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  1. 2019 Silverado WT double cab, 4 wheel drive. 10,000 miles. well, what a crappy week. Got rear ended by a vehicle while I was sitting at a red light. 35-40mph impact to my rear hitch and bumper. Totally not my fault, the entire wreck was captured on my dash cam, and all costs listed below are being paid by the other person’s insurance company. And yes, I could see the guy typing on his cell phone with my rear dashcam moments before he slammed into me at full speed. Me and my 10-year-old daughter were in the truck. And yes, we’re both medically fine so I got two estimates today from two different auto body repair companies. Damages… (wait for it) Tailgate has to be replaced, right and left rear bed quarter panels have to be repaired, new bumper, new hitch, and the worst part… when the hitch went forward it sheared the holes in the frame rails where it attaches with bolts to the frame. Basically the 3/4” holes in the frame rail that the hitch bolts go through, became 3 inch holes after being stretched and torn from the impact. Both auto body shops said the entire frame has to be replaced with another OEM frame. They said that they normally could put it on a frame straightener and straighten the frame out, but the shearing in the middle could not be repaired to a point that they could guarantee that the tow rating would remain the same as the engineers at GM designed this frame for. Also, I asked about sectional frame repair. They both told me that GM does not authorize sectional frame repair on these trucks Therefore, a complete new frame is needed. The estimate average between the two body shops was around $12,000. Both shops said it would probably be in the shop for at least two months. The cost of two months rental for a full-size equivalent pick up truck is $99 a day. About $6000 bucks total. (could be more if not finished on time.) diminished value… Online calculators give a total diminished value estimate around $3000 due to the loss of trade-in value because of the now marred Carfax wreck history. (i’ll have to probably beg, plead, and pray to Jesus, to get that money out of the car insurance company. I’ve done it before in past wrecks, but I’ve also been told to, “kick rocks“ before.) and yes before anyone says it, I know I could “lawyer up” to get that money. But I really want to try to do this the right way first. There’s too much unknown of what will come next. Not saying I’m against lawyering up, but I’d really rather not. basically it’s a $21,000 minimum cost to the guy’s insurance company to repair this (when you add up everything mentioned above). keep in mind, my truck only has a actual wholesale value of around $28-$30,000. is it totaled??? Per my state law, if damages exceed 75% of wholesale value, the vehicle is a total loss. However, I don’t know if they are calculating the rental fees, and the diminished value cost in that math. Maybe it’s just the actual body shop work/parts cost. I’m not sure. I would imagine that they would include The total cost to the insurance company, since the Insurance company would not have to pay this if they just totaled the vehicle outright. so I find out in the next couple days what the insurance company is going to decide to do. I really hope they total it and I’ll tell you why… We all know that this truck was built in the GM assembly plant, to exact torque specs, clearances, etc. And a lot of that work was done by robots, calibrated tools, etc. I am sure “Billy Bob“ the autobody mechanic is not going to be as precise. (No offense to Billy Bob) If the vehicle is not totaled, and it is completely disassembled and reassembled by auto body mechanics, I will be selling it the day I get it back repaired. I refuse to drive around a “science experiment“. I feel like it will just be problem after problem from that point on. Forgive me if I’m being dramatic, but I really don’t even wanna take the chance. And God only knows how the hell that would affect my original factory warranty. I can see Chevrolet refusing to do anything with it from that point on. I’ll basically have to be going back to the body shop for any further problems. Then the body shop will blame Chevrolet, and vice versa. What a nightmare. and forgive me for calling the autobody mechanic “Billy Bob“. I have a lot of respect for these guys, and it’s truly an art that takes absolute talent to do. But I think we all know that I’m not wrong in assuming that this truck will not be built back to the same perfection that it came out of the GM plant with. I appreciate any thoughts or insights anyone on here might have. And just a reminder, any solid impact to your hitch will absolutely destroy your entire frame. The guy who hit me was only going about 35 to 40 mph. not sure what’s gonna happen from this point on, but I will be sure to update this post in the next few days If you are a religious type, any prayers are appreciated.
  2. I was driving through a curve while looking at a bear out my driver side window at 5 mph. The road apparently straighten out but I didn’t. I drove 2 feet off the road and drove up onto an approximately 2 foot tall boulder.... There was a smaller rock directly in front of it to guide my tire up onto it. I immediately felt my front end lifting up and I turned toward the right while applying my brakes. My truck came off the boulder and I “high centered” it on my driver side rocker panel and driver side door. Anyone have experience taking this in for repairs through insurance? The rocker panel is part of the 1 piece cab. Will they need to replace the whole cab, or are there parts they can weld in? What is the damage $? I plan on taking it to my dealership as they have a body shop. I guess I am afraid it may be totaled if it requires a whole cab replacement...
