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Long story, but it happened about 2 weeks ago. I was holding out from telling you guys until I got a more definitive answer from the body repair shop. My wife was on her way to work and was involved in an accident in the Armada. (only 150 miles on it. :( )

She was in a parking garage at Caesar's Palace getting ready to park. As she was approaching the top level entrance, she was coming around a corner and a car was coming the opposite direction in her lane of travel. (He was cutting a corner.) She swerved to hit him and went toe to toe with a light pole that has a cement base; the pole won. Luckily, she was not seriously injured and only had a few bruises from her knees hitting the dashboard. (Had her seat belt on too.) Since it is private property, the police won't investigate the other car and look into it and they said if it would have happened like that on public roads, my wife would have been cited at fault since the other vehicle did not come into contact with her. (What a crock.) Our insurance company interviewed her and said they won't consider the accident my wife's fault, but we still have to make a collision claim on our policy since ass in the other car left the scene. I guess they use a point system based on collision claims and its rated from 1 to 4, with 4 being the worse like a DUI. Since it goes down as a non-fault claim, its a 1 pointer against her insurance policy.

I don't have pics yet, but she impacted the front right headlight area at a speed no more than 15 mph. No air bags went off either. Here's the stickler. She impacted directly on the right frame rail that runs the length of the vehicle. It pushed the rail back a few inches, amongst other things that were damaged as well, and diamonded the frame (Went from looking like this: |=|, to: /=/). The whole front end is being replaced, and the FRAME is too.

They contacted Nissan and they got them to pull a frame off the assembly line in Canton, Ohio and it arrived today. The swap of everything starts tomorrow. The good points of the scenario is that 1) the frame is not being straightened, its brand new and 2) there is no body repair involved. (i.e.; only replacement of parts like the hood, and fenders.) The bad points is 1) The paint is still an X factor as to how well it is painted, and 2) all those things they can leave loose or install improperly from the frame swap. My insurance company, USAA, referred me to these guys because if I went through them, the repair is warranted for life. If anything goes wrong, I go through them (USAA) and they will resolve the issue. The repair shop Toyota certified and they are all ASE certified in body repair. Total repair ESTIMATE: $14,000. I can't believe they are not totaling it, but then again, its worth $45K brand new. I don't have a choice in the matter as to whether or not they total it, because I would rather they did and not mess with it. Believe me, I already tried that route.

Sorry I vented so long. Just needed to get it out. The guy handling our case at the body shop will have a CD full of images from beginning to end, so hopefully you all will see what the truck looks like with just wheels and a frame. I guess that's the only funny I can make about the situation so far...more to come....

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Dam,,, but atleast no one was hurt, physically. Only 150 miles,,, dam!
I know...at first I was mad...but after I thought about it, at least she's not hurt. Cars can be replaced...people cant.
 

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Similar story with my parents and their 2005 Nissan Quest - few miles on it and mom rear-ended someone. Extensive repairs by Nissan (via USAA).

Vehicle came out looking good, but required 3 or 4 follow up trips to get some of the minor issues ironed out - wind noise around driver's door, poor fit on some interior trim, one of the horns not connected, etc etc.

Glad your wife is OK. Just be a stickler for the details on the truck when you get it back.
 

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"She swerved to hit him and went toe to toe with a light pole that has a cement base; the pole won. "


Well, at least she had the right intentions, too bad she missed when she swerved to hit him! I'm just happy to hear an Armada fits inside a parking garage. We don't have ours yet and by my estimates it will fit inside my garage door by about two inches, more if I flatten the tires.

Too bad about your ride. When you pick it up, just pretend its the first day all over again, you've never seen this vehicle before in your life. Actually, all things considered, you're at an advantage quality wise. These guys are hand building your car, like a Ferrari, whereas the rest of us have trucks that were formed by half drunk Mississippi assembly line workers bored to tears by their monotonous job.
 

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Glad to hear everyone is OK. Too bad can't sneak in some "upgrades" on the ole' insurance tab...I know that's fraudulant, but they should understand for pain and suffering (from being away from your ride)... :damn:

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Wow

Man, that's crazy! I have never heard of a body shop rebuilding a vehicle like that!

