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Old 12-07-2012, 11:06 AM
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Glad you are OK. Nice dent! No shattered rear window though. Another reason to be glad we have rear windows which are not part of the rear hatch.

Incidentally Defensive Driving Course, which I had to take every 3 years for my job, taught us to stop no closer to the car in front of us than where we could see the bottom of the rear tires on the road. That saved me once, also in the prior century.
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Glad you are ok, Padgett! Hopefully, you will have no pain or stiffness in your neck/shoulder area. I got hit in my Boxster when stopped at a light 2-3 years ago by a Ford F350 truck. Luckily, it was a minor impact and I had slight shoulder pain which went away after a week or so. Hoping that the impact on your Jeep is also very minor.

You should definitely push for diminished value compensation.

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Incidentally Defensive Driving Course, which I had to take every 3 years for my job, taught us to stop no closer to the car in front of us than where we could see the bottom of the rear tires on the road. That saved me once, also in the prior century.
I did not know they taught this in the defensive driving course. Back when I was learning how to drive cars many many years ago (damn.. I feel old!), someone had told me about this and I follow it to this day. I hate it when the vehicle behind me does not keep the distance and creep up as I try to keep some distance between me and the vehicle behind. Also, having that extra room has helped me get out of the lane quickly when I needed to.

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makes me wonder if the other driver was texting etc...
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I did not know they taught this in the defensive driving course. Back when I was learning how to drive cars many many years ago (damn.. I feel old!), someone had told me about this and I follow it to this day. I hate it when the vehicle behind me does not keep the distance and creep up as I try to keep some distance between me and the vehicle behind. Also, having that extra room has helped me get out of the lane quickly when I needed to.

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I was last in line of stopped cars due to first car waiting to make left turn. I was the described distance behind car ahead. I saw the "hitter" come up in my rearview mirror and he was not slowing down. Told my wife to brace for impact as I tried to turn off to right. 45 mph impact sent us forward and we just tapped car in front of us. We had minor whiplash but were able to drive away due to distance from car in front of us. Hitter, who was vice-president of major luxury foreign car maker, was towed. His airbag did not deploy as his luxury company car went under my Taurus company car rear bumper.
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Glad your ok! Get that Jeep back to her natural grandeur.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:37 PM
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Incidentally Defensive Driving Course, which I had to take every 3 years for my job, taught us to stop no closer to the car in front of us than where we could see the bottom of the rear tires on the road.
That's what I do, too...
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Re: Adaptive Headrests

I may or may not have worked for the supplier that developed that adaptive head rest mechanism. There is a way to reset them, but in doing so, you will have to remove the leather trim portion - translation - have the dealership do it.

While your jeep is being repaired (at the dealership) ...

I would recommend that you pay very close to your seat back which is also designed to absorb the impact - and may be bent as a result. The repair would include a new seat if it is damaged.

Glad to hear that you are OK.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:12 PM
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Re: Adaptive Headrests

a) Looked under paying attention to where the receiver is bolted (four bolts on each side) and see no distortion at all.
b) Called dealer and found out he has no body shop, everything is farmed out. That was a surprise. Also body shop they recommend is not on Geico's "approved" list. Curiouser and curiouser.

Regardless am going to insist on repair with new parts and to factory specs. Good thing am not in any rush since have backups.
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Re: Adaptive Headrests

Hey, Sorry I'm a bit late with this post, but get them to check the seatbelt and recoil mechanism. The seatbelt is designed to stretch and sometimes needs to be replaced as well. Often during this type of crash, you don't realize how far you get pushed out of the seat. (I hope your feeling ok).
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:55 PM
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Re: Adaptive Headrests

Thanks for the note, do not feel like I moved in the seat at all (was pushing the brake so hard to keep from hitting the car in front (succeeded) harness may not even have been loaded).

Just got the police report and pretty open and shut, I was stopped and other driver was cited. Now I get to enjoy dealing with Insurance companies.

Did get to the dealer to have the headrests retracted and checked out on Saturday. Guy crawling under the back end for the estimate found no structural damage but are going to replace the receiver & needs lotsa plastic.

Now know to exact GPS second and four digits of acccuracy Lat/Lon of location (trooper's report has more) when it happened. Even can see being pushed about 11 feet (good thing I always leave space between myself and car in front) when impact occured. Wonder what the cell phone record of the other driver might show...

Point I am making here is that you can expect all of this information to be available particularly when the data recorder starts having PowerNet access to GPS information. Welcome to the future.

All that said I am more pleased than ever that I bought the Heep. Crash report also shows the '09 F*rd 150 being disabled and having to be towed away while the GC apparently just has cosmetic damage: lights all work and are intact; liftgate is dented but works, seals normally, and both buttons work; flipper glass is fine; and it drives normally. Looks like the hitch receiver took nearly all the impact. This is the kind of commercial they should show.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:17 PM
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Glad you're ok.

Are you sure your dealer has a body shop and doesn't farm it out? If they farm it out, find out who (sometimes they work with more than one shop) will be working on your car and check them out.
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