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My 2007 Silverado Classic Crew Cab was rear ended by a speeding Ford Exploder while stopped at a red light. It bent the frame at least where the tow hitch attaches and pushed the bed into the cab. The drivers side rear door doesn't close all the way anymore. The rear window broke but since I recently had my windows tinted it stayed in one piece.

I don't know yet if it will be totaled yet. It will never be the same so I would rather have a new truck.

My back and neck are sore but I came out ok so far. It hurt most when I see my truck.

I shrunk a picture down a bit to show the damage.

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Nasty!

That Exploder must have been moving at a good clip.

Sorry to see a nice Silverado hit like that.

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They were coming on fast as I saw in the rear view prior to impact. Now I am shopping for a 2009 in the event that it is totaled. The police and ambulance were at the scene when it happened with another accident that was completely clear of the road.

I have an HHR as a rental. It is far from what I am used to.

With Sept almost here would anyone know if bigger rebates are coming?

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I hate that something like that had to happen to your Silverado. That's a shame.

As for upcoming incentives, there might be a few rebates coming up to clear lots of any left over 2009 inventory. Since CFC didn't really move any trucks, I'd expect any incentive programs to mostly apply to them.

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From this angle, it appears the bed stayed up against the cab instead of bouncing back and reopening the normal gap, a bad sign for the bed assembly and frame. I'll bet the bed floor is messed up. It appears the cab corner on this side was pushed forward, which is why the door won't close right.

A frame, cab corner panel and bed replacement won't necessarily make it a total loss, however. I'll be interested in hearing what the responsible driver's insurance company does. Could you let us know?

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It's hard to total any fullsize 900, the local Chevy store has done quite a few full frame replacements in recent years.

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It's hard to total any fullsize 900, the local Chevy store has done quite a few full frame replacements in recent years.

Can't do that with a throw away unibody / but after watching the youtube c4c vids that is just what the Gov wants destroying perfectly good engines and such cars worth5-10k crushed for $4500 & less :nono:

Maybe those Toyo rusted frames got trashed

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It's hard to total any fullsize 900, the local Chevy store has done quite a few full frame replacements in recent years.

is the silverado on a 900? i thought the 1500 "classics" were to get rid of the parts left over in the bin. if they are on the 900 i might need to track me a classic down. problem is 2 yr old trucks cost almost what new does...

on another note my buddy was in his 2009 2500hd a while back and hit a stump on his property, the body shop that fixed it was a friend of his. the stump did right at $1100 damage. new bumper, new skidplate, new from the wheel to the control arms, and the frame was bent so bad that he could have totaled it no prob but they straightend out the frame and then plate welded a whole section to make it look better and reinforce the frame.

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I was actually rear ended today too. My poor Saab is pretty messed up. I'll post pics in a separate thread. C&G curse?

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is the silverado on a 900? i thought the 1500 "classics" were to get rid of the parts left over in the bin. if they are on the 900 i might need to track me a classic down. problem is 2 yr old trucks cost almost what new does...

on another note my buddy was in his 2009 2500hd a while back and hit a stump on his property, the body shop that fixed it was a friend of his. the stump did right at $1100 damage. new bumper, new skidplate, new from the wheel to the control arms, and the frame was bent so bad that he could have totaled it no prob but they straightend out the frame and then plate welded a whole section to make it look better and reinforce the frame.

I should have said 800s rather than 900s, but the same reality applies.

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I was actually rear ended today too. My poor Saab is pretty messed up. I'll post pics in a separate thread. C&G curse?

Sorry about the curse I didn't mean to pass on this misfortune.

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The local Chevy dealer estimated $7800 to repair. He said they could straighten the frame. That doesn't sound safe to me. I know if I came in off the street it would be considerably more. I think they are estimating using junk yard parts. Also the bed floor is damaged also. In the repair they said they would replace the whole bed as one piece instead of patching it.

I plan to speak with a lawyer before letting them do anything. And get other estimates.

