: Accident

02-19-08, 08:41 PM
had an accident last night with my catera on the highway. i was entering the highway and started to accelerate up to highway speed from the on ramp when i hit something. im unsure of what it was. maybe a bump or pothole or something else completely. it shot the rear of the car out from under me and i slammed into the guard rail on the right hand side of the road.

i had the car towed today to a repair shop. have to see if my insurance will total it or pay for the repairs.

02-19-08, 09:02 PM
holly crap... well glad you're ok....

I'm pretty sure that'llbe a writeoff

02-19-08, 09:08 PM
I'm pretty sure that'llbe a writeoff
yeah that's what i'm afraid of. they'll give me next to nothing for it.

Cadi Cat
02-19-08, 09:10 PM
yeah, they are better off writing a check. That would be a fortune to repair. Some lady had cliped my front end in a parking lot awhile back, I only ended up needing one headlight front bumper cover and impact bar. Total cost was just over $2200! That sucks man. I would be devastated. I love my cat.

02-19-08, 09:14 PM
I would be devastated. I love my cat.
yeah same here, i'll be in the market to get another one if i can

02-19-08, 10:20 PM
Doesn't look too bad, your airbags still good, right.

Settle with the insurance, score a parts car (or a front clip) at an auction or on the interweb and fix it.
You should come out way ahead.

02-19-08, 11:01 PM
aww man im sorry about that i hope they fix it that is one of my fears get in wreck and they total my beautiful car and give me crap for it glad your ok tho there are a few Cateras on the market if worse comes to worse your car is almost exactly like mine those pics make me sick and to think i was pissed at that some idiot dented my hood and i have to pay 100 deductable for vandalism but they are repaint my hood and the rock chips will be all gone

02-20-08, 08:36 PM
wow that really sucks. what a nice cat you have todd. did the airbag deploy? were the roads icey? best of luck, whatever happens. there have been some nice sport models on ebay lately. also check out craigslist and autotrader.com
sorry for your loss, robert:(

02-20-08, 08:49 PM
nope, no air bags. and no icy roads here in california. i've been looking around on ebay. if i can't end up getting another catera, im also looking at the other '90's cadillacs and maybe the lincoln mark VIII

02-21-08, 06:11 PM
If you are going to fix it, I have a line on most of the parts you are going to need.

02-21-08, 06:14 PM
my buddy has a Mark VIII. That thing has just as many problems as the Catera...at least his does.
Todd, idk where your located at, but my Cat is still for sale.
PM me if your intersted.
Theres nothing that id love more than selling it to a person who is already knowledged about it and i know will take care of it.

02-21-08, 06:15 PM
If you are going to fix it, I have a line on most of the parts you are going to need.

im not going to fix it myself. if my insurance wont pay to fix it, im just going to get a new car

02-22-08, 06:07 PM
talked to my insurance adjuster today. he said the car is on the edge of being fixable or not. he told me he would get back to me on monday. im keeping my fingers crossed

02-22-08, 11:33 PM
im not going to fix it myself. if my insurance wont pay to fix it, im just going to get a new car

Please stick around if the inevitable happens. Your knowledge is greatly valued in this forum.

02-23-08, 11:01 AM
Damn, that sucks. Glad to hear your okay.


02-26-08, 09:23 AM
When I was hit last year (1997 Catera 150000 miles) they totalled it for minor rear damage. They wanted to pay out 1800. I badgered them into 3000. Told them I did a 'failure analysis' and pretty much replaced any item on my car that might possibly fail and expected a payout for a low mileage car.

A scissor jack and some wood bracing, removed all the plastic and bent the metal back into shape, and for 3K I'll drive it. Can't even tell it was hit.

Doesn't take much damage to total them the book value is low and the parts pricing is high.

03-16-08, 01:46 AM
well the car was totaled. i got $4800 from my insurance settlement.
i went and bought a white 1997 lincoln mark viii lsc with 63000 miles today.

03-16-08, 08:32 AM
atleast you got that much man i sold mine for 4500

03-16-08, 09:30 AM
Fix it man, or go used CTS. I saw used CTS here 2004 with 6k on it for 22,000. Well thats alot but you could get another Catera. Glad you are ok...I like the black caddy. oops notice the lincoln purchase. Well if you like lincoln. Iw ould imagine a totally different drive in a lincoln.

03-17-08, 02:16 AM
the lincoln is really nice. very compareable features to the catera. less sporty around turns but the ride is very smooth. plenty of power available too.

03-17-08, 11:11 AM
nice ride....... how much did that cost ya?

I've always liked that lincoln, and it's like the cat, pretty rare.

03-17-08, 06:13 PM
$6500 before tax and registration and what-not. its got 63,000 miles on it