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mwalsh
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:56 am

Completely and utterly totaled. No question about it. At all. Even a blind adjuster with no sense of touch would total out that one.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 73,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
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GT-R map lamp lenses.
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cossie1600
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:27 pm

Maybe I am naive, I just figure since the damage is all around the C pillar and trunk. I figure the damage would be 5-6K since I don't think any of the suspension pieces were touched, but then the C pillar and the rear unibody holds the mounting point. We shall see, they didn't work Friday. I have to wait till Monday to see what is going to happen.

I already bought another car, so I won't be buying another one. I just want to know how bad it is.

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mwalsh
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:53 pm

She gone. Time to acquaint yourself with the 4 stages of grief. I think you may well be in the denial stage right now.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 73,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

dm33
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Location: Raleigh, NC

Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:30 pm

cossie1600 wrote:Maybe I am naive, I just figure since the damage is all around the C pillar and trunk. I figure the damage would be 5-6K since I don't think any of the suspension pieces were touched, but then the C pillar and the rear unibody holds the mounting point. We shall see, they didn't work Friday. I have to wait till Monday to see what is going to happen.

I already bought another car, so I won't be buying another one. I just want to know how bad it is.

Here is another picture

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/686 ... 123730.png

No way is that 5k. Probably totaled. Today's cars are expensive crushable containers. I had a Toyota Sienna totaled for much less damage than that. It was closer to a fender bender. Could still even open and close the rear lift gate. I'd say closer to 15-20k. At the rate they devalue, and general worry about working on EVs, it's a goner.

cwerdna
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Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:57 pm

^^^
Agreed. Maybe a decade ago or or more, my dad hit some sort of fence gate on the side of the road that was open, he said, in our 93 Dodge Caravan.

IIRC, damage was basically, cracked windshield, bent rod antenna (on front fender), dent on A pillar (became rusty), broken grille, and scratches/scrapes all along the right side. I think the passenger's side mirror was broken off too. The estimate was over 4K. Pretty much the most significant part of the work (IIRC) was all the repainting on that side. All of that looked WAY more minor than what happened to the OP's car.

The car was considered totaled. Not sure if it was up to him or not. He was semi-thankful about that since the transmission was having trouble (it was the more reliable 3-speed auto, not the beleaguered 4-speed "Ultradrive").

If the car had no transmission problems and I were in his shoes, I would've just had the broken mirror and windshield fixed and done nothing else.

'13 Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
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kubel
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:50 pm

With the used LEAF market the way it is now, the damage likely exceeds the value of the car. Gap insurance will cover you (comes free with all NMAC leases), but you'll be out whatever your down payment was, divided by the total length of the lease in months, minus the completed months. That's why it's always a safe bet to put as little down as possible on a lease.
2012 Nissan LEAF SV
20% degradation in 42k miles
Leased 5-17-2012, Returned 1-15-2016


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cossie1600
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:54 pm

The blackbook value for the car is around 11K, so the damage just has to exceed about 7K to be totalled. I just hope they pay for the September payment I made one day before the accident and the tires I bought last month!!!

cwerdna
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:45 pm

cossie1600 wrote:The blackbook value for the car is around 11K,

I looked back at your old posts and it looks like you have a '13 S w/quick charge. There's no way it's worth $11K in California.

My '13 SV w/premium package (but no CHAdeMO inlet) and under 24K miles was $9,325 + tax and license (viewtopic.php?p=430825#p430825) and picked up at auction from the used car dealer for $8K + $325 auction fee.

The situation did change recently: viewtopic.php?p=435924#p435924.

My former '13 SV w/both packages recently sold at auction for $11K (probably with auction fees). NMAC told me around $10.6K, which is probably before auction fees.

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cossie1600
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:22 am

Insurance pays close to retail price, they can't pay auction price as I can't buy it at that price.

I don't care if it gets totalled, but I do want my $250 in lease payment that i made one day before it got totalled!!! Also the new tires I put in last month

cossie1600
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Re: Bodywork on the Leaf, expensive or cheap?

Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:32 pm

Car is a goner, 13K in damage, worth 11K (I think it is closer to 12K, the SV are closer to 10-11K)

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