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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-08-2007, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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I got hit by a retread blow-out on Thursday morning. I really thought I'd taken the hit with the tire, and my biggest concern was having my own blow-out on a bridge at 60 mph. Well, my tire is fine, but my passenger side bumper, fender, driving light/headlight assembly are all toast. My horn doesn't work, so I guess the hardware for it is up there. I'm concerned that a body shop won't find everything that is wrong with it, but haven't had the greatest luck with body work done at dealerships before. Any suggestions? I'm so disgusted; my Jeep was perfect.

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Many dealerships dont have their own body shops.I run a large independant body shop and we have alot of dealer employees bring their work to us. If you have an insurance agent thats any good they should be able to refer you to a good shop. Jeeps are well built vehicles and straight forward to repair.Once your jeep is opened up they should be able to see all the damage.Some insurance companies have their recommended shops (DRP), but here in PA its always the owners choice where to go. Pros and cons to this, 1. con- the shop sometimes has to use aftermarket parts, which have fit and finish issues. 2. Pro- if the shop doesnt make a repair that you are happy with you can lean on your ins. co. most have a lifetime repair waranty. It depends on your state laws and your ins. co. post a picture or two and i"d be happy to give you any suggestions. -43
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One way is to find a good body shop is find where your local luxury auto dealer (such as the Mercedes dealer) send vehicles to be fixed. Typically those shops are catering to clientelle that has higher standards for how the vehicle is fixed.
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My insurance company (Liberty Mutual) does have a recommended shop, and they'll guarantee the work as long as you own the car if you use them. BUT, I've never heard of this shop, and I've lived here forever. We do have an appt to have them look at it tomorrow. I've gotten charge my batteries, and I'll get a picture.
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Liberty Mutuals "TLC" program is one I'm involved with here in PA. Good program. Here they dont allow aftermarket parts.Not sure if thats a state to state thing or company-wide.They might use used, but not aftermarket.We have not had any problems with Liberty Mutual on our end, so hopefully it will work out for you.keep me posted -43
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Do they consider it a collision or the same as a flying stone to the windshield? The reason I ask is, I was told if the object touches the ground before it hit the car, it's a collision. But if the object was airborne it's comprehensive.
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I have the same deductible on both collision and comprehensive, so I guess it doesn't matter. The whatever-it-was seemed to come from the truck to my Jeep, although it was dark, so it's hard to say for sure.
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I have the same deductible on both collision and comprehensive, so I guess it doesn't matter. The whatever-it-was seemed to come from the truck to my Jeep, although it was dark, so it's hard to say for sure.
If it's collision, they are more likely to raise your rates.
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The email I got says comprehensive. The estimate is $1,068 right now - convenient w/ my $1,000 deductible. I'm sure it'll go a whole lot higher when he gets into it though. The hood won't open, the horn doesn't work - it's a lot of oddball stuff. Poor Commander.
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