Auto Repair. How much am I looking at?

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  1. stormchaser2014

    stormchaser2014 Well-Known Member

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    I spun out this morning on some ice and went into the ditch. My front end is kinda messed up. Bumper is cracked. Radiator is leaking and the fan is stuck in the on position. Windshield washer fluid is leaking somewhere and I think something in the left wheel assembly is messed up. Does anyone here know how much this would cost roughly. I know every place varies in price. Thanks

    Car is 05 chevy malibu
     
  2. TruClone

    TruClone Well-Known Member

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    You are ******!:jimlad:
     
  3. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    Yeah that sounds expensive. No jimlad.
     
  4. State43

    State43 Well-Known Member

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    It will cost what your deductable costs. Insurance my friend, that is why you have it.
     
  5. troyisu

    troyisu Member

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    Your car is going to be considered a total loss...if I were handling the claim. '05 Malibu is probably worth 5K or so and you'll have at least 3-4k in damage.

    I'd start looking around for another vehicle unfortunately...
     
  6. UNIGuy4Cy

    UNIGuy4Cy Well-Known Member

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    Yup
     
  7. JSmoove

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    This all the way. The damage to the steering geometry alone is enough to total the car. Not to mention new bumper, paint, and damage to your cooling system. New car time!
     
  8. CycloneErik

    CycloneErik Well-Known Member

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    I believe you'll be shopping.
     
  9. djcubby

    djcubby Well-Known Member

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    This probably isn't too far off. Body damage is not cheap to fix, let alone if there are any structural issues with your front suspension.
     
  10. stormchaser2014

    stormchaser2014 Well-Known Member

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    Well at least it's Thanksgiving week/end, so I will only have to get a ride one day this week.

    Came home the same way and there was an accident at the exact same spot. There a was person pinned who was DOA. That was a little scary to think about what could've happened
     
  11. ISUAlum2002

    ISUAlum2002 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like at least a few thousand dollars in damage.
     
  12. Cyclonick182

    Cyclonick182 Well-Known Member

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    If you're a DIY kind of person or have friends who are, you may be able to put it back together for less (Assuming there isn't any frame damage) but otherwise put me in the crowd that says its time to start shopping.
     
  13. stormchaser2014

    stormchaser2014 Well-Known Member

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    $50 for radiator + $80 for fan assembly + $35 to get wheels balanced, duct tape for the bumper= $165
     
  14. jmn985

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    First question would be how many miles you got on it? What was the condition of the car before the accident? Third would be how long did you plan on keeping it? Are you gonna drive it til the wheels fall off, or try and sell it in the next 2 to 5 years. These were very common cars and part would be readily available from the bone yard to either fix it correctly or just throw some random colored bumper on there with some other used replacement parts.
     
  15. ISUAlum2002

    ISUAlum2002 Well-Known Member

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    Well, I didn't realize we weren't looking to estimate the cost of repairing back to pre-wreck condition. In that case, yes, you can probably get it done for a few hundred.
     
  16. stormchaser2014

    stormchaser2014 Well-Known Member

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    Oh, sorry If I confused you. I didn't think I could do the job myself but I can. It will look "pre-wreck" condition when I get it done.
     
  17. kilgore_trout

    kilgore_trout Well-Known Member

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    LOL. That is the Wisconsin way!

     
  18. stormchaser2014

    stormchaser2014 Well-Known Member

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    Damn straight. And my car is silver too so it works out even better!!
     

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