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Hit and Run...Now what?? - Advice welcomed please.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rbej_taco, May 28, 2011.

  1. May 28, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    rbej_taco

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    All,
    Love these forums. You guys have been great at advice, repairs, deals, and all else. I need your help. One day I noticed this damage on my '09 truck (rear driver's side fender). Looks like someone tried to park next to me or was backing out and kissed their bumper on my fender. It left streaks (some can be buffed out others go through to base metal), a slight crease in the fender, and a lot of damage on the plastic flare. I tried to find out where and who might of hit it (looked at camera footage in parking lots, asked around) but ended up with nothing, so I either have to go through my insurance, pay it myself, or fix it myself at a cost. Here are my options and I wanted the group's advice on their experiences in doing similar repairs or whether to lay down the bucks to repair it correctly:

    A.) 2 Body Shops (one dealer used other independent) quoted me 1,800 for the repair to fender and flare so I am confident anywhere I take it is should be about this much. If I just wanted them to repair my fender (and I do the flare myself) cost would be 1,100.

    B.) Mobile repair guys (Dent Doc, Dent Time...etc.) quoted me about 400 for JUST the fender repair - again I would repair the flare myself.

    C.) I could just repair the flare (majority of the damage) and call it a day. Cost maybe around 80 - 100 depending on what I find here for sale and a new gasket seal.


    I have a 500 deductible on my insurance and my agent said that the claim should not count against me (premium wise) since the car was parked and I was not in it at the time. Anyone can confirm this based on experience. My insurance is with Kemper.

    Would appreciate everyone's advice on whether to go cheap or lay down the 500 and do it right. I guess there is a little vanity that plays in here and maybe the fear that leaving the exposed base metal to the elements might make things worse for the paint. For the most part my truck is stock and I don't do 4 wheeling - just normal city driving. Thanks again for the advice!!!

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  2. May 28, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    BFA

    BFA Nuttier than squirrel shit.

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    the bedside should be able to be buffed out from what it looks like and the fender if you can deal with it eventually find someone thats selling oem flares and buy theirs or find one at a junkyard.

    then lay landmines around your truck when you park.
     
  3. May 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM
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    Thats a total piss off. Sorry to hear. Someone backed into the side of my car when I was 17 and I never had the money to fix it and it was never the same car to me.
    If nothing else, it DOES make the truck look more beefy? lol
    I would say leave it until you find a deal you cannot pass up. Good luck!
     
  4. May 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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    That sure looks evenly flat like a rub from backing out of a garage and hitting the framing on your way out. Did you have your truck in for service somewhere?

    RZ Rob
     
  5. May 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM
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    Don't want the truck to lose its appeal but at the same time I ask myself: fix the truck or buy an iPad? hmmmmm
     
  6. May 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    truck. fuck the ipad, I dont get all the hype
     
  7. May 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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    achirdo

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    X2 on backing out some where. The scratches are up to high and low to be another car imo
     
  8. May 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    I'd agree with this- It looks alot like the damage my truck has from the garage frame my cousin bumped into....
     
  9. May 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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    I am the only person who drives it and have not had it in the shop where it could have been damaged. I park in the driveway and 100% certain I did not side swipe something. This would be easier to not realize on the passenger side and not the drivers side where you have fairly good visibility. Flare also had white paint rubbed on the paint.
     
  10. May 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM
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    Regardless of which side and visibility, you'd have to be deaf and or dead not to feel that you hit something.

    Frank
     
  11. May 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    You have a couple of estimates already, so here's what I would do:

    1. Repair any scratches that reach metal RIGHT NOW. You don't want rust adding to your worries.

    2. Buff out what you can. Use a scratch fixing compound and do it by hand if you need to.

    3. Touch up spots that you can touch up yourself.

    4. Wax it.


    Now stand back 10 feet and decide for yourself if it's worth spending another $xxxx. If it still bothers you enough to fix it more, take it to a third and fourth body shop. Now that you have cleaned it up and made some repairs, they might estimate a lower repair cost. Tell them you'll be paying in cash if it is under $your.limit.
     
  12. May 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    Why wouldn't you want an absurdly oversized and overpriced ipod touch?
     
  13. May 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    ..............i dont care :D
     
  14. May 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    Ok I hear you on the large ipod touch...Okay at least a low end laptop for the 500 - still is it worth the 5 Ben Franklins?:D
     
  15. May 29, 2011 at 8:49 PM
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    [​IMG] Those flairs are $300. alone so I would turn it in. Normally if you have a $500. deductable and it's a hit & run they will only charge you 1/2 of the $500. Ask the agent. I just got my 06 back after being A$$ended. The guy did $4000. damage to my taco. Good Luck!
     
  16. May 29, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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    As I read this on my IPad I say get a refurbed iPad and fix the truck for the win
     
  17. May 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM
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    I had a similar situation with my truck a few years ago. My damage was on the passenger side front fender. Hit and run in a parking lot. The truck had not even had its first oil change. I turned it into insurance, paid the deductable and had it fixed. The plastic flare had to be replaced, it can't be repaired. The repair looked like crap. It was more than a month before I could get back to the body shop to complain. There was a gap between the fender and the metal and glue that had not been wiped off. They replaced the clips (said they did) and cleaned off some, bit not all of the glue residue.

    Fast forward less than a year later. The truck has scratches in the same spot. I have learned to live with it. It pisses me off, because I did not do this. I have an otherwise mit condition, low mileage truck.

    Fix the metal. Don't mess with the plastic.
     
  18. May 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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    Fix it properly! Its stressing me out.
     
  19. May 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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    tell the haters its trail rash and call it a day...now go make more
     
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