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Old 06-02-2009, 10:41 AM
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Rear End Collision Damage

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd.- got hit in the rear-end by a Geo Prizm. I was stopped waiting for traffic, she was probably doing 20 mph or so (under heavy braking) at the time of impact.

She wasn't hurt, her car looks to be toast.

My Jeep's rear doors now have about a 1 to 1-1/2" gap between the metal of the door frame and the body, at the tops of both rear doors. You can see into the interior from outside.

I have a good trailer hitch- this is what the front bumper of her car contacted the hardest, the rest of the impact seems to have been absorbed by the bumper assembly itself.

There seems to be some buckling of the left rear quarter, seen in the photo of the filler cover, but none on the right side. The left side is worse. The roof doesn't look buckled- if it is- it's slight.

Anyone care to take a wag at what the fix is gonna take, AFA what will need to be done? Hours? Does it sound repairable or totaled (148,000 miles).

I've attached some photos below.

Thanks for any input, Mark
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My guess is totaled. I have seen two other jeeps now that got hit, hitch first, and the sub frame gets pretty bent up and they were both considered totaled.
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I estimate for a living, by insurance standards that is a total loss, PERIOD.

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I myself would ask around for a good frame shop and have it pulled. I have seen some nasty cars and you would be amazed what can be done on a frame rack when the guy or gal knows what they are doing. I agree with the other post about insurance wise its a total.
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Can you post a picture that shows the complete side of the car,bumber to bumper...

Why the trick pictures of just a corner at a time?

Put up a pic that shows the gaps complete around the door with it closed...

Do you want it to be totaled?
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Why the trick pictures of just a corner at a time?
There's no tricks.

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MARTINSR I estimate for a living, by insurance standards that is a total loss, PERIOD.

Brian
That's about what I thought, judging by the age, mileage etc.

Thanks Brian, web01_99, milo and Finaltheorem47 for taking the time to respond.

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sorry, didn't see the full side pic.
your right, it's a gonner
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it doesnt look bad to me really, i see alot worse running around on the streets, i commonly see rollovers being driven daily. could sell this one for a good chunk as a spare vehicle or work vehicle still, if it still runs and drives fine.

we just had a trans rebuilt for a friend who owns a 98 wrangler that she rolled over. spent 600 on the trans rebuild and plus our labor costs etc.

no reason to quit driving it just because its been in an accident or rolled.

still does just fine save for some body damage.

could sell that 97 up here for a good 800 or 1000 i know easily

looks very clean solid

which is a rare thing to see.

id be surprised if the trans is still good or original in it though with that mileage though since its a chrysler product.



good luck
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Yeah, w/a wash and wax, it used to look new...

No issues w/mechanicals, tranny great. The self-diagnostic display has always had a mind of its own- will display whatever, whenever it wants to, radio will change stations, preset drivers settings (seat position, radio channel, mirror settings, etc.) will sometimes change if I use the key fob to unlock door, prob. all related to the body control module.

Oh well. I'm still driving it, of course. Plan to "buy" it back from the insurance company, if they're willing to deal.

If not, show me the $$$. All $2K of it- if I'm lucky... lol

But I do need to see what I should get from the insurance, before they come around looking to low-ball me.
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