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Old 02-21-2005, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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pouring rain, and southern california dont mix. Neither do aholes with no morals. Some d bag in a 350z cut me off on the freeway, and when I pulled into the next lane to avoid a collision, I hit a puddle and my car lost traction. Before I knew it I was spinning and smashing into the center divide @ 60 mph in the pouring rain. Fk face didnt even pull over and My car was left there in shambles. The engine is fine but the main impact was on the passenger side rear wheel. Shattered the rim to peices, bent the arm underneath (axle I guess), and moderate body damage (requiring new bumpers- M3 and a new paint job ). This happened today so I dont know the full scope of repairs needed, but will my car ever be the same????


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Old 02-21-2005, 11:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does anybody know how long bodyshops take? (considering the damages- both body and mechanical, waiting for parts, labor, paint, yada yada yada, and it just got to the shop today). How long could I be driving around my p.o.s. rental?
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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that sucks man.
depends on how much they have to do. when i wrecked my porsche a couple of years back they had to search for parts a bit, but that is because i wanted to have used parts to save money(the car was old and new parts were more than the car) It took them around a week or so to get the parts and like 3-4 days to actually install (new hood, fender, headlight assembly, fix bumper and fogs, and paint the front end of the car)
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it will probablly take 2-3 weeks including paint
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Damn, that sucks... How lond did you have that car for?
Hope everything turns out for the best.
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I dont know how much stuff you messed up underneath, but back in October I smacked a curb with my rear wheel doing about 30 (dont ask) and i pretty much had to replace everything from the diff over to to the wheel excluding brakes. The parts cost me about $1100 from the dealer (at cost!!). I still have to get the wheel refinished (another 100 bucks). Hopfully you only bent the axle and the suspension is still ok.
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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man that really sucks. I hate people who drive stupid in the rain. Especially here in so cal where it rains so infrequently, because when it does all the built up oil on the roads gets super greasy. Hopefully your shop will do a good job and it will drive fine after it is fixed. Good luck
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I dont know what the deal is w/ the shop, but they are gonna call me when they will start assesing the damages. I only had my car for 2 months, but I already put so much work into it. I hope they can fix it, or dont declare it totaled. Because if it runs fine, I still want that car.

I'll update when things clear up.
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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a week to 2 weeks my friends got blindsided and needed a new door so yeah that is how long it will take
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Good luck. It could take a while... all really depends on the shop, their load, and how bad they want to get paid. My experience tells me they try to get stuff done quick at the end of the month and are kinda slow at the beginning. That wheel is crazy...definately a picture for Momo!
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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depending on how busy the shop is, could take a week, up to 3...
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longest wait will come from getting the parts...took me 2 months to get my infinity 1 kit.
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Man, that sucks. It all depends on the shop. Id take it some place good and wait a little longer than get a cheap fast paint job. Drive carefully in the rain.

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ah that really does suck. good luck with it all.
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tommorow they lift the car up and asess the damages, so after the claim adjustor takes a look at the damage, I will update. I AM FREAKING OUT. So far the descision is looking to be 65% totalled, and 35% fixable. At this point, I dont know what I want. Update tommorow.

(and my rental car- Hyundai Sonata- smells like fish.)
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