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Old 09-03-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: La Jolla, CA
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Passenger door won't open because there *is* damage there, you just can't see it. Everything forward of the cowl is shifted right, so the right front fender is probably jammed backward so that the door can't swing out.

Airbag lights are probably on because one of the seat belts popped. Are you sure one of the side airbags didn't come out?

The big problem I see is that the wheel took a hit, which pretty much assures that the strut tower is out of alignment and the left front frame rail got pulled in. I'm "guessing" from the picture and a whole bunch of assumptions, that it's totaled.
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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You seem very knowledgeable and I would like to ask you advice. I was in an accident, hit from behind. The at fault party's insurance wants to total out the car, leaving us with no car. They will not allow us to get our own estimate either. They will only use their estimate. We are willing to for go the paint job. We just want the brake light and some of the body work done. They will not work with us. They told us our only options are to total the car out and the money will be sent to our finance company and they will give us any portions that exceeds the amount owed on the car, or to for go the claim, canceling out any payment we would get. We live in GA, and I don't understand how they can total out my car when it's still able to be driven, and they are not giving us an opportunity to use our own shop at a lower estimate. They will not even negotiate a lower cost on their end. Our car is a 2002 Mercedes S430 and it is/was in very good shape. It was the other driver's fault and we are the one's having to suffer. (I did post this on a different feed too)
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:58 PM
 
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this is over 3 years old...
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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You seem very knowledgeable and I would like to ask you advice. I was in an accident, hit from behind. The at fault party's insurance wants to total out the car, leaving us with no car. They will not allow us to get our own estimate either. They will only use their estimate. We are willing to for go the paint job. We just want the brake light and some of the body work done. They will not work with us. They told us our only options are to total the car out and the money will be sent to our finance company and they will give us any portions that exceeds the amount owed on the car, or to for go the claim, canceling out any payment we would get. We live in GA, and I don't understand how they can total out my car when it's still able to be driven, and they are not giving us an opportunity to use our own shop at a lower estimate. They will not even negotiate a lower cost on their end. Our car is a 2002 Mercedes S430 and it is/was in very good shape. It was the other driver's fault and we are the one's having to suffer. (I did post this on a different feed too)
What does YOUR insurance company say?
Let them negotiate with the at fault driver's insurance company. That's what you pay them to do.
Don't let them bully you around. You can give them any estimate from any body shop you choose.
Let your insurance company handle it.
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