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Sep 17, 2021, 6:35 AM

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Hoping someone can clarify: We have a vehicle that was in a front end collision and there is clear damage to the front upper and lower rails on the driver side. It has always been my understanding that the "crumple" or "Crush" zones of a vehicle were entire regions of a vehicle (i.e. the front and/or back) designed to crush and dissipate forces during a collision and not just "sections" or "areas" on specific parts. When asked, body shop and ins co either skirt the question(s) or act like there are areas deemed "crumple zones" on different parts and that they "don't think" these crumple areas have been impacted. If the crumple zones have been impacted from what I understand the frame parts involved would need to be replaced or at a minimum sectioned in order for the vehicle to be returned to a safe status. Am I wrong in my thinking that crumple zones are entire regions of vehicles?

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Sep 17, 2021, 8:02 AM

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It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. The insurance company works from whatever rules they determine and your only recourse is to hire experts and sue them. That can be mighty expensive.

Sometimes the shop can sway their decision but remember, it's possible the shop wants the job bad and is convincing the insurance company to repair rather than total.


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