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Old 03-11-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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Rear-ended

So, last night my '10 JKU was rear-ended at stop light by an unlicensed 16 yr old girl driving a '05 Lincoln Navigator. Luckily it wasn't that hard of a hit, her front grill hit the spare tire. It ripped my cover and there was a very tiny scratch on the wheel. Barely even noticeable. There is no other noticeable damage that I can see.

What if anything else should I look for? The door opens and shut like normal. I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but I do want to make sure everything is properly taken care of.
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Make sure the spare didn't twist. See if you can remove it and get it back on.

Make sure the rear bumper didn't crack or come loose.

Check the spare carrier brake light. Verify it still works

That's about it. You got off easy I think...or should I say SHE DID
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When you take the spare off look at the sheet metal on the tailgate from the side looking for ripples. Check the spot welds on the inside of the door. Make sure you open the tailgate all of the way and close it looking/listening for issues.
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re: "What if anything else should I look for? "

yes, look for a cop and report the incident. Unlicensed driver causing accident is a poor way to begin one's motoring responsibilities.
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Make sure the spare didn't twist. See if you can remove it and get it back on.

Make sure the rear bumper didn't crack or come loose.

Check the spare carrier brake light. Verify it still works

That's about it. You got off easy I think...or should I say SHE DID
Take the spare, put it on the front driver hub and drive with it for bit to check for any shimmy/wobble/etc.
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely get the wheel checked out. I've checked the door over really good and there doesn't appear to be any distortion. I need to check the tire carrier welds when I take the tire off.

I know we could have pressed the issue with the cops, but since there is minimum damage (so far just the cover), it was nice to be able to extend grace and allow this to be a learning experience without adding unneeded financial consequences. Hopefully her and her parents will take this and learn from it.
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Keep in mind, that being rear ended at very low speeds can cause back and neck injuries that can take weeks to show up. This is why I would fille a police and insurance reports. If this happens and you have to cover the costs, it can take a lot of mod money out of your pocket very quickly.
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Had this happen to my 2010 2 dr less than 3 weeks after I got it. Same thing happened, rear ended at red light. It bent her hood to look like a tent. I checked everything and saw no damage so I let her leave without any police report. Later I noticed the top left corner was bent back alittle. I thought It may have supposed to have that little curve to it. After looking at another JK .I see it was bent some from tailgate being pushed in too hard. Nothing to worry about but I wish now I had exchanged info with each other.
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely get the wheel checked out. I've checked the door over really good and there doesn't appear to be any distortion. I need to check the tire carrier welds when I take the tire off.

I know we could have pressed the issue with the cops, but since there is minimum damage (so far just the cover), it was nice to be able to extend grace and allow this to be a learning experience without adding unneeded financial consequences. Hopefully her and her parents will take this and learn from it.
Learning experience? Who needs to be taught that its illegal to drive without a license or insurance?
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely get the wheel checked out. I've checked the door over really good and there doesn't appear to be any distortion. I need to check the tire carrier welds when I take the tire off.

I know we could have pressed the issue with the cops, but since there is minimum damage (so far just the cover), it was nice to be able to extend grace and allow this to be a learning experience without adding unneeded financial consequences. Hopefully her and her parents will take this and learn from it.
ah. so she was pretty is what you are saying.
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely get the wheel checked out. I've checked the door over really good and there doesn't appear to be any distortion. I need to check the tire carrier welds when I take the tire off.

I know we could have pressed the issue with the cops, but since there is minimum damage (so far just the cover), it was nice to be able to extend grace and allow this to be a learning experience without adding unneeded financial consequences. Hopefully her and her parents will take this and learn from it.
Yeah, they'll learn from it. It was probably the parents who let her drive their vehicle knowing that she shouldn't. Keep in mind that she could have waffled a kid. It should be reported. Still, no good deed goes unpunished.
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I backed into a tree with my JKU in the mountains trying to turn around. I got out looked at the back end and everything looked normal.

A week later I checked it and found that the tire holder was broken but was really hard to see without close examination.

Take the spare off and look it over very closely. Fortunately that was the only damage.
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yeah, i would've filed a police report. if she's unlicensed then she is uninsured. her next accident could devastate her family financially.
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely get the wheel checked out. I've checked the door over really good and there doesn't appear to be any distortion. I need to check the tire carrier welds when I take the tire off.

I know we could have pressed the issue with the cops, but since there is minimum damage (so far just the cover), it was nice to be able to extend grace and allow this to be a learning experience without adding unneeded financial consequences. Hopefully her and her parents will take this and learn from it.

I don't know what state you are in, but some states have uninsured property damage coverage available. Under this coverage you do not have to pay a deductible to have your damage repaired. But you need a police report to prove how the damage occurred and also the insurance company will verify the tortfeasor had no insurance coverage.

It is always a good idea to get a police report if you are involved in an accident.

You could have hidden damage on your vehicle.
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I backed into a tree with my JKU in the mountains trying to turn around. I got out looked at the back end and everything looked normal.

A week later I checked it and found that the tire holder was broken but was really hard to see without close examination.

Take the spare off and look it over very closely. Fortunately that was the only damage.
Forgot to mention that the spare tire holder is made out of some sort of plastic material so wouldn't be too hard to fracture as mine did!

Have you checked it yet??

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