Originally Posted by greenwayer
Ouch, no one hurt right? I guess I will never pay a premium for a "certified" car now. The only real way to tell if a car has been in an accident is with a paint meter.
No one hurt, was just me on the way to the airport on I-95 early in the morning for a work trip and someone pulled off to the shoulder without signaling and caused people to hit their brakes. The ACC worked great for me and I wasn't worried, but then "wham", forgot it can't stop the idiot behind me tailgating.
The truck actually did not look too bad and was easily drivable. In addition to the scratches on the bumper though things just didn't seem right. The exhaust was rattling too. Upon closer look the bumper supports had moved/bent, the tailgate was warped because it must have compressed/decompressed on impact (there was a dent the size of a half dollar next to the license plate but in certain light and angles you could see a shimmer across the whole center section). Finally, they realize the entire exhaust could not be straightened because it was all misaligned.
They did a damn good job fixing it though. I'm pretty picky and use to work at a dealer and used their extra bay in the body shop to wash cars. I couldn't find any differences visually. Paint matched great, which is easy when it is new, and I couldn't even find compound in the joints where they didn't wash it good enough. I feel a little guilty not telling them in the trade, but they never asked. All I said was that it was in beautiful condition when they see it
With the value of the 2012 dropping fast, and seeing from my dealer there was nothing on the CarFax as of this past October, I knew I had to dump the truck fast. IMO, I definitely "won" this battle.