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Old 02-04-2020, 07:58 PM
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Got rear-ended....

So I got rear-ended last week. Going in for repairs tomorrow morning. Visibly only minor damage, cracked the plastic on the bumper, scraped paint off of the tow hooks, bent the exhaust pipe. I plan on holding out for Mopar replacement parts, my experience with OEMs on other cars has not been overly pleasing after a couple of years. I do not thing the frame is damaged (got hit by a 2001 Nissan Sentra, you should see the other guy!). Anything that I should look out for or have the collision shop check?

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So I got rear-ended last week. Going in for repairs tomorrow morning. Visibly only minor damage, cracked the plastic on the bumper, scraped paint off of the tow hooks, bent the exhaust pipe. I plan on holding out for Mopar replacement parts, my experience with OEMs on other cars has not been overly pleasing after a couple of years. I do not thing the frame is damaged (got hit by a 2001 Nissan Sentra, you should see the other guy!). Anything that I should look out for or have the collision shop check?
have them inspect every thing possible, including wheels, alignment, ect (I have unfortunately been hit a few times over my life and I am sure it is going to happen again at some point....), if you have any plans to do any upgrades now may be a good time to do them, glad your ok, any pictures of the after math?

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Space cushion while driving

I am knocking wood as I write this thread. For those of you who have been rear-ended multiple times, I think you are allowing tail-gators (or other unsafe drivers) to remain behind you until the obvious occurs. A vehicle behind me closer than MY SAFE LIMIT (2 + seconds) and my jeep slows way down until they get mad and pass, usually very angrily. That puts a VERY LARGE SMILE on my face. If it takes me slowing to almost a stop, I have no problem with that IF I am traveling in the slow lane. I (knock wood) have never been rear ended yet. But the guy in front of me has by the idiot that just ripped around me and started tailgating them. In my opinion, driving takes 100% attention to every vehicle around you that is close enough they MIGHT cause you a problem, farther away from yours. That includes anybody that is happy matching your speed and sitting in your blind spots, or that likes to come within 6 inches from your spare tire at stop signs/lights. They get forced to go around and go bother someone else also. On freeways with light traffic, when an overtaking vehicle is going to pass me (again, I am ALMOST always in the slow lane) at 1/2 MPH faster than I am going, I hit the brakes and slow about 10 mph and make them get past me and away from my heep much faster. I have a space cushion (of course, in lite traffic) of 10 vehicle lengths from my vehicle (front and rear) before I go back into a more relaxed driving mode. Stay in that space cushion and I either speed up or slow down to get your vehicle away from mine much faster. And BIG RIGS, 100 yards behind them is the broken windshield zone. When I have to pass them, it's usually at 90 or 100 mph until I get through that rock zone. If they are passing me, I slow WAY DOWN until they are 100 yards ahead of me. KNOCK WOOD AGAIN!!!!
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If its just the bumper, hook and exchaust you can get those on craigslist.
I doubt Sentra can do any damage to the jeep.
Got rearended few weeks after I bought the jeep by a newer Toyota Tundra (aka Prius ppl) unnoticeable dent on my tailgate, TT wasnt so lucky, grille cracked, headlight broken, hood tweaked, I was staionary at red light... 5-7mph impact.
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Did the other dude hit the spare tire at all? If so, the energy of the impact would have been transferred into the tailgate, and the tailgate can quite easily have internal damage (snapped spot welds, etc) that would not be all that obvious.

Did the other dude hit anything that is solidly attached to the frame, like a tow hitch or the tow hook(s)? If so, the energy of the impact could have been transferred into the frame, and "come out" anywhere, including up in the front end.
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Alignment of front end
Tailgate integrity
on top of everything else above
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Good thoughts, everyone! We were on the freeway, quick braking, and the Sentra effectively hit the bumper and went under. Tow hooks scrapped, tow hitch scrapped, bumper cracked...didn't hit the tire though. Thank you for the feedback, I'll stay on top of the repair shop. Ugh.....
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Good thoughts, everyone! We were on the freeway, quick braking, and the Sentra effectively hit the bumper and went under. Tow hooks scrapped, tow hitch scrapped, bumper cracked...didn't hit the tire though. Thank you for the feedback, I'll stay on top of the repair shop. Ugh.....
Probably no frame damage if they went under. Best case scenario.

