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Old 11-29-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Jeep vs El Camino

A gentleman in an 80's El Camino made a left turn in front of me. The Jeep held up well but I'm pretty sure it will be totaled. It definitely proved that it is a durable vehicle, I walked away without a scratch. Luckily the other driver was unhurt as well.


















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Old 11-29-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Sweet el camino! Looks like there was some speed involved, glad you guys are okay

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Old 11-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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I was going 55ish when I saw him turn, not sure how slow I had gotten it before we hit. I had a dashcam on my Christmas list, guess I needed it a month earlier...
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:15 PM   #4
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The jeep will be totaled?
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:18 PM   #5
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UGH! That sucks, my friend! Glad everyone was okay! Can I have your hard top? lol, j/k
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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GSN - probably since the airbags deployed, and based on the freedom panel pulling loose and the crinkle in the fender, there could be frame damage/twisting. It will be borderline between scrapping it or repairing it.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #7
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Glad no one was hurt. I'm surprised how well the Jeep looks. To be honest, scrolling down I expected a lot more carnage. I understand it may be totaled but I'm still impressed (judging only from the pictures of course). Again, glad to hear you're all ok.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:27 PM   #8
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I don't see it being totaled from what the few photos show.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:47 PM   #9
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No chance on gods green earth that jeep is getting totaled, not even close. Most people don't know that frame damage hasn't been an "automatic total" for years.

A steel bumper would have minimized the damage to the jeep. Get a steel bumper people.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:18 PM   #10
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I'm amazed how much paint flaked off of the El Camino. Terrible paint job on that one.
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I'm amazed how much paint flaked off of the El Camino. Terrible paint job on that one.
I was thinking the same thing.
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That was one sweet ElCamino....
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #13
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And here I thought you were going to compare a JEEP to this!!!
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glad to hear your ok !!! the jeep will totaled?? doesn't look too bad.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #15
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Donmeca - I've heard both, but I will meet with the adjuster this week to total the damages, if it isn't totaled, then I'll be looking into diminished value claims and GAP insurance payment.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #16
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The way those freedom panels are pushed back, we might not be able to see the real damage, im interested in the outcome of this.
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And here I thought you were going to compare a JEEP to this!!!
Ha ha ha, so did I!
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:13 PM   #18
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This is why I like body on frame vehicles, battering ram effect on frontal and rear impacts. Now as for side impacts, height over the other vehicle is best. In this case you have the advantage of both. Glad everyone is ok.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:09 PM   #19
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Estimated at $4k in damages, it's been hauled to the collision center for repairs now.
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Ha ha ha, so did I!
Ha, me too.

Glad you're okay.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:28 PM   #21
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Assuming that means no frame damage? I got rear ended in one of my Mustangs at about 20mph and it was nearly $10k though it was all body work nothing mechanical/structural that I recall. Glad that both drivers are ok! Vehicles can be repaired or replaced.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #22
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Assuming that means no frame damage? I got rear ended in one of my Mustangs at about 20mph and it was nearly $10k though it was all body work nothing mechanical/structural that I recall. Glad that both drivers are ok! Vehicles can be repaired or replaced.
LOL I wondered if that was you I saw in the dune thread

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Looks like your Jeep fared much better than some of the crash test results I've seen. I guess the El Camino served as a crumple zone for yours, compared to the solid immovable wall of the tests.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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Yeah I already noticed a few things missing from the estimate..like the passenger air bag, repair to the freedom top, aftermarket items (sending those invoices today)..so we'll see where this actually goes in the next few days..
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Does the LED Light bar still work?
If so, Send pictures to the manufacturer. Maybe get a new one.
Better than a Baseball bat test!

Glad everyone is ok.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:26 PM   #28
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Fellow Georgian here and my first vehicle was a 1985 GMC Caballero which was the much more rare cousin to the Chevy El Camino. Thing came with air shocks and floated along like a Caddy. Glad y'all are both ok.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:46 PM   #29
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Does the LED Light bar still work? If so, Send pictures to the manufacturer. Maybe get a new one. Better than a Baseball bat test! Glad everyone is ok.
The lights still work perfectly but the mounts did get sheared off. You could still rework them in some way though.
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Partial update:

Thursday I received a check from Geico for ~$3800. I wondered if it was a depreciated value, but I knew it was too early for that. Turns out it was a check for the original estimate for damages. I went by the shop Friday and they told me not to touch it, because the Jeep is borderline totaled.

The body mount behind the passenger-front tire is now at a 45 degree angle from the impact. The passenger front door buckled from the compression and they showed where the windshield pillar shifted a couple of inches behind the door before snapping back to roughly where it was before. They were still digging while I was there, but one determining factor was a wiring harness to the left of the radiator - the mopar light bar went into the harness, but they haven't checked to see if it damaged any wires. He said if any wires were damaged/cut, it would be totaled because they are not allowed to splice wiring harnesses.

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