: Uh-oh: When a Jetta tries to eat a Fleetwood…



caddycruiser
06-05-06, 10:17 PM
Interesting day today….

Couldn’t figure out why I kept getting calls, but no messages, from my father once then my mother repeatedly, until I finally got ahold of one of them and was told “Your brother was in a bit of a fender bender coming home from school.”

He, a HS Junior, was on his way home from school (in the white/red ’93 FWB, as usual—which is now “his” car, sort of…) after a half day and it was both warm out and had apparently just rained or was raining lightly. There’s a 4 way intersection about a half a mile from the exit of the school, and right as they let out, there had of course been an accident there (3 or 4 cars, I think). He had just gotten about a quarter mile and was at the back end of the line forming because of the accident ahead, slowed down and had just been sitting there for a few seconds when WHAM—the kid coming up behind him “slipped” and rear ended him.

He still isn’t sure exactly what happened, “except just feeling a big whack out of the blue,” but they both pulled over and, well, the cops were already in the area, so that was at least a good thing. Still haven’t gotten a really firm answer, but I think he just wasn’t paying attention and slammed the brakes a bit too late.

This other kid was in a ’98 VW Jetta, and hit the ’93 FWB mostly from the centerline of the rear bumper across and to the right. Strangely enough, based on what I was told, the Jetta didn’t seem to have much of any damage (was already a little “beat” looking, I guess, and was able to bounce more with the plastic bumpers and such), but the big white Caddy is going to need some light work.

The bumper was pushed in about an inch on that side and knocked out of alignment all over (also seems to have some new light scratches/marks on it), the plastic taillight housing got compressed and really bowed out (paint “shattered” a bit, but don’t think the plastic cracked), and the large chrome panel on that side’s lower fender is a bit of whack and got a tiny new ding in the middle somehow.

They did the info swap, etc., and the other kid’s father came rushing up (met by my parents) and also did the typical “I don’t want to turn it into the insurance—but we’ll pay for whatever your car needs” spiel. Let’s just hope that holds true because, a) for whatever I-N-S-A-N-E reason, there was no police report made up because the *wonderful* cop said “you don’t need one” (dealing with that now…and if there IS a problem, we know where to find him…), and b) on some of the insurance info he did see, my father said he saw something about “EXPIRED” on it…lovely…another great can of worms to open up…

But all in all, no one was hurt, it was low speed, and though it needs properly fixed, the work shouldn’t be too bad or take too long. Also, weirdly enough, we have a body shop within walking distance of where we live—took it over there, the guy made a list, and was going to start trying to locate some parts. Worried he won’t be able, or will have a hard time getting what he needs, but we’ll see…

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caddycruiser
06-05-06, 10:18 PM
Just to alleviate some of the stress on the chrome panel and make it all look a little better, we beat out the bumper impact strut to get it all semi back out to where it should be in the meantime before a full repair:

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Night Wolf
06-05-06, 10:23 PM
Those Jetta's are like mini tanks... they are pretty tough cars.

looks like the Fleetwood is pretty much unharmed tho, thats good :).

caddycruiser
06-05-06, 10:40 PM
Yep, luckily it was pretty light.

Too bad it wasn't the front that got "bumped"...that bumper has scrapes on each side, some chipped trim, and a loose side panel:rolleyes:

The back was unmarked to begin with, and hopefully will be again soon...as long as they can get what they need.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-06-06, 12:37 AM
I can like BARELY see any damage for a rear end collision. If it would have been anything else it would have been much worse I assume.

caddycruiser
06-06-06, 04:47 AM
I can like BARELY see any damage for a rear end collision. If it would have been anything else it would have been much worse I assume.

I know. I was expecting at least a ripple or something in the metal quarter on that side (still might be, but it was darker last night when I was looking at it), but the flexible plastic taillight shrowd/filler panel seems to have done the most absorbing...and the big heavy bumper just kinda got whacked in and knocked out of alignment.

