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Wednesday's are usually easier than this, but today's been a day to say the least. Got stopped in a random bunch of traffic this morning forced to go from about 60 to stopped pretty quickly. Unfortunately, the guy behind me wasn't quite as aware, and apparently following a little too closely. He slammed on the brakes much less successfully ramming into my 10 day old 2009 Scion xB. :sick:

The good news - I'm only slightly sore. The less good news is that the car actually held up pretty well. The rear bumper buckled as I expect was intended and at this point it appears that there is only very minor frame damage. The rear hatch is scratched up a little from the bumper compressing and "popping" on top of the hatch, thus scratching the paint, and it appears that the stock muffler may have been damaged at the tip from either the other car or the bumper expanding. The car was safe to drive and handled as new. All in all not too bad considering that it was hit, while stopped, by another vehicle driving 30 - 35MPH.

Couple of perhaps funny things... The 18 year old college student that rear ended me in his roughly 10 year old green Acura Integra came out of his car saying "I can't believe this happened, again!" I about died. His car was slightly more damaged - to be expected maybe - and he left the scene, unhurt, in a tow-truck with his car leaking a significant amount of various fluids.

So the box is at the shop and they expect it to take a couple of weeks for repair. I'm insured, the kid's insured, and other then the small bit of whiplash discomfort not too bad an end for a Wednesday. And heck, two weeks, I should get it back about the time the first payment is due.

Hope everyone else had a much better day!

Michael


From this driver's side angle, it doesn't look so bad. At this point (at the body-shop), I've pushed the bumper back towards the car and down so that I could open the hatch. All in all, I think it fared very well.


Another driver's side image showing the separation between bumper and frame - all in all not too bad. I suspect, if you've taken the bumper off for modifications you've seen these hooks and connections.


Another driver's side view.


From directly on the back. In this image you can see the impression marks from the Acura Integra on the bumper. The two round spots are actually protruding from the bumper and mirror the headlights on the driver's side of the Integra. Other driver tried to swerve - likely reducing the amount of damage caused to my vehicle.


There was a small amount of damage to the chrome muffler tip. This part was simply replaced.


From the passenger side, rear, this image shows the point of impact and the bulging of the bumper. At the first part of the accident it was significantly higher, but stayed when I pushed it down.



Another couple images from the passenger side rear.


After removing the bumper the damage to the muffler is more noticeable. It is uncertain if this was caused by the bumper or the other vehicle or both.


This is the foam that was replaced from behind the bumper. The invoice calls it an "energy absorber" and I would have to agree.


The car without the bumper attached. No other significant damage.


In order to open the rear hatch it was necessary to push down on the bumper. The accident caused a small abrasion on the driver's side of the hatch. This abrasion was buffed out and did not require a full paint of the rear hatch.

Total cost for repairs, $1001.84.
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

Now . . . that SUCKS!

Glad it held up well and hope it gets fixed quick.
 
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Hope your not to sore the next coming days. Glad things worked out as well as they could in that situation.
 

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The kid's coment (again!) warrants a swift kick in the taint. Very sorry to hear that this hapened to you, man. Accidents always suck, but when you're still basking in the glow and that new car smell, it's just a heartbreaker. Nobody needs a crunched bumper or fender before they've even gotten a rock chip in the front bumper or a shopping cart door ding.

Here's hoping that's your last incident in this vehicle and the coming years will be far more enjoyable.
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

Ouch! Thankfully he had insurance. You may find yourself getting sore after as much as a week. Glad to hear you were not hurt to awfully bad, though.

You'd think after once he would be a little more careful. I guess some people need multiple reminders to

PAY ATTENTION!
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

can we see some pics please? I would like to see how it took the crash.
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

First, thank you everyone for the well wishes. I'm more sore today - as expected, but that's not the worst part. I have to say the worst was my three and four year old daughters who don't understand why we're leaving our new car somewhere for a few weeks (they still don't have a complete grasp on timeframe). They cried for the car leaving - so I guess I can now say someone shed some tears over this.

I'll talk with the auto-body guys and see if I can't get some pictures up here.

Thanks,

Michael
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

Dang, that sucks! Glad you are ok and the xB too for the most part. I hope his insurance skyrockets!! :mad:
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

I'm sure were all grown adults here but I'm going to say it anyways. Make sure you go to a doctor tomorrow regardless. I'm not saying make a huge medical claim but the other guys insurance will at least cover the exam. Do not sign anything from his insurance until your back doesn't hurt anymore. Glad you were not more seriously injured. Take care out there all.
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

Wow... that sucks.
Glad you're okay.
If it makes you feel any better, my first payment wasn't due until I had the car for like 7 full weeks (that was through Toyota Financial).
At least you'll have your car when you send in that payment.
 

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Re: Safer than I would have thought... My 10 day old 2009 gets read-ended

Rear ending is one of my greatest fears. And tailgating sucks. :( How DID you keep from popping the kid one??? I'm with WhiteNoise, go to the doctor.

Also, try the "Sweeties, the car has a booboo and has to go get a bandaid from the car doctor and he is a very busy car doctor and he is looking for special bandaids for our special car and you wouldn't want the car to come home until it was all better would you?" AT 3 and 4, 5 minutes or 5 weeks is pretty much all the same. LOL This is also your chance to teach them about days of the week. And about how many days until.....let them mark off another day on the calendar until the car comes home. Just a thought to ease the pain.... from a grandmother.
 

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Hahahaha... I was definitely thinking about popping the kid one. His comment about not being able to believe it happened again and then saying his father wanted to take care of it without going through insurance in the next breath is what convinced me to call the Highway Patrol and make a report. Whether it's fair or not, I believe that someone should have to pay for inattentive behavior.

Fortunately for me Chris we were able to rent a PT convertible which is a tad bit better for my girls then even a shiny new xB. Sigh.

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Just wanted to thank everyone again for their well wishes and support. The great news is that my xB is back outside (waiting to be washed.) The damage was less than initially thought, and ended up with a buff, paint, and new rear bumper. Everything else faired very well. 10 days, $1000 and I'm back in business.

I added pictures to the original post.

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Very nice but how is your back? Wouldn't it be nice if they could fix your back that easily? We need to have energy absorber in our backs. Glad your up and running again and I hope you've learned your lesson........do NOT drive in front of 18 year old college students! LOL
 

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Back seems to be fine - still some residual discomfort at the end of the day, but all in all not too bad. I think that wearing my seatbelt and having the headrest properly adjusted was a big help. Hearing the skid and tensing up probably did something for me, too. Who knows. Maybe I'm just a tough old codger in a younger persons car.

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I think if we could learn to stay loose in an accident (like drunks do) then we probably wouldn't get hurt. Seems like the drunks never do. Ever notice that? Everyone gets injured but the drunk driver.
 

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I am so nervous about this it almost happened to me too, I shudder to think how my little xB would have faired against a 1/2 ton Chebby truck that locked the brakes up behind me a few weeks ago . I am very attached to my xB ! I watch ahead and behind and try and always have an out. Today I was less than 5 miles from the house and an old couple got close a few times to many so I let them pass and get in front. I hope you come out of this well and your car gets fixed better than new.
 

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I'll say the same thing to you, Aljay, that I've told everyone that I've talked to in person about this - it's just a car. I enjoy mine, too, but at the end of the day they're making tens of thousands of them and I can always get another one. The only thing that matters is how you come out of the accident. Everything else is nearly irrelevant.

Michael
 
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