Another accident thread :(

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by Diotima, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Diotima

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    folks,

    Sorry for another accident thread. I was pulling into a left turn lane at a stoplight today when the car behind me failed to stop and knocked me into the car ahead of me. Aside from a stiff chest and shoulder, I'm fine but they took my poor baby car away on a flatbed! :( I'm deathly afraid she's been totalled. :rip:

    I was sandwiched, so there's damage to both the front and the rear. Both bumpers are toast, my hood was bent up, several head/taillights gone, etc. What really worries me though is this. After the impact, I tried to roll a few feet to the curb. The car had power but aside from the slowest of rolls, there was zero response to the accellerator. There was also this really odd, low grinding sound. At first I thought a tire was rubbing on something, but all 4 looked like they should roll clear on my walk around. There was also a strange hissing sound under the hood, even with the car powered off. Sounded like a gas, not a liquid. I didn't notice any fluid leaks. None of the windows broke and the airbag did not deploy.

    The lady in front of me was transported with neck/chest pains, so I hope she's ok.

    Any theories? Is a Prius easy to total? My baby's an '05 top of the line model with 49k miles and HOV stickers. I want her back!! She even had a CA whale-tail vanity plate that says SAVN RTH. :(

    Please send prayers, good wishes, and general good karma (carma?) for both my poor Prius and the driver in front of me.

    Thanks in advance,

    Diotima

    P.S. apologies for a possible duplicate posting. I thought I posted already but I can't find it and my profile says 0 posts?
     
  2. lucky1

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    I personally have seen the same Prius taxi in two pretty messy looking crashes and it was put back together both times and looked and ran real good. The shop he took it to is known to be one of the best around (not the cheapest). He was the first person I called when I had my accident on Tuesday. The biggest problem was the sickening length of time it took Toyota to get the parts to the shop.
     
  3. Diotima

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    I'm having the car towed to my dealer. They haven't seen it yet but based on my description of where the damage is and the no-power roll, the head Prius guy says that my - I'm going to murder the name - ATV battery may have been damaged? This is the big hybrid battery, right?

    I read most of the collision threads here, and with major damage to both bumpers and the hood, I'm looking at 9 grand. Add in the big battery and it's 12 grand. And that's without significant repairs to things like the AC (the hissing noise), he wiring or other hybrid goodies.

    Sigh!!!

    I'm gearing up for a fight with the insurance companies. Fact is, there ISN'T a comparable vehicle within 150 miles of me. The 2005s I've seen listed either don't have the stickers or don't have the navigation package and they're listed as high as 30k! I've accepted the fact that I will probably lose my access to the HOV lanes, but that doesn't mean I'm pleased about it.

    My service guy says he will try to look at my baby today, so if I hear from him I'll let you know.

    Cheers,

    Diotima
     
  4. brad_rules_man

    brad_rules_man Hybrid electric revolutionizer

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    Oh no! I hate to hear about a fellow Prius being injured! I hope something works out. I know how you feel on the comparable Prii in the area. If something happened to mine I would be unable to get one just like I want, for the price I got this one. I actually drove like 200 miles to get mine too.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your accident. :( However, if you had HOV stickers, they should be transferable.
     
  6. Tideland Prius

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    sorry to hear about it. Hope it all works out!
     
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    Any pictures of the car after the accident?
     
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    Nope. The stickers follow the VIN, not the driver, and can not/will not be transferred to another vehicle. I had that conversation with DMV when my '06 was totaled the day after the last set of stickers was mailed out.
     
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    Ouch - that sucks. Thanks for clarifying though.
     
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    I'll see if I can get pics tho my dealer may already have started taking it apart for the estimate. It doesn't look all that bad compared to some of the pics I've seen here, so maybe there is hope for her afterall. :)
     
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    Sorry to hear about your mishap. Hope you can get it repaired soon.
     
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    Unless they find more damage when doing the repairs, my Prius is NOT totalled. 2k in mechanical work, not sure yet how much in body. They're supposed to give me the details tomorrow. All I've been told so far is 'not a total'.
     
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    I hate to say it, but the estimate is $1500 to fix mine. The Good thing is that the other guys insurance has accepted fault.
     
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    My wife clipped a curb with mine and damaged one of my aero hubcaps, now I need to buy a full set to replace 1.
    Bitch!!
     
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    all,

    Here's an update:

    Total cost of repairs: $12,000, approx. Not including car rental (paid by at-fault insured)

    Time to completion: 90 days!!! (Accident was on Halloween, got the car after New Year's)

    Repairs done by: Dealer and dealer's sub-contractor

    Satisfaction: meh

    Recap: Sandwich accident with me in the middle. Damage to front and rear. I was at a full stop, got plowed from behind by a minivan and shoved into the car ahead of me at a slight angle. Air bags did not deploy.

    Damage areas: Front and rear bumper, hood, one front headlight, radiator punctured, water pump damaged.

    Issues: Annoying squeak in the dashboard now. Wipers were adjusted poorly, scraping and stuttering across the windshield. Had to go back for an adjustment. *Might* be an issue with the car not keeping an alignment - I sure hope not!
     
  17. a_gray_prius

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    Holy crap - they should have just given you money to get another car.
     
  18. Tideland Prius

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    wow... isn't that > 50% of the value of the car? In parts of Canada, that would've been a write-off
     
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    Your original accident report was over a year ago (11-04-2008). Is this a new accident you are reporting repair costs for, or just a delayed thread comment on the old one?
     
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    The issues after the repair can turn out to be a headache. Make sure that you get printed reports on your alignment check or repair. Everything should be done right.
     
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