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#1 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 11:41 PM
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Is this totaled?

Got hit by drunk driver while parked. 2011 with 11,000 miles on it.
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no.... it can be fixed.
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I doubt it. Do you want it to be totaled?

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Yes, it is.
Now you can start shopping for a 2013 rav4.
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Let's clarify the question: "totalled" in an insurance sense usually means that the repairs would cost more than the vehicle is worth. If this is your vehicle the insurance company will be able to tell you; if not, get some quotes from a couple good body shops (with excellent, up-to-date chassis repair equipment) and compare it to the vehicle's value.

If the question is really "can this be fixed?", it's hard to be certain from the pictures. It is surprising how much damage can be hidden. For instance, the transaxle could be scrap from the left axle being hit. I am concerned because it appears the hit was hard enough to shove the passenger side into something with enough force to do fairly serious damage to that side also. The chassis could be seriously out of alignment, enough so that with the mechanical repairs, the repair cost would be prohibitive. You really need to get expert eyes on it in person to know for sure. It might be repairable, but I'm guessing you are going to be impressed by the estimates... Good luck!

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Let's clarify the question: "totalled" in an insurance sense usually means that the repairs would cost more than the vehicle is worth.
It's more like repairs would cost more than the worth of a such a vehicle minus the salvage value. The salvage value of such a vehicle may be considerable.

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Also, I have seen small buckles appear in the roof in such crashes, with the entire vehicle being twisted as if a giant had picked it up and twisted it at both ends. You might not be able to see it by eye, but when a good body shops put the laser alignment equipment on it, it will show up. Some damage of this type can be very hard to repair RIGHT, so a lot depends on whether you are fussy about being able to align your vehicle again, whether you mind your vehicle moving down the road a bit sideways (crab style), etc. Just about anything CAN be repaired by a really good shop with the best guys and machinery, but the real question is whether it will be worth the effort & expense depending on how well the final fix will turn out. Again, good luck!
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And even if you repair everything, the accident goes on file, and won't that really drop the value if you ever want to sell it?
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The responsible insurance company likely will have you take the RAV to a repair shop or shops for estimates, or will have their own estimator examine it. Whether it is regarded as totaled is their call, which you should be able to either accept or reject. If the insurance company has you take it to a repair shop it would be well to make certain that it is a shop which does good work.

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