Wonder if your Passat is safe in a collision? I think mine did just fine, it drove away with the trunk and lights all working. I just don't know how it's going to get fixed
If repaired properly, it'll be right....maybe not as right as it came of the assembly line. But, it'll be right....unless Maaco does the repair and paint work!!
The longer I think about this accident the more frustrated I get. I saved up my deployment money to get this car. I traded in my used 07 Jetta and the dealer gave me pennies for it because it had a accident on its record even though they couldn't tell it was wrecked till they pulled the carfax. I feel like I no longer own a new VW I feel like I own junked one and I've just lost any value I had in it.
Glad you are ok and it does look like the Passat held up really well. Having been hit in the rear while in an older Honda Accord, I am very impressed at how well the Passat did...
Tell the other person's insurance that you will settle if they just total your car, or buy it from you so you can get a new one. If they won't, tell them you suddenly feel major back and neck pain... Insurance companies had MUCH rather pay and total your car than to pay out medical claims.
WTH, Kelly Blue Book doesn't even have an option for 2012 Passat. I can't even determine a value for the car when they come to look at it for an estimate. This is going to be such a clusterF*#k. How can they determine what % of the cars worth the damage is if there isn't a baseline for what the car is worth with 8.5k mileage on it.
i'm impressed you don't have any injury to your neck whether a cervical strain or sprain.
i had a similiar accident like yours in 07 in my 04 vw but not as bad and i had no warping of pillars. however, there was about $4K in damage to the vehicle and i did have about 2 years of dealing with neck issues.
since your car is brand new, you will definitely be able to argue and go for vehicle devaluation allowance in addition to whatever else you will be seeking for damages.
i had 2 accidents on my 04 but only 1 showed up in carfax - the one that was a rear ending. also dealership offered about 5K to by my 04 earlier this year but i sold it on CL for 9500 letting peeps know there were really 2 accidents on the car in addition to street parking damage.
all is not lost.
thank God you are safe and the Passat did an amazing job if you are not suffering any neck or back sensitivity after the accident.
93 vw wolfsburg fox 4-door | 00 honda crv lx | 03 vw jetta wagon gls 2.0 | 04 vw jetta wagon gls tdi-pd | 12 vw tiguan se+panoroof+nav
Having worked at a body shop before it's a 50/50 on them totaling it out. I think you might be better off with a total and hope they give you enough to get the same car. The car would never be thr same or "new" again. I feel you pain and would be sad if anything liek this happend to my Passat. Hope it all works out. Let us know what happens.
I got it on video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqHxTOtHMtQ
Its sounds like you weren't hurt... glad the Passat did its job
2012 Passat TDI SE DSG. 60,000 miles. LED tails, VCDS tweaks (wipers, alarm, cluster)
1999 Jetta "GLX" TDI. 296,000 miles. RCIII, BV49, S520, Knois.
1991 Mercedes 350SDL. 225,000 miles, 60k on the replacement motor
1991 Jetta GL ECOdiesel. 429,000 miles. Totaled
1992 Jetta GL ECOdiesel. 150,000 miles. Sold.
Still, it looks like the Passat held up nicely. The crumple zone did a great job.
Went to a local body shop just to get an idea of what the cost of repair would be. Initial estimate is about $6,200 and 15 working days. Once the actual adjuster comes out I can take it up to the dealer and see what it's actually going to cost and start the "total loss" war. I hate this BS
I'm in the insurance industry 50 years. Today a total loss is if the cost to repair exceeds 70% to 80% of vehicles actual market value. Yes , that high. A $20,000 vehicle could sustain up to $14,000 in damages and still not be deemed a total.
Just real life food for thought numbers.
That estimate seem s a little low.. I'd let them tear it apart first and see whats really going on underneath. I'd say battle number 1 is that everything is replaced with 100% genuine OEM VW parts.
Take it to the best body shop in town who will fight for this and do the best possible work. If the frame is bent the cost will go up a good amount to fix it.
Before you worry about trading it in on a new one.. have it fixed by the best people with the best parts and see how she drives. Don't take any crap from insurance about cost cutting repairs. you were rear ended.
2002 Sentra SER Spec V
You will want to file a diminished value claim against the insurance of the person that hit you. You will probably have to fight for this.
I am sorry for your loss.
2008 Passat, 2.0T, 6-speed manual, Euro lights
"If stupid got us into this mess, how come it can't get us out?"
Please note he doesn't need to ask his insurance company about diminished value from them and even if it was optional coverage on his end it's irrelevant because HE was NOT at fault.
He should ask his company to go after the other company or file suit. When someone causes an accident almost anything reasonable is on the table. You have to be aggressive... And I'm not saying unlawful or ridiculous either..
And the body shops most common dealerships use are mediocre at best. They do quick cut rate work for dealers on lot cars primarily unless you are asking an exotic dealer.
2002 Sentra SER Spec V
I have yet to EVER see one person walk away from a claim "Even Steve"...
Even if there was no damage and you choose to trade in this early in ownership you would take a bath $ wise.
Get it repaired and go from there. You may be 100% happy with repair.
Best of luck on this claim.