posted on Feb, 24 2014 @ 09:24 PM
It's all about economics and nothing to do with actual damage.
I once had a car that got rear ended from acar that went into and underneath it. I ended up with a bowed frame as a result. Despite my repeated
protests, the insurance company insisted on repairing it because it was cheaper than writing it off for them.
I ended up with a car that I had to sell in the end because it was extremely unstable at speed after the repair - I was told by several repairers that
the car should have been scrapped because it had been bent so badly it was impossible to get it back into proper shape again.
I've seen other older mess valuable cars junked over minor damage because the panel repairs cost too much from the insurers point of view.
Exactly! I hope you didn't hold a grudge against the body shop for not fixing your car right. There's only so much we can do. If you stomp on an
aluminum can, you'll never get it all straightened out again. It's more the insurance company's fault for wanting to attempt repairs a heavily
damaged car rather than pay off what it's worth because it's not road worthy. In fact, you could have probably taken it as far as suing the
insurance company for putting you back on the road with a damaged frame which has severely weakened the structural integrity and will be much less
safe in later accidents.
I swear the insurance companies are getting much worse as of late. It's technically illegal for them to steer you to one of their "preferred" body
shops (basically, shops that will cut corners in order to save costs so the insurance doesn't have to pay as much, but it guarantees them work), but
they do it anyway. Just within the past year we've lost a lot of jobs because the insurance companies keep steering our customers, even loyal
customers, to "preferred" shops, and the consumer doesn't know any better half the time.