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Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 18, 2008, 7:39 pm

Even if it is more than $50, you can always opt to pay for it yourself,
and not let the insurance company know.  Furthermore, it's been my
experience that claims against comprehensive do not affect your policy.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on May 18, 2008, 7:44 pm

The tear is easily repaired, and bumper cover repair is CHEAP.

Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on May 18, 2008, 7:56 pm
. . .

As long as no metal was bent, you'll be OK but I would recommend getting
the wheel alignment checked. You might not feel the problem but testing
will ensure you can fix any latent defect before it shows up in worn

Bob Wilson

ps. Did the raccoon have a white cane and attitude?

Posted by Bill on May 18, 2008, 8:59 pm

Thank you Bob, Elmo, Mike and Michelle for your thoughtful replies and
useful information.  I'll let you know what the guys at the local body shops
(two in a town with a population of 350) have to say about this tomorrow.

The raccoon was jay-walking (running) without a cane.  This roadway abounds
with critters including deer, bear, turkeys. feral cats and an occasional
horse or cow.  For this reason I normally drive it at 45 at night but I was
tired and in a hurry.  The speed limit is 55 but frankly I should have been
driving 45 and deserve 100% of the blame for this.  I'm glad I didn't hit
one of the larger critters.

Posted by John H. on May 20, 2008, 2:13 am

You better watch out.  I saw the raccoon's mother on TV tonight, saying that
it was YOUR fault.  Her son would NEVER jay-walk but just couldn't hear your
evil Prius!  ;-}

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