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You know, stupid people shouldn't be allowed to leave their houses nevermind drive a car. Last night after leaving work I was coming to a stop sign. There was already a big delivery truck their so I stopped behind him. What happens next is amazing. He puts his car in reverse and hits the gas. Before I can do anything the truck slams into the front of my 1998 Eldorado. The guy gets out looks at the damage and says, "Well, I don't think my deductible is going to go down." After calling the cops and dealing with the he said she said hassle ( he tried to say he put his car in park and I ran into him ) he gets a ticket and a report is filed. I got the car home but the damage is pretty significant for the speed he was going. It hit the front bumper, grille, passenger headlight and smaething got pushed back into the air conditioning condenser which punctured it. The hood also might have been bent. After the accident it also did something else weird, I went to start it and it just clicked and both the trunk and gas flap opened up. I was able to jump it and got it home. Im taking it to the repair shop later today, I will get the estimates and pictures up here as soon as I have them. What do you guys think of the damage as far as cost or the electrical problem I have??? Thanks, jeremy
 

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Sounds labor intensive $$$.
I'm completely shocked by the cost of repairs these days. If they don't total it and you get it fixed, let us know how it comes out.
Be very carefull when you accept the finished product. Check out everything and don't be afraid to say you're not satisfied if it isn't up to spec!
 

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The same thing happened to me in my Mark VIII at Christmas time last year. A guy was trying to get the parking space that I just left and he backed right over me. Luckily for me a cop was driving by right as it happened.
 

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Well, got an estimate for the damage finally. It comes to slighty over 1900 dollars for everything. I know these parts are expensive but wow, I didn't think that much. The headlights are 250 dollars, the grille is 230, and the bumper cover is 280. A/C condenser is 180 and other misc. parts equaly about 300 more. Labor wasn't as bad as I thought as only 48 dollars an hour. Of course the insurance company is giving me crap about paying the money out, they can't believe a fender bender is going to cost them about 2,000 dollars. Ill update as things happen, hopefully pictures will be here soon and ill have my car back soon too.
 

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Stick by your guns with the insurance company - you want your eldo to be the way it was before dunder-kaupf decided to back over your front end - no ifs ands or buts - for the sheet metal make sure they use GM - the "aftermarket" sheetmetal is generally not as thick as OEM and will require more body shop work to make it look "right" (discovered this when the wifes '90 Buick got whomped ten or so years ago, much to my dismay) -

As for the insurance company bitching about the money - hell - that's what they're in business for - that's why it's called "insurance" - right?

Best of luck with it all -

Steve
 

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Well, got an estimate for the damage finally. It comes to slighty over 1900 dollars for everything. I know these parts are expensive but wow, I didn't think that much. The headlights are 250 dollars, the grille is 230, and the bumper cover is 280. A/C condenser is 180 and other misc. parts equaly about 300 more. Labor wasn't as bad as I thought as only 48 dollars an hour. Of course the insurance company is giving me crap about paying the money out, they can't believe a fender bender is going to cost them about 2,000 dollars. Ill update as things happen, hopefully pictures will be here soon and ill have my car back soon too.

Carriers always bitch when they have to pay out on claims. Ironic (or maybe not) thing about it is, they're the biggest cash cows in the U.S. Corporate world, other than pharmaceutical companies. Insurance has become one of the largest, and quite possibly sickest, jokes out there today. But I'm not cynical!

Sorry to hear about the ride, good luck with the repairs!

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