Minor Guardrail Swipe $4000 to Repair?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by LittleP2015, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. frodoz737

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    So to recap, your deductible is $1,000, your friend gave you $830, you have been paying for insurance to handle these and other situations, you are "out of town" for a couple of months.

    The way I see it...all you have to pay is $170 to fix your car...and I would be willing to bet your carrier will credit up to $25 a day for up to 30 days towards a loaner. Do what you want.
     
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    $170 to fix it? I'd fix it then. Make your friend pony up the extra $170.00. Car is still worth $5k. With the new battery.


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    friendship is priceless. a trusted friend is hard to find.
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    What a joke of a friend. Yes $4K for the damage is perfectly reasonable and expected. If you look at a car wrong, it will cost you $830. To repair all that damage on all those panels with door skins, and then painting, blending, and baking $4K is very reasonable.

    If it were my 2005 (or 2006) I would 100% get it repaired. All those places that are open now will eventually rust. A cheap paint job screams cheap paint job in any type of sunlight.

    Legally, your friend owes you a car in the way you lent it to him. If that's $4000, then that's $4000. If you accept his $830 settlement, then don't expect to get a dime from him later.

    This is why you have insurance, and he has insurance. Since it was his fault, his insurance should cover it.
     
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  6. aaronlife

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    How much would a claim effect his insurance rates, and yours? Is he willing to accept a bump in his insurance?

    If you can get the insurance company to pay you the $3000 cash after deductible towards the repair (but don't repair it at that rate), and since he is giving you $830, figure out how far you come out ahead with $3830 in cash, even if you do find a used fender and doors and bumper the same color and just swap parts (you can wait a few months for this).

    If your annual rates goes up $25 and you walk away with $3000 from the insurance company, you will come out far ahead, even when you sell the vehicle down the road and get more cash back out of it. I would try to find a way to turn this into a win win.
     
  7. JC91006

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    I would think a less than perfect repair would be right around the $830 mark. There's no real indentation on it. Just mostly cosmetic damage that can be painted over and touched up.

    Best to get a few quotes before going with the insurance.
     
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    You may be able to get the parts: right front fender, right front and rear doors, etc. at an auto salvage yard. It would be ideal if a Prius of the same color could be found. Refinishing, repairing, and painting are very time consuming. The quoted price of $4000 for the repair is not unreasonable because the entire side of the vehicle has been damaged. I doubt, however that the repair facility would use new OEM parts due to the vehicle's age. If I were your friend, I would make good and restore the vehicle to its original condition regardless of the cost.
     
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    Maybe my eyes are playing tricks? To me this looks like the sheet metal is peeled open:

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    well it would still be a less than perfect repair
     
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