: This morning didn't start out too well......



Houdini
08-19-11, 11:47 AM
On the way home from the dealership after getting the airbag seat sensor safety recall done, a car in front of me hit a big piece of metal in the road and flung it right up in to my front end at interstate speeds. It hit so hard I felt a good jolt but hoped it was just a little scratch. 10 minutes later when I got home I saw this:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3770869/IMAG0104small.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3770869/IMAG0105small.JPG

I guess I'll turn this in on a comp claim and pay the $200 deductible. The headlight alone will be 1k at least and the bumper replace or repair with labor and paint will be close to 2k I bet. SIGH! :(

darkman
08-19-11, 12:07 PM
Sorry to hear it, but there is not much you can do to avoid that kind of thing.

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 12:58 PM
Do you have a clearbra? If not, a clearbra may have actually minimized damage enough to make it fixable...

cvettr/cts-v
08-19-11, 01:11 PM
Sorry to hear of this but +1 on getting clear bra when re-done. Plus if your a front plate hater do'nt have them drill the ne bumper. Good luck. I don't know if you know of a good body shop or which insurance carrier you have but I know of a great one in Warrenton Mo. It is not convienient to you, but he is approved State Farm so they don't even have to send estimator out they just do what he says and he does great work and will care for your car as he would his own.

cvettr/cts-v
08-19-11, 01:16 PM
Also I'm sure you've already done it but if not very closely inspect the side and back making sure it did not contact your car as it went by after hitting the front.

Houdini
08-19-11, 01:50 PM
Yeah I just washed the car to check for damage elsewhere and I don't think I see anything else. The sad thing is I went through this last year after an incident with a neighbors dog that ran out in front of me. Just to fix the cracked bumper and repaint was not cheap and the douche neighbor stiffed me. The body shop that did the work did an awesome job so it will be going back to them for sure. I have Erie insurance and I've heard they are good on claims so we'll see how it works out. They already told me I can take it wherever.

After the first incident was repaired, I swore to myself I'd get the clear bra after the 90 day paint curing period. Needless to say, I never got one. :(

I'm hoping to trader her in on an 09 or 10 V2 by the end of the year or early next year so I'll probably hold off on the clear bra.

Does anyone think they'll just fill in the whole and repair this bumper or will they need to replace the entire thing? I'm kinda hoping for a replacement because of the previous incident.

cvettr/cts-v
08-19-11, 02:47 PM
I remember that now, glad you have someone who will do excellent work. I too would push for replacement. Good luck.

JDB
08-19-11, 03:29 PM
The price of the clear bra is about the price of a respray. Not worth it, imo.

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 06:06 PM
The price of the clear bra is about the price of a respray. Not worth it, imo.I hear this over and over and it makes no sense. Most clear bras are warrantied for life. A fresh paint job looks great until when? The first chip. Yeah, if you like munged up front ends, respray every whenever. After 5+ years, my V's front end looked spotless.

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 06:10 PM
And back to the point of a clear bra. It can help prevent damage in instances like this. Proof? Here is my poor '04 after a deer avoidance maneuver that had me riding a cable median barrier...






















http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2241/2287429/22420019/372152583.jpg

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 06:11 PM
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2241/2287429/22420019/372152505.jpg

CadzillaTN
08-19-11, 10:03 PM
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/deer.jpg


Op, thats a bummer..

Worst I've had so far was a flatbed that threw a nice rock which took a chunk out of the hood, then hit dead center of my field of vision. I couldn't dodge it due to traffic even though I saw it all in slow motion.

I remember the guy that caught a piece of a semi tire in his grill. His V was grey also..

mberisha
08-20-11, 05:14 AM
Big Jim.....my fiance happend to walk by when I scrolled down on your accident pics and just cringed.....wow....

wcryan
08-20-11, 05:30 AM
poor car...... Looks like the clear bra didnt hold up enough. But I get what ur getting at.

