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Short story is the driver of the Neon crossed two lanes of traffic and hit me. It was a total surprise. There is this a spot where cars can wait for traffic to slow and then boot it across. There are no lights or anything, it's up to the driver's discretion. She didn't see me until it was too late.

No real injury other than being shaken up and some stiff neck/back muscles. Car is financed and I'm fully insured. We have public insurance so either way the car will get fixed. The only question is if I'm going to get a loaner vehicle. If the insurance adjuster determines it's 100% her fault then I get the rental car paid. It's for certain her fault but until she reports the accident on her end I have to wait..

I'm really hoping there is no frame damage and it's all just body/mechanical parts that need to be swapped out.
 

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cfrp is right, your ILX is never going to be the same, it looks like the control arms took a beating on the front wheel there so its possible something got warped, and that door looks like its never going to close properly again. I remember when i was a kid i got into a similar accident with my old ranger, only she took it on the bed at the rear wheels, It was fixed no problem but from then on the truck was constantly dog tracking, meaning it was going down the road with the rear end on a slight angle...
 

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Oh man the bad luck Stupid drivers. Can believe it happened so soon. By the looks of it where it hit I think it might be a write off because the repairs for the repairs is hard to get back to 100%. Keep us updated. Sorry to hear bro.
 

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Ya, honestly I don't think it'll be a write off and It's also not going to work in my benefit to be a write off. I bought the car for $27000. A 2014 ILX Dynamic in Canada is $34000. If it's written off and they give me say $25000, I'll need $7000 out of pocket to get the same vehicle.

Now, I spoke with an autobody shop locally and what they had to say was this.


  • Due to the cars age, all damaged parts, panels etc.. will be replaced and not fixed.
  • Due to the cars age, all parts will be replaced with factory OEM parts. No substitutions.
  • No putty will be used anywhere
  • The car will be put back to original shape with the one exception of paint. It will be as close a match as possible but is not ALWAYS perfect. Having said that, silver is one of the easiest to match. ** Update - seems this may not be true but my old civic was silver and they matched the paint perfectly after an accident...
  • The shop's policy is to guarantee their work for lifetime. If there is anything wrong, it WILL get fixed.
  • They had no worries about drive-train, suspension etc.. They just find the parts that have issues and replace them.


So, do I think this will be a painless process? No... but I do think it's highly probable that I will get a virtually identical car to the one I had a few days ago..
 

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I spoke with a highly recommended repair facility today and I asked the question mentioned above.

"Will the car will ever be the same again"

The response was you won't be able to tell the difference. It will be perfect and they guarantee it. Even the paint matching...

Car goes in on Tuesday.
 

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They have to say that they own the shop. That is simply not true, there is a high probability that car will become a repair money pit. The front suspension parts will likely go permaturely, sensors all over the car will go prematurely. If the tranny moved at all it will wear faster and could cause damage to the bottom end of your motor. The car may not handle properly when cornering at a high rate of speed.

How do I know this? I kept two Hondas after fairly serious crashes and repairs and this was the result. They looked great and drove normal below the limits, but were never the same underneath.

I'm not trying to scare you or be an ass, just saying make sure you look the car over yourself, make sure everything with a scratch is repaired. Note any new sound, tick, or characteristic it exhibits after repair and report it to your insurer and the repair shop immediately. Follow up repeatedly until it is fixed. Lastly if they try to repair your rims instead of buying you new ones DO NOT accept it, the paint will fall off in a few years.
 

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They have to say that they own the shop. That is simply not true, there is a high probability that car will become a repair money pit. The front suspension parts will likely go permaturely, sensors all over the car will go prematurely. If the tranny moved at all it will wear faster and could cause damage to the bottom end of your motor. The car may not handle properly when cornering at a high rate of speed.

How do I know this? I kept two Hondas after fairly serious crashes and repairs and this was the result. They looked great and drove normal below the limits, but were never the same underneath.

I'm not trying to scare you or be an ass, just saying make sure you look the car over yourself, make sure everything with a scratch is repaired. Note any new sound, tick, or characteristic it exhibits after repair and report it to your insurer and the repair shop immediately. Follow up repeatedly until it is fixed. Lastly if they try to repair your rims instead of buying you new ones DO NOT accept it, the paint will fall off in a few years.
Good point, I will keep a log. I've kept a log of my accident and dealings with the insurance company already so I will extend it to include this information as well.
 

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Got the estimate today. It's $8700 but that doesn't include two new front wheels and tires because the insurance company didn't have pricing on those. The shop also said they usually find things that can't been seen until they take it apart.

I expect it to get around $12,000-$13000 once it's all said and done. Expected completion is end of Sept.
 

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Got the estimate today. It's $8700 but that doesn't include two new front wheels and tires because the insurance company didn't have pricing on those. The shop also said they usually find things that can't been seen until they take it apart.

I expect it to get around $12,000-$13000 once it's all said and done. Expected completion is end of Sept.
wow that's quite a lot. it must suck having to get all that done on a brand new car. after that i wouldn't feel the same behind the wheel of it.
actually i would want to sell it years later and get a brand new car and start fresh
 

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What body shop are you giving the car too .. Are you going with Acura recommended body shop .. or the regular Carstar that most insurance company use.
 

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Don't fret if its a Acura authorized repair facility and they have good revues you should be alright. They are right though, make sure you check everything. I had an accident in my BMW 3 yrs ago and the BMW shop did a great job. I was following a county truck on the Brooklyn/Queens expressway. His load was broken up cement curbing and wasn't secure. The truck hit a bump and I hit the curbing flying out going about 45 MPH with my 535xiT. HUGH BOOM and skid off the road later, along with a flatbed tow. The curbing took out my tire, rim, trailing arm, brake assembly, mud guard, air dam and various sensors for TRC, Brakes, AWD etc BUT NO BODY or engine damage. $8300 to fix my car, and still it drives and acts like it did new. If the shop knows what they are doing you needn't worry.
 

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Usually if it's a shop thats recommended by the dealer, you can bet it's a good one. or you can always do your own research to find the best around and send it their.
just by looking at the shop you want to go to and meeting it's staff, you'll be able to tell a lot about their quality of service
 

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At least you know that the ILX is a safe vehicle. You came out of the crash without injury. Yea, I'm looking on the bright side. That really sucks though. You'll have to let us kow what the car ends up like when you get it back.
 

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It's always good to do a check online of the shop for consumer reviews if nothing shows up then just go and meet the staff and talk with them.
 

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Car is at the shop. They have already received most, if not all of the new OEM parts and have begun the dismantling and repair of the suspension. I asked them to take pictures so I could see what it looked like before they fixed it. Hopefully I can post those here eventually. Once they have the mechanical done, it'll move to auto body. Not sure when that will be but likely in the next week or so.. In the mean time I have a 2013 Avenger as my courtesy car.

My shop adviser is great to deal with and responds quickly to any of my inquiries. They found more damage with the suspension but it's all just replacement stuff. New damage estimate is about 12k.
 
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