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4th Time's the Charm, Right? #4751445
05/08/18 07:05 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Online content OP
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My aunt got rear-ended in December in her 2016 Toyota Avalon, it was less than a year old. Guy tried to swerve out of the way and hit the left rear. The car was in the body shop for over a month. The first body shop was through the dealership. When the car was ready, her and my dad (who has done body work for 30 years) went to go pick it up. They ended up refusing it, the trunk didn't close well and the plate that it latches to was way off to the side, the exhaust on the driver's side was still smashed and shoved back from the accident, and there was a lump in the quarter panel from the filler.

5 days later they gave her the car back, we just went and picked up the car, a lot of things were going on and we didn't look it over thoroughly. The left rear window didn't work from the driver's door switch. The trunk was way too low on the driver's side and stuck out too far back on the right side. There were boogers in the paint from the paint booth being dirty, and they were in the paint, everywhere. They had to remove the rear wing windows to paint and when reinstalling them, the one on the right was sticking way out, and there was a huge chunk taken out where they used a pry bar taking the window out. There was a 2" long run in the clear coat on the passenger side. They replaced the driver's side of the exhaust but it was still too far inward. She's been busy and agent had a chance to take it in, finally she got a break and dropped it off at a different body shop. Also forgot to mention the trunk made loud popping sounds, the spring rods broke the plastic retainer clip and were flopping around

Body shop number 2 called body shop number 1, and the manager from #1 went over to #2 to look at the car. He expressed his concerns and apologized, saying the car was not acceptable, and he wanted to have his shop re-fix it. No thanks. So body shop #2 straightened out the trunk, reinstalled the window trip, buffed out the clear coat run and the paint boogers, and repaired the paint chip. They delivered the car to me and when they left I looked at it. They did a good job, however the plastic retaining clip for the spring rods broke again and the trunk was clanging and banging when opening and closing it. I also then noticed the roof was covered in paint overspray from shop #1, I noticed it in the beginning but I assumed the car was just dirty. They and to special order the trunk part.

So for attempt number 4, I took it in today and they replaced the trunk spring rod retaining clip, and buffed the roof and it looks great.

The first 2 repairs totaled around $9,200. The 2nd round at the new body shop was around $1,100.

Hopefully the trunk behaves itself and doesn't keep breaking the clips.









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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Nick1994] #4751466
05/08/18 07:36 PM
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That sucks. Glad you kept the pressure on.


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Nick1994] #4751469
05/08/18 07:38 PM
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Any after pictures? At least aunty is ok is the main thing.

Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: SatinSilver] #4751477
05/08/18 07:44 PM
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Nick1994 Online content OP
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Any after pictures? At least aunty is ok is the main thing.
Well, she had neck surgery a year before to fuse a couple vertebrates. She's had some issues since the accident and is still going to doctors and getting scans and all that stuff. We're hoping her neck isn't worse.

I'll try to post pictures tomorrow, it looks good now. It was a brand new Dodge Ram that hit her.


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Nick1994] #4751507
05/08/18 08:08 PM
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My god, does anyone in car related businesses really takes pride of their job? Why people are so careless??? Well, i know why - they are never held accountable for what they do, thatís the problem. Sick of it

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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Nick1994] #4751518
05/08/18 08:15 PM
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These guys do [censored] quality work and move on to the next vehicle.

Luckily she was OK.

Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Mr Nice] #4751526
05/08/18 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
These guys do [censored] quality work and move on to the next vehicle.

Luckily she was OK.

That's the problem with insurance companies. they only authorize a certain $ amount to fix the damage, so the shops have to cut corners in order to keep the insurance jobs coming in.

If this was a privately funded repair, it (usually) would be fixed right the first time.


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: parshisa] #4751529
05/08/18 08:20 PM
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Having your new vehicle damaged and then not repaired correctly surely sucks.


Originally Posted By: parshisa
My god, does anyone in car related businesses really takes pride of their job? Why people are so careless??? Well, i know why - they are never held accountable for what they do, thatís the problem. Sick of it



Not every shop is terrible, you just hear more about the terrible ones than the good ones. The dealer where I purchased my minivan, their body shop did a very good job repairing the damage the thieves caused to it.


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: parshisa] #4751538
05/08/18 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted By: parshisa
My god, does anyone in car related businesses really takes pride of their job? Why people are so careless??? Well, i know why - they are never held accountable for what they do, thatís the problem. Sick of it


There are some people that take pride in their work. It seems to be increasingly difficult to find people that are, though.

I see lots of young guys (and a few gals) that wan't to get into my line of work. Anyway, only a select few seem to have the drive to stick with it. Most wash out in short order.

Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Nick1994] #4751539
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Inredible that it was that much money for that little damage. Our van was rear-ended twice within 3 months.

Each time was around $6k including panel replacement.

Hope it all works out this time!

Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: KrisZ] #4751543
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I have never had anyone do the job well first time around. None. Neither body shop nor repair shop. Techs are in my experience are useless young idiots that care less about what they do. Same goes to service advisors. Not all them - i met two decent gentlemen but techs still managed to fawk it up. Rant over

Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: JHZR2] #4751548
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Holy cow JHZR2!!! That's really tough. Feel bad for you in those circumstances.

Nick1994 good job there.


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: JHZR2] #4751592
05/08/18 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Inredible that it was that much money for that little damage. Our van was rear-ended twice within 3 months.

Each time was around $6k including panel replacement.

Hope it all works out this time!
They had to replace the entire inner and outer quarter panel, as well as the LED brake lights and the trunk lid and bumper. The pictures don't do it justice, it buckled the whole quarter panel.


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: parshisa] #4751650
05/08/18 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted By: parshisa
I have never had anyone do the job well first time around. None. Neither body shop nor repair shop. Techs are in my experience are useless young idiots that care less about what they do. Same goes to service advisors. Not all them - i met two decent gentlemen but techs still managed to fawk it up. Rant over


That's because you live in Texas. I do body work for a living and I have yet to see any repaired vehicle come out of Texas that didn't look like [censored].


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Re: 4th Time's the Charm, Right? [Re: Nick1994] #4751697
05/09/18 02:47 AM
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that car needed a new qtr panel which it didnt get?

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