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Old 06-20-2013, 11:23 AM
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01 Camaro unibody accident repair

Not sure if this is the right forum for this topic but here goes.

Does a 01 Camaro have unibody construction; no frame? The Camaro right side took out a brick mailbox at 35mph. The insurance company USAA wants to total the vehicle since they claim it has unibody construction. Can unibodies be repaired so the vehicle is safe to drive? The passenger air bag deployed.

I wasn't the driver.

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Obamaville..........

Forget worrying about working on the car,the ,first thing you HAVE to worry about is how to get out of oreoville.......
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Not sure if this is the right forum for this topic but here goes.

Does a 01 Camaro have unibody construction; no frame? The Camaro right side took out a brick mailbox at 35mph. The insurance company USAA wants to total the vehicle since they claim it has unibody construction. Can unibodies be repaired so the vehicle is safe to drive? The passenger air bag deployed.

I wasn't the driver.
Any metal can be repaired. The reason why the car was totaled is that the estimate for labor and parts cost for the repair exceeded the book value of the car. In other words, it was cheaper to pay for a replacement car. As for how hard it is to repair, there's no way to know for sure without putting the car on a frame machine. It WILL need a professional frame machine to get the suspension attach points back where they belong.
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yes unit body
it's 13 years old that's why they want to total it.
easy fix if you can get parts cheap enough.
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after you get the cash for it totaled. buy it back from the insurance co . I got $500 for the totaled parts car!! understand now buy a few at this price and get what YOU need to make it road worthy again !!
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guys, thanks for all the good input. Now to make a decision on the car. Oh, yes, I am still looking for a way to escape *****ville but no luck yet! I will be laughing about this last one for days!
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do not know obamaville , Do not care ! get up everyday the same!! pictures of the wreck & ******************

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Post some photos along with the estimate written. "Easy fix"? There is NOTHING "easy" until it's seen. There are totals that should stay totals, there are totals that are an easy fix. Without seeing it, there is NO WAY we could ever give you any quality advice.

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if total and not fix the ls1 5.7 all alum engine is worth selling, if it was in good running order, 6 speed a plus..
that's what I want to drop in my SS one day.
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yes unit body
it's 13 years old that's why they want to total it.
easy fix if you can get parts cheap enough.
Well, you haven't posted any photos, so we can't judge if it's an "easy fix" or not. Insurance companies are not in the habit of paying out any more money than they have to, so clearly it was cheaper to total the car than to fix it. Again, since the suspension on that car bolts to hard point on the unibody, if the hard points were moved in the crash, you must put it on a frame machine to repair it. That's neither easy nor cheap. I don't know if an '01 uses heat treated steel or not, but that could be another consideration, since you can't simply heat it and straighten it.
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And most of that stuff doesn't straighten at all, when a unibody suspension mounting point gets damaged it's often replace time. Replacing the apron on one of those cars is NOT fun, nor easy.

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