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Posted by Bill on May 18, 2008, 5:19 pm
Smacked a large coon with my 2005 at 55 mph last night.  Poor fellow must
have weighed around 60 lbs and he was big enough to lift my rear wheels from
the pavement as I passed over him.

Grill that snaps into front bumper was destroyed.  Bumper caved in below
opening grill fits into and that portion of bumper is torn.  Roadside fog
lamp point downward and housing is ruined.  Radiator is ok but steel frame
it sits on is badly bent.  This is all the damage I can see without putting
the car on a lift.  Visible portion of exhaust system is ok.  Car sounds and
runs fine.

Any wild estimates on what this is going to cost?

Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 18, 2008, 5:33 pm

It should cost you whatever your deductible on your comprehensive
insurance is.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on May 18, 2008, 6:56 pm

Wouldn't that be collision, not comprehensive? Anyway, I think he really
wants to know the dollar amount of the repairs might be regardless of
who's paying them, and I'm guessing that's easily a couple thousand.

Thank goodness no one but the raccoon was hurt, Bill!

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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on May 18, 2008, 7:17 pm
  mikePOST@TOGROUPmacconsult.com (Mike Rosenberg) wrote:


Posted by Bill on May 18, 2008, 7:23 pm

I was hoping to fix this for less than the $50.00 deductable and not spoil
my flawless insurance record.  The bumper is dented in two places.  I was
strong enough to pull one of the dents out be reaching into the opening
where the plastic grill is mounted and giving it a good pull.  It went
"boink" and popped back into shape without damaging the paint.  I'm not
strong enough to pull the other dent out however if it pops out under
hydraulic pressure, the only remaining damage to the bumper will be the 5"
tear.  If the tear can be repaired, then, I can ignore the bent radiator
mount, buy the plastic grill pieces (center piece and piece that surrounds
one fog light) and a new fog light housing.  Anyone know if the tear can be

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