Here is a picture of the closeup of the bed into the cab, the bed against the cab, one part of the twisted frame and a small tear in the frame near a hole.

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CFC must have sold some trucks. Most of the lots only had the fully loaded models with too many options for my budget.

I think the GMT900 came out only in the new body style not the classic.

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Ouch, sorry to see your truck in that state. Hopefully it will be repaired soon and back on the street. How did the Explorer fare?

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The whole front end of the Exploder was gone. I think the crumple zones and the engine drop that is designed for safety made sure of that. I didn't hear if the other driver was hurt or not.

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Those GMT800 and older frames pull and straighten relatively easy compared to newer ones. GM has a repair procedure for those frames. The newest frame machines with laser targets can do a great job helping the technician get the frame back to factory specs. If the frame cannot be returned to factory dimensions, the shop could still replace the frame and the truck will not be totalled.

$7800 worth of damage is not enough to make it a total loss. It's all about dollars and cents. They go on a percentage, damage v. "actual cash value".

My advice would be, if you trust the local Chevy dealer bodyshop that gave you the estimate, let them fix it, then trade it in if you are squeamish about driving it.

An accident like this is a traumatic event, and your ownership experience post repair will never be the same, I'm sure, but usually it is just emotions and a heightened sense of paranoia about your vehicle that ruins things. Nothing against you, it is a normal reaction, as far as I'm concerned. I felt the same with my own '07 Sierra, and I work in the bodyshop that repaired it! The current owner of my Sierra has no knowledge it was in two accidents, and he and the truck are fine.

The next owner of your truck will get into it with a clear head and drive it many years. Let the Chevy dealer bodyshop fix it, then trade it in to them on another truck.

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That sounds like good advice and thanks for mentioning about frame repairs. I would also be concerned about someone pulling a carfax report when I trade or sell it and with the frame repair really dropping the value.

I have never dealt with the Chevy body shop but they sure charge a bunch for routine maintenance at that dealership so I can't see it being fixed that cheap.

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Well, if you let the Chevy dealer's bodyshop fix it, then trade it to them on a new truck, it will be difficult for them to tell you it was not repaired correctly and restored to factory condition.

Carfax is not an exact science, either. They are only as good as the data they receive from various sources. My '07 Sierra was in 2 accidents, November, 2007 and again in May, 2008. After I traded it on my Cobalt on September 27th, 2008, the dealership kept my truck and put it on their used car line to sell. I checked their online ad to see what they were asking for it, pricewise. I noticed they had a link to Carfax for all the vehicles in the ad, including my old truck, so I clicked it. It linked directly to Carfax.com... and my VIN came up clean... 10 months after the first accident.

Don't trust Carfax when looking for a used vehicle if you have a concern.

Getting lawyers involved, in my opinion in your case, will only incur extra expense and not improve the situation. To get this chapter behind you, I would just get it repaired and trade it in if you're still concerned after getting it back.

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I am sorry about your experience. I really am. I hope that you are okay and can put this incident behind you soon. Please let us know how things work out.

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That might be good if carfax doesn't list the information. I have never seen a carfax report. I only buy new so I don't have the risk of someone else's problems. When I did buy used I usually found the problems a few months later and got the shaft. I generally keep a new vehicle long enough that depreciation is not as bad as multiple maintenance problems.

I did speak with a lawyer today and they suggested just getting it fixed but they will deal with the injury claims, pain and suffering. My back and neck are still sore but if I was in a smaller car with the hit I took I might still be in the hospital or at least laid up in bed. My Silverado did an excellent job of protecting me.

I am taking it to a body shop locally to have another estimate. If nothing else it would give me piece of mind knowing whether I am being treated fairly.

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OK, best of luck to you with your truck, and I hope you feel better soon.
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You may also need the attorney to make a claim for reduced value if your state requires a damage disclosure statement when a vehicle is sold. Usually the states that do that require more than $5K in damage to be disclosed on a form at sale.

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