I had a small car rear end my brand new Grand Cherokee back in 2001, as I was stopping at a red light. My tow hitch ripped through his hood and destroyed the engine. Only damage to my Jeep was a cracked bumper.
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Make sure the tranny doesn’t have any damage if you were in gear.


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What to look for in a good shop... ICAR Gold Certified, Certified by Manufacturers, Area consumer ratings Awards Best Body shop (year). Not knowing your state consumer protection laws..(in PA - Its your car you can have it repaired where you want; insurance company cannot direct or steer, only 1 estimate is needed. Know/Learn your states laws.) Make the other party's insurer pay the repairs - not yours as you will have the deductible.
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check the spare tire and wheel carrier to make sure it isn't bent or cracked...which is what exactly happened to mine after being rear ended by a Kia Optima
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I got rear ended on a snowy day last year. A Kia I believe. Not hard enough for air bags.

Guy hit my spare. Demolished his front end... not a scratch to the jeep. Couldn't even tell where he hit the tire!

No tweak to the door. Still straight, no closing issues, still straight. No damage to the spare mount.
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Same here, spare tire mount not damaged, tailgate open/close as before.
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I got pretty lucky. The rear bumper had to be replaced and the weather stripping in the tailgate. Everything else just gets buffed out, re-bent, or painted. Less than $1500. There goes the re-sale value! Like I was going to sell it, ha!
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When I had my TJ, I put a 6" metal spike in the hitch. It was a piece of metal a friend ground down into a menacing spike, and it was nice because people wouldn't bump into my jeep while parallel parking, but ultimately I removed it because I kept catching my leg on it and tearing up too many pairs of pants (and skin!) I always wondered what would happen if a little car were to get impaled on it.
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Got rear-ended....

Better off without that, sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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Probably get you charged with having a dangerous piece of equipment installed. I use to keep a Smitybilt Beaver Step in the hitch receiver. It was something that I remembed from the late '90s. I had a Dodge 2500 Pickup in which I kept an equalizing hitch head mounted. I got rear ended one day, it was a chain reaction and I knew it was coming.

An RV did not get into the left turn lane in the center of the street shortly after a traffic light. They stopped quickly with their rear end in a lane of traffic. The vehicle in front of me stopped and I was able to stop in time, but the car behind me didn't have as good reaction time.

I felt the hit. The car broke three of four headlights, the grille, bent the front bumper and the front edge of the hood. On the truck - it broke the 7 pin trailer connector and bent the mount attached to the frame hitch for it. It cost me $12.50 for the new plug in 7 pin socket and I took the truck to a local body shop that I did business with. They straightened the bracket and painted it black again. When I picked it up and I asked how much it was, he refused to charge me. It took the body shop worker a few minutes to straighten out the bracket and they used rattle can black. When I got home I installed the 7 pin socket.

I never pursued it against the other guy for he had bigger problems.
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All that will do, is transfer a lot of the impact force, directly into your frame. All sorts of bad things can and do happen with that.
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On the JK/JL I would agree with that since the receiver is just bolted onto the rear cross member and it could distort that.

On my TJ, it's a bolt on frame hitch that is bolted to the two side frame rails. That would transfer the load on the length of the frame not the cross member. It if affected the cross piece of the frame hitch, that could simply be replaced with a new one for a nominal fee.

OP - I would take the time to remove the spare and un bolt the spare tire mount and give the TG a good visual check. Several years ago, I was stopped at a stop light when I felt a bump from a car behind me (Cadillac). I got out and gave both vehicles a quick visual check but no apparent damage.

