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Beware of people following behind, texting and driving. "K7" is now in the shop; I'm waiting to hear the full estimate of damages. Before and after in the pictures attached.
 

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Beware of people following behind, texting and driving. "K7" is now in the shop; I'm waiting to hear the full estimate of damages. Before and after in the pictures attached.
Ouch!!! Sounds like you are ok, but sorry about the K7!! Hopefully, they can get it back to like new soon!
 

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Oh no, really sorry to see this. Glad to hear you are ok though. Was the other parts involved ok as well? Hope the damage costs are not too high.
 

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Thanks, got quite a jolt but no serious injury; I was also pushed into the car in front of me so some minor front bumper damage as well. My guess is; new right quarter panel, new trunk lid, rear and front bumpers, left head light both rear tail lights. Plus trunk floor pan and possibly rear mufflers or just the exhaust tips. Probably $5-8K, but glad it is not a total loss. Will also laser blueprint to ensure straight body and have a 4 wheel realignment done.

There's a really good body shop near by that specializes in high end import vehicles and has a special 3-stage paint booth so I'm hoping it will be good as new. We'll see.

There were 5 cars involved in a chain collision so we'll let the insurance companies and lawyers sort this one out. Fortunately, there's a police report to keep everyone honest.
 

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Well that sucks... Sounds like you'll be alright though. We've got a Ford Dealer collision shop that I use exclusively. They do amazing work. 3 stage paint, laser frame machines, pretty amazing shop. If yours is like that, you'll be fine. My optima took a hit to the rear and they were able to repair the bumper without replacing it and it looked brand new. Amazing what the new technologies can do with them now.
 

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Front and rear bumpers are off and dis-assembly is in progress. Shop estimate is climbing past $10k and $15-$16k is not out of the question.

Good news; with a new vehicle and low volume production there's pretty much only new parts available. So I won't have to fight with the insurance company(s) on this one. New parts are the only acceptable option.
 

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Thats good that you'll only have new parts. However, at 15-16k already coming up, might be totalled... We'll see I guess. My wife's old Kia Soul was totalled at 15k.
 

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Thats good that you'll only have new parts. However, at 15-16k already coming up, might be totalled... We'll see I guess. My wife's old Kia Soul was totalled at 15k.
from what I've experienced, damage totals nearing 60 % of the car's current retail value push the insurance cos. to want to total it; add in the negative value effect if it's fixed and reported to carfax, and, that gets closer to 70 % of value, so more push to make them total. Benefits the owner since any future accidents might not get satisfactorily covered as the value is below non-damaged used models ( i.e., to total it after a second wreck woud be even less of a payoff to the owner). this per my experience with Nationwide.

Socalifk7,

very best wishes for a good outcome regardless; you have a beautiful car.

good luck!
 

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K7 Diffuser

Dave H,
Thanks good points; as soon as I got hit my first thought was ouch; "diminished value." But looking at the big picture; glad to be OK, cars can be fixed and there's ways to negotiate the financial impact. We'll see what the final numbers bring but here's another way to look at this; this opens up some new options!

Community; What say you (options):
1) Fix back to spec; and keep on driving (my current intent).
2) Push for total loss; get another one
3) Use repair funding to modify exhaust to Magnaflows; modify to custom rear diffuser (it lost the value of stock anyway, so why not, see image).
4) Turn it into a "lowrider" (this is LA and someone I know suggested it would be the only Cadenza lowrider in existence).

What say you?
 

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Dave H,
Thanks good points; as soon as I got hit my first thought was ouch; "diminished value." But looking at the big picture; glad to be OK, cars can be fixed and there's ways to negotiate the financial impact. We'll see what the final numbers bring but here's another way to look at this; this opens up some new options!

Community; What say you (options):
1) Fix back to spec; and keep on driving (my current intent).
2) Push for total loss; get another one
3) Use repair funding to modify exhaust to Magnaflows; modify to custom rear diffuser (it lost the value of stock anyway, so why not, see image).
4) Turn it into a "lowrider" (this is LA and someone I know suggested it would be the only Cadenza lowrider in existence).

What say you?
#2 if at all possible; first, though let me ask which model you have. is it the fully loaded SXL with tech, etc, or the base model? pretty big difference potentially for loss vs. value.

if it's the fully loaded SXL and repair amounts equal roughly half the used value, then, fixing and keeping would be okay if you planned to keep it several years. if it is the base model, probably better off trying to get a total loss and then replace with a new model.

just my opinion of course; good luck with your decision and the outcome.

yes, you are totally right; 'cars can be replaced' ( no matter how much we hate to see it ); at least you were not injured!

best,
 

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I agree. Push for 2 unless you're keeping it forever and its a high featured one (lux/tech package). In which case, get them to pay for repair and get it fixed while saving some cash for you.
 

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Paid a visit to the shop today; "K7's" in many pieces and now that the bumpers are off its not as bad as I thought. Front bumper supports are untouched; back bumper supports and trunk floor will need replacement but very fixable with new trunk and left quarter panel. New Kia parts have been ordered and cost looks closer to $9K; so let the repairs begin.

Also, it looks like the sending units for lane departure, etc. are wired into the body panels; the shop is checking this out. I don't have this feature as I have a base Premium model, but I would not be surprised if the build components are very similar regardless of model series. It may just be fuses and switches that makes features available or not.
 

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If you find out anything on the lane departure stuff, etc, please let me know. I've been looking into this and upgrading the gauges. If you have the premium model, why not order the 2015 Limited parts to replace yours? Better looking fogs, etc.
 
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