Hit a deer in my 2005 Prius, 250,000 miles. Should I fix?

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  1. Xtine000

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    Hello all! I haven't been back to the forum since purchasing my 2005 Prius 5 years ago. Now it has 250,000 miles. It is a great car that has never given me trouble once after I fixed some stuff about it like a bent axle, etc. 5 years ago. Never had to replace the battery - nothing. I hit a deer last night and now the left headlight is shattered, the hood is bent and the bumper is damaged. That's from what I can see, I have to get it looked at to see what the problems are, but it's Sunday so every place is closed.

    Question for all of you: Should I fix this one or get a new car? Does it have a chance of making it to a much higher mileage?

    Thanks for your tips.
     
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    You don't even know what the damage is yet? Remove the headlight and inspect the metal where it mounts and see if you can bend it back into place and replace the headlight with a new one. I had to do this once. The metal bending wasn't so hard and it worked out. Also auto body shops have great tools to do this if it's more than you can bend/hammer, but their price might not be worth it for such and old car.
     
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    if no major damage is found, i would do a basic diy and keep it. you might have one of those unicorns (y)
     
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    What about the poor old deer? Can you fix that?
     
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    Unicorns always bring extra cookies too, so that's good news.
     
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    Thanks for your input. I went to 2 different auto body places and called 2 salvage yards to find a headlight and other parts for it. Nobody will touch it. The hood is stuck shut. They're afraid that if they pry it open, it will not be able to be closed and it will pop open when I'm driving and I won't be able to see, and it will cause an accident. I explaind that I could bungee it down till I could get it fixed, but they won't hear of it. With the left headlight, the place where it was attached was smashed. They would have to attache the light to other structures in the area, and they are scared to do that. They think it could fall out and cause an accident, etc. Either I'm talking to a bunch of real chickens, or they just want my money, or something. I was written an estimate on the work for $3000 and he said that was really being generous. I'm sooooo sad about my dear Prius, that STILL starts up and drives perfectly even with the hood crumpled shut, the left light smashed and the left bumper drooping down. The little motor just chugs away like everything is normal. It could be that it IS a Unicorn. IDK.

    Things people have told me to do:

    1) get a rental car to complete my move, park the Prius till the move is over, then work on getting the Prius fixed if i want to bet on it doing another couple hundred thousand miles

    2) sell the Prius to a salvage or used car guy, I've already had someone eager to buy it and asking me to come to him with a number. Use the $ for the downpayment for another car. Sadly, I can't buy another car in cash right now, that was the plan but it didn't work out that way so I will be financing).

    3) Lease a car since I will be living in more of a "city" area when I move (no way, I'm a free spirit who goes on long trips on weekends so I would use up the lease miles too fast)

    What do you think is the best course of action? Thanks!
     
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    Well... Most people provide pictures so we aren't blind to the damage... Sounds like that, combined with talking to too many chickens who are afraid to look under the hood, you may be getting rid of a car that could be repaired at a low price. But without pictures there's no way we can confirm or deny the claims of people who have looked at it.
     
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    Here you go:
     

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    I think the only prudent course of action is to sell it or trade it in.
    Will you be getting any money from insurance ?

    I'd venture a guess that most people will never own a car that old or with that many miles.
     
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    Today I bought a $10 rubber mallet from the hardware store. I got the hood open. It latches down with some pushing on it, so it’s not the problem they said it would be. I hammered out some of the hood dents and hammered the hood back roughly into the place where it belongs. I used wire to lash the still working left blinker into place so it wouldn’t fall off as I am driving. Used bungee cords to prevent the left bumper from being too close to the tire.
     
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    It does. Sold mine today at over 395,000 miles.
     
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    No, Geico screwed me over. It turns out that you need something called Comprehensive Coverage to cover animal damage. I only had Collision so I can't get a penny from them for this, although I payed faithfully each month.
     
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    Love the Groundhog! :)
     
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    Possible to get pics of damage with hood open, pics along driver fender. Maybe looking at a rad support.
     
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    Oh... Your pictures clarify that it's a lot more than just swapping the headlight and living with the damage. You basically need a replacement hood, front bumper cover, left front fender and some bending of the mounts that hold it back into place. You can find lots of people who would be able to do this, but sourcing the used parts is the challenge. If it were my car I'd be willing to drive a lot of miles in a loaner car to find all these parts at a wrecking yard where you pull the parts yourself. And because bumper covers are hard to find I'd buy a new one on Ebay. They sell them with paint that matches in the $250 range.
     
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    This is good news... Taking matters into your own hands will get you back on the road for a much lower price than any other method.
     
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    YES I located a scrap yard that has all the parts. I have to start with the light just so it can get back on the road and not be pulled over for having a missing headlight. Then I will complete my move from the house I"m living in. This all happended DURING My move omg. Then once I am securely in my new place, I will source all the other parts and have them put on. Thanks for the tip re: the bumper cover on Ebay. Surprisingly, the car still runs fine so there is no need for a loaner car. It's crazy but it took a full on hit from a big deer and kept right on going, I didn't even know the damage was as bad as it was till I got home and got a look at it. That's one tough car.
     
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    This sounds like a post from a person who will succeed at keeping their much loved Prius on the road for many more miles to come!!! All it took was buying that rubber hammer!
     
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    Did they explain that "thing called comprehensive" ?
    Most people have that and NOT collision......because collision only kicks in when you have a moving accident that is YOUR fault.
    Comprehensive covers a lot more......and is cheaper usually.

    OH.....and Geico did NOT "screw you over".
    They did exactly what any insurance company would have done in the same circumstances.
     
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