dougal, how did you make out? Poppy D
Sorry it is taking so long. It is such an inconvenience expecting you to "birddog" the body shop and insurance company. However, it is a good idea to get that revised estimate. After they take the car apart in order to inspect the things we generally don't think of.I am still waiting for the insurance company to make a decision. There initial estimate was ~14K but they said that does not include things the can not access, like engine and electronics. So, they will wait until the body shop starts taking things apart and will get a revised estimate to make their decision. The agent still thinks it will be considered a loss. I am personally really, really annoyed that it has taken this long.
Sorry it is taking so long. It is such an inconvenience expecting you to "birddog" the body shop and insurance company. However, it is a good idea to get that revised estimate. After they take the car apart in order to inspect the things we generally don't think of.
Just a short story, I bought a 1 year old Ford Explorer from brother's shop after he brought it as a "total loss" by the insurance company. It was in a roll over accident and there wasn't any sheet metal that wasn't damaged or any glass that wasn't broken. Even the roof was caved in. When my brother got done with it, it looked and ran like a brand new car. I drove it for years and eventually sold it where the next owner continued to have good luck with it. I guess what I'm trying to say is a good repair shop can make your car new again and that you could have years of good service. Having said this, if you are uncomfortable with the repairs and have no confidence driving the repaired car .... well, then it has to go.
All good choices, I have thought a lot about my replacement and I keep going back to CX-9sIf they fix it, will drive it and eventually trade it in for a new CX-9 somewhere down the line - hopefully with the new inline 6 large architecture!
If it is totaled, I am looking at a Q7, MDX, XC90 or another CX-9.
All good choices, I have thought a lot about my replacement and I keep going back to CX-9s
Lots of good comments on here about asking for diminished loss and what not. With today's unibody vehicles, the whole vehicle structure plays a role in abating the energy in a crash, so it's not even just a frame issue. If you repair it, make sure they cover any hidden damage that gets uncovered. I also noticed you were at 57k. I have successfully negotiated an extra couple $$ because I had just replaced my tires. I am that petty
I may end up back in a CX-9. I really do enjoy it. The other reason is insurance cost, it is a little more than $1K per year more in something like a Q7. I was thinking it would be more like $200-300 more at most.
Also have to factor in the cost of maintenance on Mazda vs the Audi and Volvo which will be way more on those 2 luxury brands. I had a Volvo for 7 years prior to Mazda and while the car/brand was nice, paying for the expensive parts and labour beyond the normal wear & tear and issues outside of warranty deterred me from staying within the brand. Not to say Volvo is bad and unreliable but be prepared to deal with the higher costs and headaches should issues arise.Lots of good feedback. Happy to hear you'll be back in a CX-9
MGM with parchment would be my first choice if I were to buy again and had the option. It just seems like it would be such a clean combination.
That's interesting about the comments you got at the Volvo dealership. The few times I've been to Mazda dealerships, and I see people checking out the cars, I always want to talk to them about how great my ownership has been (I never do though, because I'm a chicken lol). For someone to go out of their way to mention something negative like that.. yeah that would scare me away too.
My good friends have a Volvo XC90 and they rave about it. It is a nice car. However, they are open about the myriad of problems the car has, including the electrical gremlins and other weird issues it constantly has.
Sweet! Congrats on the new ride! Just curious, did you get a good/fair value from the insurance payment from the accident? Was it also a good deal from your dealer on the 2021 CX9? The Signature in white looks great for sure with that new brown Napa leather!!!