  3. 2014 WT, Ecotec 4.3L V6. Rarely gets used. Bought new. First time they chewed through the injector harness. This time it is the wiring that goes to engine cooling fan and the alternator. Trying to do repairs and came upon this in the attached picture. It was wrapped in the tape of the harness and is something OEM. There are two wires (black with white stripe going in on one side and two smaller gauge wires coming out of the other. In between, there is the black plastic tube filled with a rigid white plastic. I don't know what is in the tube. The wires end up going to the ECM near the front driver side of the engine compartment. The black plastic tube has letters "FL-0" on it. Does anyone know what this is or what the wires control. Is it a fusible link maybe. The issue that is making repair difficult is that the wires that have been chewed through only have about 1/8th of an inch exposed before it goes into the white plastic making soldering or crimping impossible. I could try and trim away some of the plastic and expose more wire but if there is some component in the plastic it could be damaged. If nothing is in there i could cut the entire thing away and solder new wires. Any ideas?
  4. Greetings all, Just looking, hoping for advice on my truck from anyone who has been through a rear end collision with substantial damage before. I was stopped with my foot on the brake waiting for a light. The other driver never braked and hit by their own admission doing about 35 MPH. Her Subaru was demolished in front. My truck has substantial damage underneath. Bent lief springs, tow receiver is totally bent and pointing straight down, bent shock, spare tire is shoved over top of differential and not to mention obvious body damage. I just have really loved this truck and I am worried it wont ever drive the same if they do put it back together. What do you guys think? Should I push for it to get totaled? Should I/would you get a lawyer? Thanks for any/all advice!!
  5. Long story short I was looking for a used 2010-2012 Sierra or Silverado with the 6.2L and a few options. Ended up finding a dealership who had some hail damaged trucks with blow out prices. So after a two weeks of emails with the salesmen there I made the 900 mile drive to Nebraska from Alabama. I ended up purchasing a brand new 2014 Silverado Double Cab LTZ 4x4 from Sid Dillon Chevrolet in Blair, Nebraska on November 8th 2014. The trucks sticker price was $48,625 I walked out of the dealership paying $28,000 for a brand new heavily optioned LTZ. The only options I do not have are the sunroof, navigation, max trailer and some of the special features exclusive to the high country. Currently she is sitting at 4,573 miles not a single complaint nor do I think I ever will have one. But the time has come to make her my own! Hope you all enjoy the build thread!!! Build List: Fix Hail Damage PDR as much as possible Bondo (unfortunately this may be a possibility) Paint Line-X Platinum Color Matched body Black roof Black bed Color matched parts Front & Rear Bumper Fender Flares Door Handles Mirror Caps Lip on wheels Black painted parts Grill bezel Headlight bezel Lug nuts Wheel bolts (the bolts on the lip of the wheel) Emblems BDS 6" Lift Fox Coilovers Fox 2.0 Shocks Black Shock Boots Rear Leaf Springs Method Race Wheels "The Standard" 20x10 4.5"BS/-24 Offset Toyo Tires R/T 35x13.5r20 May have to change tires as Toyo is on a nationwide back order Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares Color matched
  6. Saturday 1/25/2014 visit dealership with my wife and she picks out a Victory Red 2014 Silverado DBL cab. She's not a big fan of the buying/negotiate side so I tell salesman I will be back down Monday morning to purchase. We are both very excited knowing we will be adding a new truck to the stable on Monday. Felt that negotiations/deal went fairly well as I was trading two vehicles for the truck. 2013 Chevy Camaro that had just under 8K on it for miles and was under cover in my garage (never been in rain let alone salt) Purchased it on July 2, 2012. This vehicle was taken straight from my house and put on show room floor it looked that good. 2012 Chevy Sonic that had 16K on it when traded and was in mint condition also. This vehicle was sold by the dealership on Wed. 1/29/2014. Finished up all the paper work at about 2:00 p.m. Monday but truck was not done in the prep area yet so salesman suggested they would drop off our new truck Monday evening and also pick up both our trades. While I was at work Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. they bring truck to our house to meet with my wife and take the trades. They inform my wife that they scratched it during washing and put a 3" deep jagged scratch in middle of door all the to the bare metal.
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