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Old 10-12-2009, 09:35 PM
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Question about estimate...

I have a 97 Jeep Wrangler SE with 160,000 miles on it. No major problems other than needing a new top, I was just hoping to get through the next 8 months with it (I'll be graduating and getting a job, so it'll be time to get a new Jeep). Friday night a guy rear-ended me (he was going about 50mph, I was going about 5mph) and pushed me into another car. The front bumper is twisted, as is the front left fender. My back bumper is twisted under, the gas tank has a crease as does the gas tank shield, and the spare tire/bike rack are now both angled under as well. The rear gate is hard to close, requiring lifting and kicking to get it to latch. The guy basically went under my wrangler with his civic. The mechanic I talked to said it's drivable, ugly but drivable. I went to get an estimate today on the body work because I can't decide if I want to dump a bunch of money into a car I was going to trade in in about 8 months. The guy calculated up everything up, came to about $2800 in damage but said that he couldn't tell if the frame was twisted without doing a "tear down" and putting it up on the rack. My question is, do they really have to do a "tear down" to figure out if the frame is bent? Why can't they just put it up on the rack and do the measurements? If they're going to total it, I'd rather just take the money and drive it for another 8 months before dumping it (aka selling it for parts) and using the cash for a down payment on my new car. Surely there is a way to figure out exactly how much damage there is without ripping it apart? Thanks for any input.
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I'm assuming the guy with the civic had insurance. At least you hope he did. You can tell if the frame is bent by lifting the Jeep, but sometimes there are very slight differences that could be overlooked by just doing that. $2800 for all that damage is fairly cheap. I hit some kid that cut me off and it was just the front right fender and that came up to be $1500. If he had insurance I say take it to a smaller shop and have them fix the important parts like the gas tank and the gate. The rest you can leave it as it is... if you can live with it.

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Glad you're ok.

The insurance company (his and yours) are the ones interested in knowing if the frames twisted and/or if it's "totaled". His (and your) insurance company should be asking you for quotes to get it back to the "way it was" before the accident.

Plus, you won't have a vote in the "keep it or total it" question. If the insurance decides it's not worth fixing, they'll pay you out and take the jeep and auction it off. You COULD buy it back and drive it, but, why?

Sounds like it's "drivable" but not really something you want to use for daily use. Talk with your insurance company before you do much else is my advise.
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dont wast anymore money on a 4 cyl with 160k and wrecked!!!! BTW glad ur not hurt!!
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