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All, I'm on the verge of doing something stupid.


This was over a month ago. Almost $11,000 later, I have it back. Frame horns welded on, fenders and hood, radiator and trans cooler all replaced, along with radiator shroud and all the supports. Aftermarket, of course. The aftermarket headlights are garbage. Steering wheel and airbag replaced. There's now a mechanical noise/feeling in the wheel when giving it lock from either direction.

It's a 16 with a hair over 7200 miles on it. Less than a year of ownership. I love it, and wanted to keep it until the wheels fall off... But having to live with the repairs pisses me off. Part of me is willingness ng to stomach the ridiculous loss and trade out of her, part of me doesn't. I understand that this happens every day, but it's different when it finally happens to you. I need someone to tell me I'm being a total wuss.

Anyone out there with comparable or worse damage on a new one and kept it?
 

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Sorry to hear that but why are there any NON factory parts put on a new truck? I'd hammer them until it operates as it did before the crash.

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Seems to be absolutely common place to use the lovely CAPA aftermarket parts, even on "new" vehicles. The driver who pulled in front me was, of course, not covered to drive his mother's vehicle, so I'm out my deductible as well. The frame work appears to be pretty good, I just hate seeing some aftermarket parts in the engine bay.
I'll be requesting that the shop take another look at the airbag/steering column, and I think I'm going to demand Oem lights instead of these current ones.
 

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All, I'm on the verge of doing something stupid.


This was over a month ago. Almost $11,000 later, I have it back. Frame horns welded on, fenders and hood, radiator and trans cooler all replaced, along with radiator shroud and all the supports. Aftermarket, of course. The aftermarket headlights are garbage. Steering wheel and airbag replaced. There's now a mechanical noise/feeling in the wheel when giving it lock from either direction.

It's a 16 with a hair over 7200 miles on it. Less than a year of ownership. I love it, and wanted to keep it until the wheels fall off... But having to live with the repairs pisses me off. Part of me is willingness ng to stomach the ridiculous loss and trade out of her, part of me doesn't. I understand that this happens every day, but it's different when it finally happens to you. I need someone to tell me I'm being a total wuss.

Anyone out there with comparable or worse damage on a new one and kept it?
I'm suspecting clock spring noise when you turn your steering wheel. I would surely make they fix that with new parts. How much of that $11,000 was labor? I'm sure that aftermarket parts are less expensive than OEM. When I had a deer collision in 2012, I did my own repairs except the painting of the upper bumper valence. I spent $2200 on OEM parts from the dealer. I had a few hundred dollars left from what the insurer paid me that went toward a new fiberglass tonneau cover. I would not be happy with lower quality aftermarket parts either. I figure that a collision shop would likely use aftermarket parts to increase their profit at my expense. Lucky for me my airbag did not deploy.
 

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I had an aftermarket hood put on, after a branch fell on it, and it fit perfect but I suspect it also has to do with the body shop I used too.

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I've had my '06 Pathy fixed three different times due to deer running into it. I always made sure to tell the body shop that I want genuine Nissan parts used. Nissan parts dept. have a price match program with the body shops, so it's usually not an issue.
 
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The labor was surprisingly low. The OEM big hitters: Airbag @ $894, diagnostics unit @ $506, grille @ $338, headlight switch stalk @ $277, radiator support @ $559. The most expensive aftermarket parts were: CAPA bumper cover @ $328, CAPA headlights @ $196 EA, trans cooler @ $196, radiator @ $165.
Overall parts cost was $6,384, with an additional $2600 in labor. A few other doodads ran it up to $9556 (I was off, closer to $10k).

I'm going to hold ont it, as I just can't swallow losing THAT much money. It drives just fine, as the frame wasn't bent outside of the horns (and they weren't bad). Aftermarket parts are common place, and I pray that Nissan won't dick me should I run into any engine/tranny problems within the warranty period (unless they magically tie problems back to the accident...). I am incredibly OCD about my vehicles, so we'll see how long I can hold the mind at bay.
 

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Seems to be absolutely common place to use the lovely CAPA aftermarket parts, even on "new" vehicles. The driver who pulled in front me was, of course, not covered to drive his mother's vehicle, so I'm out my deductible as well. The frame work appears to be pretty good, I just hate seeing some aftermarket parts in the engine bay.
I'll be requesting that the shop take another look at the airbag/steering column, and I think I'm going to demand Oem lights instead of these current ones.
So why is the "mother" not being pursued for damages? She is still liable regardless if she loaned it out to someone not on her policy.
 

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In the hands of Geico. If they collect (which they won't), I'll get my deductible back.
 

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My State Farm full coverage policy clearly states that aftermarket parts are acceptable replacements.
 

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... Sorry to hear that but why are there any NON factory parts put on a new truck?
You can hammer all you want but non factory parts are the norm and the insurance companies are all for it, like generic prescription drugs over name brand...
 

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You can hammer all you want but non factory parts are the norm and the insurance companies are all for it, like generic prescription drugs over name brand...
That's why I don't get insurance from any of the cut rate companies. The savings on the commercials have to come from somewhere and I'm not going to accept that as normal. My wife was hit by one of those customers and they were trying to put crap parts on a 5 month old Rogue so my carrier put all genuine parts on under my collision and then went after them to be paid in full and return my deductible. My initial contact was directly to other cars company and not involve mine, a big no no as they were trying to strong arm me.
You all may do as you wish but absolutely no geico, progressive, or any company who does tons of tv or email ads.

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Geico definitely requires aftermarket parts. The shops I deal with say they have to put the parts on, have the adjuster see how poorly they fit and then geico will pay for OEM. It takes longer to get done but it's possible to have OEM parts paid for. I was lucky that my aftermarket hood fit as well as it did, even the body shop was surprised that they didn't have to work that hard to fit it, but I paid out of pocket to not have it all bondo, I saved a few hundred bucks and I'm happy with it.


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Those wonderful aftermarket metal body parts rust far faster than factory ones. Everything comes at a cost so if that's the case then leasing is your best option so the vehicle is gone before it's a problem.

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Been there brother!

I too had a bit of a front end issue...I hit a big buck doing 95 kph. It took $17000 worth of repairs and a month of time in the shop but she is back and better than ever. Truthfully if it didn't impact the frame or engine and they used Nissan parts to fix it is as good as new. The second pic is after repair....badder than ever :)




 

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Headlight switch stalk $300? No. That's wrong. Way wrong. I upgraded my truck with the factory fog light kit, which came with the headlight stalk, needed for the fog light switch. Separately, it was a $70 part. Included in the fog light kit, it was $295. Oh, that's Canadian dollars, too.

Sounds like they're ****ing with the prices of things....
 

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That's why I don't get insurance from any of the cut rate companies...
You are right the saving do have to come from somewhere...

I've been with FB for a long time. Before that was Nationwide they took good care of us when the wife was T boned...

I too had a bit of a front end issue...
Is that bed-liner all the way around? I like it, looks great...
 

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People just need to read their policies and understand the coverage. I have Nationwide and they default to aftermarket parts when quoting, but it is not that hard to modify the coverage for a nominal cost to have OEM parts used for repair.
 
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