cdub wrote:Wouldn't they just total it if it's $20k in repairs?
They'll run pretty close to the edge before they total it. Also, depending on his coverage, they might have been on the hook for replacement value on a car this new.cdub wrote:Wouldn't they just total it if it's $20k in repairs?
jcodeglia wrote:Hey there fellow LEAF owners, or enthusiasts, etc...
I've had my black Nissan Leaf since June 2011. In May 2012 I was in an accident. I'm fine, thanks, but my poor LEAF was nearly destroyed. This body shop wanted to total it and get me a new car. But insurance insisted it be repaired, so it was. It took two whole months! It was an interesting project for the dealership and for the body shop because they had never worked on such a damaged LEAF before. Any more damage than this, and it would have been totaled instead of repaired. The job cost the other insurance company $20,000, plus my $3,000 Prius rental. Since I wasn't at fault, I didn't pay a dime (except for gas for the Prius, but I'll let that one go - I'm a nice guy).
Anyway HERE are pictures from the body shop. I thought you might enjoy seeing some LEAF guts.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 704&type=3
suzywillow wrote:$20,000 for repairs, how was this not deemed a total loss?
Insurance companies don't use the logic you or I would. For them, if it saves them even a few bucks over totaling it, they'll insist on the repair. After all it's not their headache if the car is never quite right, or you have to go without it for a few months. My son wrecked my 2005 Prius when it was less than a year old. The insurance company spent approx $21k fixing it. I was hopping mad that they didn't total it at the time. As it turns out, the car has been one of the best I've ever owned. I still own it with >140,000 miles on it. The traction battery was replaced under warranty just shy of the end of the warranty period, so I'm hoping it will last my kids a good long time.suzywillow wrote:$20,000 for repairs, how was this not deemed a total loss?