Fast forward for the summer of 2018 when I had the Jeep painted. When taking the spare and mount off before delivering it to the shop, I noted a slight horizontal crease at the bottom edge of where the spare tire mount had been. Was it from that incident or had it occurred when the PO owned it? Don't know. It was very minor and taken care of by the restoration shop that did the work with no extra charges.

If you find nothing, you have the peace of mind that you checked. If you find something, you are still in the window of where you can have it taken care of.
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I've been rear ended twice...both time the tire carrier, bumber cover, and hatch were damaged and replaced...both times the spare had to be inspected by a special repair shop....can't replace the wheel due to discontinued....repainted, new everything.....no chinese junk parts....all in all an easy fix by a really good repair shop....both about 3k in damages.....hassle yes..but all is ok now
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All that will do, is transfer a lot of the impact force, directly into your frame. All sorts of bad things can and do happen with that.
The hook on the left (right) will do the same thing, even worst it pulls the frame down becouse of its shape.
The tub itself isnt "structural" and can be tweaked easely, i suspect those having hard top leaks are after very minor "no damage" collisions.
I. think a hitch "extender" that will make contact with the rear vehicle in the same time with the spare might aleviate a small impact.
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Sparebumper

I've been rear ended twice. Once bad enough to be a pain in the ass (and my back).

After the second I bought a Sparebumper. Goes in the hitch receiver and has buffers to help absorb low-speed impacts. I haven't tested it yet, but I am a very defensive driver and hope not to. But people can't drive and tailgate all the time, so I expect to at some point. Last one was a 40something that lived with his mom and was driving with a revoked license.

https://sparebumper.com/superbumper-...step-products/

I use an extender, so it sticks out past my tire.
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I am knocking wood as I write this thread. For those of you who have been rear-ended multiple times, I think you are allowing tail-gators (or other unsafe drivers) to remain behind you until the obvious occurs. A vehicle behind me closer than MY SAFE LIMIT (2 + seconds) and my jeep slows way down until they get mad and pass, usually very angrily. That puts a VERY LARGE SMILE on my face. If it takes me slowing to almost a stop, I have no problem with that IF I am traveling in the slow lane. I (knock wood) have never been rear ended yet. But the guy in front of me has by the idiot that just ripped around me and started tailgating them. In my opinion, driving takes 100% attention to every vehicle around you that is close enough they MIGHT cause you a problem, farther away from yours. That includes anybody that is happy matching your speed and sitting in your blind spots, or that likes to come within 6 inches from your spare tire at stop signs/lights. They get forced to go around and go bother someone else also. On freeways with light traffic, when an overtaking vehicle is going to pass me (again, I am ALMOST always in the slow lane) at 1/2 MPH faster than I am going, I hit the brakes and slow about 10 mph and make them get past me and away from my heep much faster. I have a space cushion (of course, in lite traffic) of 10 vehicle lengths from my vehicle (front and rear) before I go back into a more relaxed driving mode. Stay in that space cushion and I either speed up or slow down to get your vehicle away from mine much faster. And BIG RIGS, 100 yards behind them is the broken windshield zone. When I have to pass them, it's usually at 90 or 100 mph until I get through that rock zone. If they are passing me, I slow WAY DOWN until they are 100 yards ahead of me. KNOCK WOOD AGAIN!!!!
If anyone is within 10 car lengths of your vehicle you drive erratically because you are tense and nervous and you can’t relax.
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If anyone is within 10 car lengths of your vehicle you drive erratically because you are tense and nervous and you can’t relax.
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Yep, You got it. It's called a SPACE CUSHION!!!!
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There goes the re-sale value! Like I was going to sell it, ha!
Having an accident on Carfax does affect your resale value. The term is diminished value and you can get a settlement from the insurance for it but only if you ask for it. When I was rear ended with 1,800 miles on my Jeep I got about $1,500.
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Depending on the state, I think in CA diminished balue can be claimed "If the accident resulted in frame, strucutral or significant damage".
Most of insurance companies do not report directly to Carfax,
they get their information from body shops "estimate software".
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