I think they'll probably fix it up for you.
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I'll post the pics, but they're not that impressive. I read the door sticker last night. I thought the Aspen weighed 5000#. Appears to be more like 6500#!! My 2500 CTD weighs 6700# and that's with an 1100# motor. I also noticed the "class 4" receiver isn't much more than the receiver welded to a thin wall crossmemeber. If worst comes to worst I found an '08 identical to what she has now that's about 220 miles away. Only thing is I haven't seen the lifetime drivetrain adevertized anymore and I'd lose the lifetime MaxCare that's on the current one. Plus we'd be way upsidedown as we took full advantage of the 0%/72 months (financed all of it, used all of Chryslers money so to speak).
I think they'll probably fix it up for you.
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According to www.dodge.com, your GVWR is 6400 lbs, and that's what's probably on your door sticker, not the vehicle weight, which is stated to be 4647 lbs. Surprisingly, it's still lighter than my 2000 D (4865 lbs on my registration).
Sounds like replacing the rear axle and mounts are the critical issues, the rest being mostly cosmetic. Hopefully you can get a fully satisfactory repair.
Kepp an eye on the wife and jnr3 for a couple of days. I felt fine after both of my smashes, right up till the following day, when I felt like I'd been run over by a semi.
To re-cap: Wifes new Apsen was broadsided on 11/12. Made the 2nd payment on 11/7. Since it has been in the shop another payment has been made. Looks like yet another will be made before we get it back. She was hit dead in the center of the driver side rear wheel. Pushed the axle over hard enough the pop one of the track bars off and bend the trailing arms on the driver side. When the trailing arms stopped bending the frame picked of the slack from there. Truck went in the shop on 11/21. It's still there. Shop is having a bear of time straightening the frame. Basically like trying to straighten 1/4 of a coke can without distorting the rest of the can. Rear hatch area and rear driver side door are out of alignment. They're replacing the busted suspension components and most likely the driver side axle, but not the entire rearend in spite of my insistance on the latter. If I try and trade this I'll take a monster hit (regular depreciation) plus the "repaired damage" or diminished value. This is obviously a third party claim (we're making the claim on the others insurance) and that seems to make a difference. Any opinions? Anyone ever claimed diminished value and won? Loss of use? They tried to give us $25 a day for a rental but my wife just decided to avoid the hassle and drive her old Intrepid. The $25 basically got a Taurus. No better than the Intrepid and not exactly the Aspen she was driving.
base curb weight is 4866lb on Chrysler.com?
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You should speak with an attorney. The "other guy's" insurance will ALWAYS try to screw you.
There's ABSOLUTELY no reason your vehicle should be in any worse condition after the repairs. The other guys' insurance will always try to cut corners with you because they have no way to get that money back.
Most attorneys will give you a free initial consult, you can decide where to go from there.
oops, double post.
they didn't total it with damage like that? Bummer.
Like others, glad the A took the punishment, and not your family.
As others have said, I'd be watching the whole process like a hawk, and even though the other guy's insurance is paying the body shop, they're in effect working for you. From your pics, the damage doesn't look too bad although the frame issue sounds a little scary.
My understanding is that most insurance companies will pay up to 85% of the current book value to repair a vehicle. IMO, that might be valid for an older car, but to put that much into a brand new vehicle to me means it took a hell of a beating. I wouldn't want a vehicle that went through that much.
Luckily yours is nowhere near that though. I was chatting with my local body shop the the other day on just this topic, and they relayed about a 30K repair to a fairly new Escalade that needed and got a brand new frame.
Make no mistake, insurance is a racket (sorry Indy.) Gone for the most part are the days of taking care of things without a bunch of hemming and hawwing to see what they can get away with.
You might want to consider having an independent inspection done before signing any type of release, and be sure you're satisfied with the work done. I believe you'll have a period of time in which to evaluate it , and get back to the body shop if you deem it's not right yet.
Re the rental, I'd tell them that the reason you paid for the big A was to protect your family. I'd politely but firmly advise them that you won't put your family in anything smaller than the A. Remind them that their client's negligence is the reason that you're suffering through this ordeal, and that unless they take care of you you'll see them in court.
Ie, they can pay now or pay even more later.
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