Now im waiting for the saracstic remark. : X

thebigjimsho
08-20-11, 12:26 PM
Yeah, but looking at the first pic, see how much gouging is on the hood but not nearly as much where the clear bra is? If you hit a piece of metal straight on, it can still puncture. But if it hits at an angle it may glance off or keep a puncture minor enough to where it only needs touch-up. Either way, it will help. And as long as you have documentation of install, insurance will replace that, too...

thebigjimsho
08-20-11, 12:33 PM
Big Jim.....my fiance happend to walk by when I scrolled down on your accident pics and just cringed.....wow....Just a few short hours earlier, I witnessed an accident that had a Honda Accord shoved across a highway median and T-Boned by a Malibu. The Accord split into 3 pieces with the driver still in her seat and lying flat...in the grass. The rear end severed and flew over oncoming traffic and into a ditch. The roof was flung in another direction. She and the 2 occupants of the Malibu were med-flighted out. I wouldn't be surprised if the woman died. The description of the accident doesn't do the pictures justice.

So after I got out of the car and looked at it and knew I was without a scratch, I shrugged my shoulders, was thankful I was OK and called 911. It's sad, but it is what it is...

Houdini
08-22-11, 06:28 PM
Well insurance approved everything and I bring it in for repairs the day after labor day. Headlight is 995 dollars, brand new front fascia is 721, and with paint/flex/labor the total is $2430ish. I told them to keep the stupid front license plate off the new bumper.... no holes baby! Can't wait to get her fixed.

JFensty
08-22-11, 07:03 PM
You should see if you supplied the headlight would they give you the difference. From Lindsey I believe its 780. That's how I got my clear fogs :)

thebigjimsho
08-22-11, 11:20 PM
Well insurance approved everything and I bring it in for repairs the day after labor day. Headlight is 995 dollars, brand new front fascia is 721, and with paint/flex/labor the total is $2430ish. I told them to keep the stupid front license plate off the new bumper.... no holes baby! Can't wait to get her fixed.There is the silver lining...

InfrareV
08-23-11, 12:56 AM
Sorry about the car, but I was actually curious about the recall. Did you get your letter? I've got an '06 with the airbag warning on that Cadillac is still claiming is ineligible. I've heard of '05 V's getting fixed and now your '07, but my '06 with the same issue is being left out in the cold?

Houdini
08-23-11, 07:28 AM
Yes I got the letter over a week ago. It could be that the recall is VIN specific but if you have the problem then you should be covered under it. Is Cadillac just telling you that you are not eligible yet or are they saying your can does not have a recall at all?

mstrjon32
08-23-11, 10:21 AM
First: I got the recall letter for my '06 a few months ago, but I'm too lazy to deal with it here in Germany.

Second: Any idea what the part number for your front fascia was? Mine needs to be repainted, and it has obviously been repaired before, and has three ugly holes in it for the stupid plate, so I'd like to just get a whole new one. No idea how hard that's going to be over here, half a world away...

cvettr/cts-v
08-24-11, 05:54 PM
Sorry about the car, but I was actually curious about the recall. Did you get your letter? I've got an '06 with the airbag warning on that Cadillac is still claiming is ineligible. I've heard of '05 V's getting fixed and now your '07, but my '06 with the same issue is being left out in the cold?

I got a letter from gm months ago then another letter when the parts were available took it in recall work performed but I never had a failure just went ahead and had recall done cause i got the letter. It would seem your would fit in there too, but cadillac customer service can run your vin and tell you or any Cadillac or GM dealer can too for that matter. I would ask another dealer or for a better reason for yours to not be effected.

Mystical_Ice
08-25-11, 02:09 AM
I hear this over and over and it makes no sense. Most clear bras are warrantied for life. A fresh paint job looks great until when? The first chip. Yeah, if you like munged up front ends, respray every whenever. After 5+ years, my V's front end looked spotless.
A clearbra will protect you against the occasional pieces of sand, not a rock.

Source: Been there done that. Twice.

mberisha
08-25-11, 02:59 AM
First: I got the recall letter for my '06 a few months ago, but I'm too lazy to deal with it here in Germany.

Second: Any idea what the part number for your front fascia was? Mine needs to be repainted, and it has obviously been repaired before, and has three ugly holes in it for the stupid plate, so I'd like to just get a whole new one. No idea how hard that's going to be over here, half a world away...

Yup....got it too...and yup...too lazy to deal w/it in Germany....

thebigjimsho
08-25-11, 09:47 AM
A clearbra will protect you against the occasional pieces of sand, not a rock.

Source: Been there done that. Twice.Don't get the cheap stuff. I had multiple rocks hit my '04's front end. Got away unscathed. Venture Tape's VentureShield, BTW. If inch thick twisted steel cables have a hard time penetrating, small rocks are a piece of caek.