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Also, as an update, we're up to $20,315 in parts/labor per the latest estimate.
Wow, I honestly thought the original 10K might have been a little high considering none of the bags went off. Was there damage to the engine or transmission? Maybe it's just more structural damage than it looks like from the pictures. Doesn't take much for the costs to add up though.



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Wow, I honestly thought the original 10K might have been a little high considering none of the bags went off. Was there damage to the engine or transmission? Maybe it's just more structural damage than it looks like from the pictures. Doesn't take much for the costs to add up though.

Cracked the head on the driver side, so with the motor pulled it'll be a full disassembly on the upper end of that half. Hoping to get by the shop soon to see what it looks like up close.

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Personally, I'd push to total it. With that much damage, I wouldn't want it back.
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Personally, I'd push to total it. With that much damage, I wouldn't want it back.
While I'm sure a good chunk of that is parts, the cost is probably more labor-related since the drivetrain appears to be coming out. If the shop doesn't do a lot of mechanical work, there's also going to be a good chunk sub-contracted and probably to the dealer with high labor rates. However - depending on the trim level that's starting to get close to the threshold anyway and the adjuster may tell the shop to just pack everything in the cargo area and send it to the junkyard...


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While I'm sure a good chunk of that is parts, the cost is probably more labor-related since the drivetrain appears to be coming out. If the shop doesn't do a lot of mechanical work, there's also going to be a good chunk sub-contracted and probably to the dealer with high labor rates. However - depending on the trim level that's starting to get close to the threshold anyway and the adjuster may tell the shop to just pack everything in the cargo area and send it to the junkyard...

100hrs of labor.
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Cracked the head on the driver side, so with the motor pulled it'll be a full disassembly on the upper end of that half. Hoping to get by the shop soon to see what it looks like up close.
If there was enough of an impact to crack the head it is quite probable that the forces of that impact also transferred into the transmission and drive/tail shaft. If this did indeed happen there could be problems with various bearings and shafts which may not show up until several years of driving have elapsed.

With this in mind I would also be asking for the vehicle to be totalled. Pity your air bags didn’t go off as that is often the determining factor for the assessor when they are deciding to total a vehicle or not.

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100hrs of labor.
If they DO fix it, it'll be at least a month. Where do you stand on a rental? I think some insurance companies cap rentals at 30 days...

I agree with another poster, an impact hard enough to crack a head is a significant impact (or one VERY carefully placed) you'll need the insurance company to agree to protect you against future issues with other components. This request may be enough to tip the scales to total loss...


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Glad you are ok. Sucks to have a basically new car damaged in such a stupid way.
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Thanks for posting this. There was almost nothing you could do there. You both bobbed!

Scary!!! Glad both of you are ok. Glad you weren't speeding....
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