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    Totaled

    Was driving downtown, two way street. Just made a (wide) right turn and a guy in a Mini-Cooper threw his door open.

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    Insurance told me there might be "hidden" damage. Yeah, the pillar was punched in but it isn't hidden.

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    The only hidden damage is the lock on the slider won't unlock with the FOB or door switch.
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    Dang!!!
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    FWIW -

    I was downtown this afternoon and stopped off at the coffee house.

    The corner where the incident occurred was just a few doors down so I walked around the corner to get the lay of the land, so to speak. It's weird how you can be at the same location once or twice a week and not notice things.

    The other guy was parked where the silver SUV is parked....

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    I didn't have my tape measure, but I had an large envelope from the post office with me.

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    The envelope measures 15"....

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    At the time of the incident, while the other guy was on the phone trying to get the cops to come take a report and establish fault (the police weren't going to do either), I sat on the curb in front of his car and looked to see how far off the curb he was parked. Unfortunately, I didn't have my phone at the time (note to self: never leave home without it).

    I took notice that I could see asphalt (6"-12") between the edge of concrete gutter and his rear tire.

    CA Vehicle Code:

    Vehicle Code - VEH


    DIVISION 11. RULES OF THE ROAD [21000 - 23336]

    ( Division 11 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

    CHAPTER 9. Stopping, Standing, and Parking [22500 - 22526]

    ( Chapter 9 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

    22502.

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway with adjacent curbs or class IV bikeways, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel to, and within 18 inches of, the right-hand curb or the right-hand edge of the class IV bikeway, except that a motorcycle shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb or edge. If no curbs, barriers, or class IV bikeways bound a two-way roadway, right-hand parallel parking is required unless otherwise indicated.


    I told my insurance company of my observation (without the benefit of the envelope measurement). I have forwarded the photos here to their claims department. If they can collect from the other guy's insurance, I'll get my $500 deductible back (on top of the total loss check). They get their payout to me returned (and more?). somehow I still feel like I'm getting calloused ankles...
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    what about the law prohibiting exiting a parked vehicle from the driver side....it does keep the driver from getting hit.
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    I believe in Florida it is illegal to open a vehicle door into oncoming traffic.
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    With no picture the distance from curb will be hard to argue. Just leave it to the insurance companies to fight over as they will not take your advice anyway. They will take your statement and you can tell them but after that it is up to them. Depending on the damage they may fix the door or they may replace it. It is cheaper to get a complete door than it is to rebuild one if there is inside damage.
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    It really pisses me off that it only took that much to total your car. They aren't body shops anymore, they are sheet metal replacement specialists.
    My dad was a body man in the late 40's early 50's. I watched him cut 2 different wrecks in two to build one of our family cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Britton View Post
    It really pisses me off that it only took that much to total your car. They aren't body shops anymore, they are sheet metal replacement specialists.
    My dad was a body man in the late 40's early 50's. I watched him cut 2 different wrecks in two to build one of our family cars.
    The problem is the labor cost can run past the vehicle value pretty fast these days. Probably even more so in California. Florida has a law that if the damage is 80% or more of the vehicle value it can not be repaired or re-titled. The reason for that law was to stop the repair and reselling of flood cars.

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    Sucks! But they will total a vehicle faster then you can blink your eye! Buy it back and fix yourself! You have the skills! Post plenty of pictures!

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    I don't know if it's any consolation but my insurance isn't faulting me for the collision.

    The weird thing is if I scrap the vehicle, they'll pay out ~$3500; if I decide to keep it, they'll pay out ~$2600, I have to have it safety inspected and titled as a salvage in order to get it insured again. I have time to decide.

    I found out a few days ago, they've already put a check in the mail for the lesser amount. They also told me to claim the tires and the cost of parts for the transmission rebuild I did 30k miles ago.

    I guess I have some options:

    1. Get rid of it and pocket the cash.

    2. Do nothing, drive it and pocket some cash.

    3. Buy a couple of doors, swap them in and get them repainted.

    Oh yeah, the Mini-Cooper's is totally trashed. You know that crunchy sound when bent panels hinge against each other? Yeah, that sound. And numerous, really loud BANGS it takes to get the door to latch? That sound too. Serious door jamb and hinge bendage.
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