Toyota Prius Forum banner

1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hi,

Thought I'd use my first post to tell my Prius story. I got my car at the end of '03, just in time for the max. tax incentive. I knew I probably couldn't keep it in mint condition for long, but wanted to try at least. In July of '04, I was leaving for a one week vacation. My roomie drove me to the airport shuttle at around 6am. Then at around 7am, with said roomie back at home lounging on the couch, she hears a loud bang outside. A 21-year old girl in a Ford Excursion had slammed into the side of my precious hybrid. I didn't hear about it until called my roomie from a layover in Chicago. Lucky my roomie was around - she got names, numbers, the whole bit. I had a disdain for SUVs before, but this only fueled the fire. Anyway, 3 or 4 months and $13,000 later, I had my car back. Everything including rental cars (3 rentals total) was paid for, thankfully. It was pain driving those rentals. What's worse, is that Enterprise had a rental Prius, but it didn't qualify as an 'equivalent' car for me to rent (???) Whatever. Glad it's all behind me. The car seems good as new, though I think the body shop got some grease on the seats. I was told the girl was on her way to doing community service somewhere, for another offense. Why couldn't she have hit my '88 Ford Escort back in '03?
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
919 Posts
Why 3 or 4 months to repair? That seems an awfully long time for a shop to repair any car. I'm glad all is well now.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,161 Posts
$13K for that? Repair costs seem so arbitrary.
One lady had her car practically completely rebuilt bodywise when she hit a moose. Only cost twice that. All upholstry had to be replaced on account of the blood and guts, as well as the body damage. Not sure if the airbags deployed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
224 Posts
I agree that 13K and 3-4 months seems an awful lot of time and money for damage of that nature. I'm curious what was damaged that isn't visible in the photo. When I had the front end damaged to my Classic Prius, it only cost $2600 to fix, including a $200 new headlight plus a wheel alignnment, and they got it done in three days.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
The initial estimate was a lot lower, something like 5 or 6k. Then as the repairs proceeded, the cost grew and grew. I had to wait for parts from Japan, I guess since Prius parts weren't in ready supply at the time. The car also had to go back and forth between the dealer and the body shop, since the body shop wasn't qualified to handle the battery area. There was also a bit more scrapes at the front of the car, driver's side. The rear wheel in the photo was buckled in a bit, essentially making it undrivable. If they knew it would be $13k at the outset, there may have been talk about totalling it. Not sure what constitutes a totalling (over half the value, or something?)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
669 Posts
I'm tempted to ask what body shop you used so I can avoid it... at least your picture made my shopping cart dent look small!

Last time I was in danger of having a vehicle totaled out, they were only going to total it if the cost to repair exceeded the current value since they would pay the current value on a total.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,661 Posts
DanMan32 said:
$13K for that? Repair costs seem so arbitrary.
One lady had her car practically completely rebuilt bodywise when she hit a moose. Only cost twice that. All upholstry had to be replaced on account of the blood and guts, as well as the body damage. Not sure if the airbags deployed.
Yah, but that didn't include the cost to repair the moose...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
669 Posts
Sanny said:
DanMan32 said:
$13K for that? Repair costs seem so arbitrary.
One lady had her car practically completely rebuilt bodywise when she hit a moose. Only cost twice that. All upholstry had to be replaced on account of the blood and guts, as well as the body damage. Not sure if the airbags deployed.
Yah, but that didn't include the cost to repair the moose...
May I suggest.... Moose mousse?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Astrowoman said:
I'm tempted to ask what body shop you used so I can avoid it... at least your picture made my shopping cart dent look small!
Autobody Works on Sherman Way in Winnetka was the place. I only went there because the dealer (Northridge Toyota) works directly with them. I'm not so sure any other place would have done better. I didn't have the means to shop around since I was taking care of all of this from the mid-west, over the phone, still on 'vacation'. ug....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,214 Posts
Death to all SUVs.

Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh. How about:

Extremely high insurance costs to all SUV drivers. And an "idiot premium" tacked on for those who qualify for that "special rate."

Hmmm, somehow that doesn't have quite the same ring.

Happy to hear you weren't in the car. :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,233 Posts
nah...

we're fair. SUV owners pay a slight premium first cause they use more fuel and are larger vehicles. Then we triple their rates if they're found at-fault in an accident :p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,560 Posts
Sanny said:
DanMan32 said:
$13K for that? Repair costs seem so arbitrary.
One lady had her car practically completely rebuilt bodywise when she hit a moose. Only cost twice that. All upholstry had to be replaced on account of the blood and guts, as well as the body damage. Not sure if the airbags deployed.
Yah, but that didn't include the cost to repair the moose...
Doncha see, they used the moose pelt to replace the upholstery. That's recycling.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,214 Posts
melgish said:
Sanny said:
DanMan32 said:
$13K for that? Repair costs seem so arbitrary.
One lady had her car practically completely rebuilt bodywise when she hit a moose. Only cost twice that. All upholstry had to be replaced on account of the blood and guts, as well as the body damage. Not sure if the airbags deployed.
Yah, but that didn't include the cost to repair the moose...
Doncha see, they used the moose pelt to replace the upholstery. That's recycling.
Nice! Can I use any leftover pelt to wrap my coffee mug with?


Mel, how do you get your GreenHybrid mileage to show up in your signature? I tried, but had problems making it work...
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top