The body damage is probably going to run 6k (parts, prep, full paint) and new airbags a couple k on top. And this is what we can see. Likely needs new rad, who knows how the square the subframe is now. If it isn't, the whole powertrain isn't lined up anymore and extra strain/wear could happen. And as mentioned diminished value.......



I'd be pushing for a complete write off and pushing for a 1 MY newer car (I know my insurance guaranteed 1 MY newer if something happened in the first 5 years).
I think I'd try to get the wheels off if they are good (3 look fine, DS ??) and use them as your winter set (the car needs wheels when written off, so throw some cheap-*** steelies and bald tires on it!).
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Repair estimate came back at $18.6k. I think thats just shy of the 75% value.
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Is 75% the break over point between a fix vs total decision on a vehicle? I'd argue with the insurance company if they won't total it when it's that close, you're going to have a lot of risk on your end and a huge depreciation in value on a basically new vehicle if you needed to sell it in the next 4-5 years.

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post #29 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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They said that was visible damage. They're totaling it and giving a nice payout. Getting new 2018 Limited
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