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by Kris Reid  May 2, 2010 4:33 am

A friend of mine wrecked her car. Not serious, she hydroplaned at about 50 MPH. The right rear end hit a concrete barrier. smashed the rear panel good, right rear door wouldn’t close afterwards, knocked the back bumper off. The car is being repaired (full coverage ins.). Most of her friends and even one mech. (not involved) has told her to sell it right after it is fixed because it will never really be safe again. Looking for some opinions on the safety of repaired vehicles. Websites and aritcles would be helpful to. I have my own opinion but need more. The car was a 1995 Nissan sentra. 4 door aprox. 40’000 miles. Bought new in 95. Ran fine before no previous wrecks.
Opinions like, if this part or that part had to be replaced/notreplaced, then, yes/no would be great. She is worried it won’t be safe afterwards.

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3 Comments

  1. by hemi426mopar May 2, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Take it and have the whole frame checked to be sure it’s completely straight,if not i say scrap it after takeing parts off such as battery,alternator,steering colum,and so on,then sell the pecies on the bay or in the paper.

  2. by Paul May 2, 2010 at 5:20 am

    If it’s being repaired by a licensed body shop, she has nothing to worry about. They CERTAINLY are not going to release an unsafe car and risk the major lawsuit that would result.

    It is correct that a repaired car is never the same as new, and there may be problems with wheel alignment or rattles, but safety is not an issue.

  3. by UCANTCME May 2, 2010 at 5:47 am

    IT WILL BE A SAFE AS THE THE SHOP THAT IS DOING THE WORK.

    REMEMBER THAT IF SHE DECIDES TO SELL IT AFTER IT HAS BEEN FIXED SHE WILL HAVE TO DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION.

    IF THE DAMAGES ARE A LOT SHE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SELL THE VEHICLE FOR THE ACTUAL VALUE OF THE VEHICLE.

    SHE WILL HAVE TO ASK THE INSURANCE COMPANY FOR DISMISSED VALUE FOR THE VEHICLE.

    THIS WAY THE MONEY THAT SHE WILL LOOSE IF SHE SELLS IT WILL COVER IT.

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