It will be interesting to see the pictures- that sure does suck that she wrecked a brand new vehicle, but hey- at least she's alright and that's all that matters.

Keep us posted on the progress.
 

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That sucks!! Sorry to hear about the truck, but glad to hear everyone is alright. My wife had some jack ass run into her last week, we had about 4K miles on our 04' SE. He T-boned her from a stop sign, she was 3/4 of the way through the stop sign and he ran it. He was going about 20 and she was at about 15, smashed into the drivers side between the front and rear doors. Both my kids (1 and 3 year olds) were in the back. It smashed both doors, and pushed in the door fram in the middle about 6 inches. Brought it to the shop yesterday, and estimated about $7K in damage, plus going to take about 3 weeks to fix. I am only happy that everyone was OK, but still bummed the car is thrashed. We bought it about 4 months ago, and damn glad too. Thing is a TANK. She had a Saturn sedan before, so that would have been totaled.

We ended up getting an 05' Armada as a rental, just a few changes compared to the 04".

I'll post pics tomorrow.
 

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Madamadness, did the side airbags go off? Curious on how well they work.
 

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That is terrible. Thank God no serious injury. What an experience. It is good that the repairs are being handled in the most responsible way. Let us know if the end result turns out well.

BTW, the assembly plant is in Canton, Mississippi, not Ohio. I live about three hours from the plant. I have an adult daughter and son-in law in Madison, Mississippi, which is about 10 miles from the plant. When visiting, I see Nissans everywhere on the streets, lots of Armadas. The Nissan engineers and execs love them. I understand they have a plant tour. Next time I'm up that way, I'll check into it.

Best of luck with your repairs.
 

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No, which i thought was weird. It was an 04 ford Tauras that smacked her, so i guess because it was too low. Thats what the body shop is telling me. I can't believe it smashed in as much as it did. 3-4 weeks without our truck, sucks. At least i can check out the 05. Its a 4x4, our SE is on 2, so i may take it out in the mud!
 

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I'm glad your wife is OK. I used to work in the insurance industry and as far as fault is concerned here is a simple rule to remember. Let the oncomer hit you. Never swerve. I know its instictual to try and avoid it but from an insurance point of view, if you choose to avoid the accident and then cause damage to your vehicle its your fault. We must remain in control of our vehicles at all times, thats the bottom line as far as insurance companies are concerned.

Sounds like your insurance company is giving you a break as far as assigning fault, which is great for you.

Best of luck with your clam and don't sign anything to close the claim until you are happy with the outcome.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I wont sign until it is to my satifaction, but I'm sure there are things that will be wrong with it, like small things. I dont see how they can do this job and not mess something up...
 

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Little update peoples....

After ALL THIS TIME....I was called today to pick the vehicle up sometime this afternoon. The Mada was checked out by a Nissan dealer and supposedly passed all checks. I stopped by yesterday to see it and it looks good so far. I saw the old frame and...wow. Bent all to hell. Future advice for you; don't let your wife run into a concrete pillar support for a light pole. Instead, let her hit the guy that was at fault. Either way, it will do less damage to the frame. I'll try to take a picture of the frame. IT'S HUGE! Also, more pics of the wreck when I get the CD. More to come...
 

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Sucks. Next time tell her to take out the car, not the pole.
 

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Sorry to hear that. I live in LV as well. People come here from all over the world; therefore making this great town one of the worst places to drive. :(
 

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Sorry to hear that. I live in LV as well. People come here from all over the world; therefore making this great town one of the worst places to drive. :(
NO JOKE! I am from Las Vegas, and just recently went home to visit family and friends. It had been about 2 years since my last visit. I was SHOCKED at how much traffic there is now. It is not just the fact that there are too many cars with too many bad drivers, but also that people walking around think they have a bumper on their ass. We were away from the strip, and still, people were aimlessly crossing the street when the cars had the green light. LV has changed quite a bit. The only thing that it still has going for it is that the home prices are still affordable. Out here in CA.... fugehtaboutit! :eek:
 
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