Question about estimate... - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 10-12-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1
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.

jeepgal is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2009, 09:47 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
danieldlg_13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,012
Send a message via MSN to danieldlg_13 Send a message via Yahoo to danieldlg_13
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.

danieldlg_13 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2009, 09:52 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,775
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.
stevens243 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2009, 09:59 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Jeepzcb09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: springfield,OH
Posts: 714
dont wast anymore money on a 4 cyl with 160k and wrecked!!!! BTW glad ur not hurt!!
__________________
1998 Tj Sport: Rough Country,MetalCloak,GoodYear,Alpine,Crager,AtoZ

Check out my band:AfterTatse2010.webs
Jeepzcb09 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Tags
bent frame , jeep , measurements , rack , wrecked

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Body lift question Covrace YJ General Discussion Forum 1 06-23-2009 05:27 PM
Carb question and a clunky question.. Sea Monkey YJ Tech Forum 1 05-24-2009 12:44 PM
Lift question - Will I need a longer driveshaft or? bagged92sdime TJ Tech Forum 5 04-20-2009 07:38 AM
Another newb question - possibly lojack users? Grateful Parrot TJ General Discussion Forum 10 01-10-2008 05:03 PM
Carb question and EGR question trulefty YJ Tech Forum 0 12-12-2006 04:55 PM



» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:05 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC