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junk2000
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Jun 14, 2018, 11:47 AM

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Wheels and tires were taken at a parking lot. No blocks or crates were used and the vehicle (Nissan AWD) apparently dropped to the pavement with enough force to warp the door. It was left on one rock, presumably to get the jack out. Aside from the obvious damage underneath (exhaust, transmission pan, axles, rotors...) is the unibody probably trashed?

I'll find out from the adjuster in a couple days, but just curious.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:27 PM

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What jerks! That 1st pic the gap of the door jam and hidden rocker I suspect this was a real butcher job to hoist it is unknown quite how or where. Anything can be straightened back to fit and other damage when it's inspected by a real body shop IMO this was probably lifted to get two wheels up at a time in a weak spot.


Appraiser qualified shop can tell and price it out worried about the door doesn't look like the rest of the body stayed intact but early yet needs to be up and checked.


Stinks now hope it's not worse than it looks


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junk2000
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Jun 14, 2018, 1:20 PM

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Thanks Tom.

Well my hope is that it's bad enough to get totalled. I'm convinced that it will be at least $10K in repairs on a $30k car.

I'm not a mechanic, so excuse me if my terminology is off, but the rotors were trashed and the axles/spindles bent. Pink fluid so the transmission pan cracked. Exhaust was mangled. Bumpers and all the trim need replacing. Window shattered.

If you're going to be a thief, at least take pride in your work. These scumbags are clearly lacking any skill.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 14, 2018, 2:30 PM

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At least you have some humor left with last line there. They wan to be less than a minute and out of there and shows it. Not the point you didn't state what model year and info IMO not totaled but you can see what is found don't forget it's no longer original condition and can look and run as good as it did no problem but the hidden value of fixing it tattoos it if insurance pays it's marked that it happened.


Now if you were buying this used with an exact one untouched right beside it which would you pay more for? There's hidden lost $ there depending on how aggressive you can get with your insurance and type of coverage.
They decide based on value of what it really was and do the math what they could get for it right now as it is and not fix it. ? Maybe factor cost of a rental while this gets fixed. So whichever is their cheapest way out rules despite it's totally fixable as said. Help from a body shop may help you with options you have?


Hate this crap with a nice looking at least just those two pics looked in good shape lots else matters,


T



Hammer Time
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Jun 14, 2018, 3:35 PM

Post #5 of 9 (185 views)
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Pretty hard to talk about whether it's totaled or not when you don't post the year or model.



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junk2000
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Jun 14, 2018, 7:26 PM

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Sorry guys. 2015 Nissan Murano AWD Platinum. Was in excellent condition. Probably 26k in trade value, so I'm guessing the total threshold is around 20k.

If the frame isn't toast, I'm sure they can piece it back together like Frankenstein for under 20k. If it's close, I might try to push for diminished value (if that's allowed) and just buy a new car.

I don't have a personal attachment to the car, but am a big fan of frame integrity.

In my younger years I might have hunted these guys for months and run them over upon finding them, but I've calmed down and developed some humor over time.

Still sloppy is sloppy. Whatever you do in life, do it right :-)


Hammer Time
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Jun 14, 2018, 7:34 PM

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I think it is a real stretch to expect frame damage. Most of what you need is bolt on and they will require used parts where available so I think your estimate is high. You need minimal paint work and suspension parts are cheap.

I wouldn't expect to get a new car out of this.



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junk2000
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Jun 15, 2018, 8:38 AM

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Thanks. You were right.

The adjuster got things done faster than I expected. We're looking at $7k, and perhaps another $1-2k once they can get to some of the guts during the repair.


Hammer Time
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Jun 15, 2018, 8:41 AM

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Sounds good. I'll close this now as solved.



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