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Old 11-30-2008, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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$6500 front end damage, What other parts should I inspect.

Just ran into the back of another car (dont ask) No injury, no air bag. Have a 06 base 300. Here's a list of parts they are going to replace, Complete front bumper, Grille, Front Lamps, , Radiator, AC condenser/trans cooler, front fenders, steering pump, air cleaner assembly, horns, straighten brake lines, abs wiring harness, 2 hrs labor for PULL/ALIGHN FRONT END UNIBODY. Have not talked to shop yet, but the last item scares me.
Suggestions on what else I should ask them to look at, once the car is taken apart?? Iam thinking TieRods, shocks/struts. What else. Thanks all in advance for suggestions
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The $6500 sounds about right. Got any pics?

I was rear ended on a freeway and pushed into the car in front of me and the front and rear repair cost $10k.

Attached is a copy of page one and two of my original estimate that has the front end stuff listed.

The items you listed look about right, except a hood isn't mentioned. The hood is the most expensive single item. Looks like your damage is worse than mine cause you list more items needing repair.

On my estimate, item 12 "Set up and measure" is where I think they make sure the frame isn't bent and it shows 1.5 hours. So your 2 hours looks reasonable for an inspection. If your frame is bent I don't think they will try to repair it and probably total your car. Not even sure if they can fix a bent unibody.

While my insurance paid 100% with no deductible cause I wasn't at fault, I ended up paying extra to have them replace my radiator and condenser with Mopar parts. If you notice on my estimate, it says "Qual Repl Part", which means an aftermarket part and not a Chrysler part. I had to pay the difference between the aftermarket price and the Chrysler price. I didn't want non-Chrysler/Mopar parts for the all important cooling system.
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Sorry, yes complete hood
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sorry to hear that bro, is the insurance company taking care of everything?
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they can repair the rails on your car if damaged, the 300 doe tend to bend up the upper rails some along with the apron area. Not usually to bad if the airbags did not go. As long as a good shop is repairing it you have no need to worry.
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All but $500 ded.
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2 hours is nothing for the Pull and align front unibody. Thats the standard hours for a front end hit. Normally they have 2-3 hours for mount and measure and another 2 hours for pull to align unibody. I work at a body shop and I'm the one that does the big hits and runs the frame machine.

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no problemo

as long as you're at a reputable shop and your insurance is up to snuff you have nothing to worry about.

Even after you get the car back you may still need more repairs, the ins. co. should take care of you.

We have a large Body Shop in the Family, and we routinely drive, buy, and sell severely damaged vehicles they have repaired better than new.
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A good shop can do wonders. Any crack in the windshield-get it replaced too. Best shops are the ones with the Beemers and Benz's in the lot
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