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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:57 am

The damage didn't really look that bad to me. I would have thought $5,000 tops for a repair job like that.
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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:04 am

Wouldn't they just total it if it's $20k in repairs?
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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:29 am

cdub wrote:Wouldn't they just total it if it's $20k in repairs?


This was my thought as well. :?:

As to why it cost so much: Headlights were $1000 each and airbags deploying are around $1000 each also. So assuming that both headlights had to be replaced and that both from airbags deployed you are looking at $4000 just for parts. But still, $20k is a lot.

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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:18 pm

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.
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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:29 pm

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.

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-James


what did they charge to remove, store and reinstall the battery?
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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:17 pm

The airbags didn't go off since I was traveling under 30 mph, so that didn't add to the cost. I'll have to look at the repair's breakdown and give you guys some specifics. But the whole front was T-boned, so the front was askew even though only one body panel was struck. I think they replaced nearly every part under the hood. And remember, this is the "business end" of the car. Lots of neat, brand-new, expensive stuff in there!

I'll go look for the repair cost breakdown....
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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:32 pm

$20,000 for repairs, how was this not deemed a total loss?

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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:05 am

suzywillow wrote:$20,000 for repairs, how was this not deemed a total loss?

Joulee3 was :(
Although I'm kinda happy to have a fresh battery in a new 2012 now... and netted some cash along the way.. and a much cheaper monthly lease price.. so I guess I don't miss Joulee all that much... But yeah, the damage on Joulee3 wasn't all that different from this car and they opted to total it.
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Re: Nissan LEAF wreck May 2012

Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:43 pm

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.
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