Still more than I thought a plastic fascia-faced little car could do at low speed...

scurling
06-09-06, 12:35 AM
The same happend to me ....twice. Well, one time while my wife was driving. Not a lot of damage, but enough to get a new bumper, end caps, new trim and a little paint. Glad your damage wasn't any worse. I think your'e looking at about a $1,400. repair bill, assuming the bumper is sprung. I would demand a new bumper if there is any amount of bend or twist. Believe me, a new chrome bumper looks sweet.

Keep us informed on what the estimate is, and if all the parts are available. Like a dummy, I hit my own Fltwd backing out of the driveway the other day. Caught it on the side trim just behind the left-rear marker light, half way to the end of the quarter panel trim. Now, the parts bill for the chrome qtr. panel is $461.00 @GM dealer, $277.00 from GMPartsDirect. I was lucky, there was NO other damage. That price includes side mounting clips, of which only one was broken. I'll install it myself.

Good luck on the repairs and getting it settled.

caddydaddy
06-09-06, 11:08 AM
I was expecting at least a ripple or something in the metal quarter on that side ,but the flexible plastic taillight shrowd/filler panel seems to have done the most absorbing...and the big heavy bumper just kinda got whacked in and knocked out of alignment.


And that's the whole purpose of the bumper filler! To save you a whole rippled fender :thumbsup:

Nice Fleetwood, BTW! :thumbsup:

scurling
06-09-06, 12:47 PM
I know what you mean about the Police not wanting to fine an accident report. I was rear ended by a semi-drunk guy (under the limit with a breath test, but the cops made him call a friend to drive him home). They said the damage to my car was less than $1,000. so they wouldn't do an accident report. Well the two ins. estimate I got were $1,200. and $1,400. I had no problems with the guys ins. company. I just kept emphasizing the police wouldn't let him drive his car home. I'm sure they didn't want this problem to end up in court.

Good luck dude. Keep us informed.

scurling
06-09-06, 12:48 PM
A good bit of advice is to always get the policeman's name, badge and station, so you can find him later if he is needed.

caddycruiser
06-09-06, 09:09 PM
I know what you mean about the Police not wanting to fine an accident report. I was rear ended by a semi-drunk guy (under the limit with a breath test, but the cops made him call a friend to drive him home). They said the damage to my car was less than $1,000. so they wouldn't do an accident report. Well the two ins. estimate I got were $1,200. and $1,400. I had no problems with the guys ins. company. I just kept emphasizing the police wouldn't let him drive his car home. I'm sure they didn't want this problem to end up in court.

A good bit of advice is to always get the policeman's name, badge and station, so you can find him later if he is needed.

Good luck dude. Keep us informed.

I KNOW. This happened just outside of the school, so it was the on-duty school policeman who came to the scene. He was also the one who 1) didn't think the damage was that bad, and 2) apparently knew the parent's of the kid who hit my brother and "there won't be any problem with them"--hence, no police report.

BUT, that will be changing soon. Seeing the FW's relatively minor damage (and, I guess, comparing that to their VW which was already beat to living hell...apparently a sign of his driving...), they still wanted to handle it "on the side" and without insurance. Well, just to give them an update, my father called the mother today and told her so far that he had been told, parts-wise, the bumper would be $500 and the side trim panel $300 (no labor, just parts). Seeing how expensive this is, compared to I guess what they expected, they in turn now did report it to their insurance.

So NOW, we yet again have started the process (just like 5 years ago with our other rear-ended by a moron accident) of fighting to the death with State Farm. Not a clue where they were getting some of their information, but they already called today and are playing games--i.e., suggesting "pre-existing damage" and also getting into the fault of the accident--without, apparently, having the complete story.

That was what my father spent the latter half of today doing--fighting with State Farm people on the phone who were already trying, several times, to put words in his mouth and suggest things (like the "pre-existing damage" garbage) to try and get out of it. They were a royal NIGHTMARE to deal with in our last, and a lot more severe, accident at the helm of one of their insurees, and this looks like it's going to be another drawn out mess...:mad:

It shall be a horror...all for just 2 parts and a little paint for the plastic...