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I don't deserve to be a new Nox owner! First I collided the lift gate and my garage door and have been worrying about a small area of scratches (separate thread). But today I had a collision (Nox passenger's side vs a Camaro driver's side) - two autos do not fit side by side in one lane. There was no road rage, just an accident. I can't decide which bothers more: Today's damage for $2,600 repair or the 1st scratch, now valued at $300 repair. I think the 1st scratch simply b/c it was first, but then maybe I'm still in shock from this morning's disaster. If you're wondering, the passenger side is damaged from the front wheel to the panel behind the rear quarter panel. IOW, most of the side of the vehicle. Suggestion: Do not crash your new Noxs. Worse of all, the rental is a Ford Fusion. Like Rogue LTZ, I really miss my Nox.
 

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jer, I am very sorry about your situation. I hope that you have good insurance, and that things turn out alright and quickly. As good as a driver as I think I am, messing up my nox is still one of big fears.

was it a new camaro? personally, I think that the nox and the new camaro have significant blind spots. I'm not complaining, this has just caused me to be more careful.
 

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Ouch jer! You've had some lousy luck this past week or two. Sorry bud :(

I don't know which bothers me more - the damage to your nice new Nox or the damage to that new Camaro (assuming you meant a new one)! hehe I'm kidding :p
 

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Sorry to hear about your accident. To bad there wasn't some way you could have had the scratches covered under the accident?
I guess an aftermarket side moulding wouldn't have helped in this case. :)

Did you at least get her phone number??? :D Just trying to chear you up. I know how you feel.
 

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Two words for you Driving School
I hear you loud and clear.
was it a new camaro? personally, I think that the nox and the new camaro have significant blind spots.
'02 Camaro but it was in good shape. "Significant" is the key word for the Nox blind spot, and my insurance company used those same words.
You've had some lousy luck this past week or two.
My friends are avoiding me for fear of lightning strikes!
Did you at least get her phone number???
Well, GaryD, I have to say, so far you are the only one to think that love might come from this. However, her extremely large boyfriend was in the car and he was not very happy - but that is a story for another day.
Thanks to all of you for the sympathy; it helps. 9 days until the Nox comes home >> hope she forgives me.
 

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jer, just call me Mr. Cupid. ;D
 

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Sorry Jer---that really hurts. Bought my wife a black SLK MB a couple years ago and she pulled right into a pickup truck in next lane. Did the same damage along the whole side of the new car. Shock and awe at the repair bill, mostly paid by insurance, but deductible still a pain. Biggest shock a couple years later when trading it for a new Bimmer...CarFax reports it as a wrecked vehicle and trade value killed us.
 

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Ouch - I'll bet your e-mail will make his day ! Stupid Carfax.
 

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Yes, **** Carfax.......unless you are buying. :)
 

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CarFax reports it as a wrecked vehicle and trade value killed us.
So the news just keeps getting better and better! Thanks for that eye-opener!

Got a call from Caliber Collision: the cost just jumped to $3,163 - front fender must be replaced, not fixed, and passenger door hinges need repair and adjustment. Completion date still 4/30 approx. Sigh.
 

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Jer--What really PO'd me at the time was that the repair work was done by a MB dealer, using MB parts, and the result was absolutely flawless. To my eye, as good as new. I kept that car in flawless condition the whole time we owned it. The markdown for trade value was "substantial" nonetheless. I know your pain!
 

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Make sure you get OEM panels, even if you have to pay the difference. I had a couple aftermarket replacements in 2 different accidents. I was assured they were OEM. They were'nt. The bottom edge of both doors started rusting in 3 months. If I plan on keeping a car for a long time, I will definately pay the additional cost.
 

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By GardD: Make sure you get OEM panels...
I don't even know what that means, sorry. One thing I do know, I let Hartford Ins suggest the repair place, Caliber Collision, b/c Hartford guarantees the repairs as long as I own the Nox. Also they made the Enterprise rental very easy, being in the same repair place, and covered all costs (less deductible, of course). These were all my goals - to get my Nox back quickly and repaired properly. I hope I didn't screw up here by not asking OEM questions.
 

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OEM = Original Equipment Mfg.
Don't let them put on a panel made overseas from inferior metal. State Farm said the same thing to me once, but the body shop used an inferior panel anyway and it rusted.
Ask the owner of the shop if he uses OEM panels and if not can you pay the difference to get the OEM. I think when an insurance company says they guarentee the repair for as long as you own the car, they are betting (hoping)that you will trade it in or sell it before the problem will arise.
I'm just a natural born skeptic and conspiracy nut so I may be wrong on the above.
 

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That's how I have my mirrors and my wife hates it when I do that. She likes the traditional way where she can see the side of our car..
 

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Blind Spots??

Try adjusting the mirrors "correctly" if you are not already. I have been doing this for years and it really helps! Sorry aout your misfortune.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/10q1/how_to_adjust_your_mirrors_to_avoid_blind_spots-feature
First off, sorry to hear about the crash, jer.
I hope things all work out for you, you seem like a great person.

Now to address the post above:

We use the traditional method of setting up mirrors so you can see a "sliver" of each side of your car.
We back one or two vehicles into the garage so we rely on the mirrors to not hit anything while backing in.
We'd be adjusting the mirrors 2 times a day minimum.

Also, the rear view mirror in the Terrain no way no how can "overlap" the field of view by setting the exterior mirrors as suggested in the link above.
To avoid cars in your blind spot, be aware at all times and use not only your mirrors often, but turn your head now and again as well.

Just our opinion.
 

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I have found that vehicles can easily HIDE in the Terrain's blind spot. Always mirror check, then shoulder check then another mirror check. As per Young Drivers training that I took (and still follow those tips) in 1996 before getting my G2.
 

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GaryD, thanks for the OEM explanation. I will check withe the repair dept tomorrow a.m.
 
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