This is my very first post in these forums and I bought my mother a 2014 Toyota RAV-4 XLE with 4 and a half miles on it back last July. Now in August 23rd, 2015 she was rear ended and pushed into another car that was in front of her. She was stopped so, the Air Bag didn't deploy. Needless to say the vehicle had 8,356 miles at the time of the accident.
It was a young man (Student) with a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX who hit her from behind and didn't have full coverage, just the State of Florida minimum overages.
Anyway, just providing you all some background because I was shocked that the RAV-4 sustained lots of damage.
How much damage you ask?:nerd
How about $7,140 US worth!:surprise
The Radiator, A/C Condenser, Lower Radiator Hose, Frontal Light Lenses, Bumpers (Front & Rear) and many more parts! The hit was so bad, I guess, that the Radiator support cross member (a large black beam) had to be replaced!:frown
Additionally, when the RAV-4 hit the car in front, the Lower Radiator hose was pushed inwards to the A/C compressor pulley and the friction started to make a hole in the hose such that all of the Antifreeze left the vehicle under pressure.
On the rear, the entire Lift Gate door had to be replaced and the body had to be pulled slightly to get some crinkle out from within the spare tire compartment and the rails were not affected, however. Of course the bumper had to be replaced.
I do realize that automobiles are made to get crushed so, the occupants do not get injured but, I am amazed on the amount of damage a low velocity impact can cause on this vehicle. Yes, the young man was impatient with traffic and he tried to change lanes and miss calculated and gunned his Impreza and hit my mother's RAV-4 with perhaps a good wack.:serious Needless to say, I never thought it would get damaged at this higher level.
Anyone out there have had the bad luck on a fender bender or a rear end collision with theirs? If so, can you please reply on what sort of damages?
I am just curious......:laugh