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#3187 of 3214 Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid
Aug 22, 2012 (12:18 pm)
On 6/29/2012 I had a small auto accident. I waited in line for a traffic light. There was a Lexus SUV at my left side. When light turned green, the SUV tried to change to right lane and hit my car at the left front panel right in front of front tire. The speed was no more than 10MPH.
The SUV did not even have a scratch. But my Camry front side panel was dented in and the front bumper was push apart for about 1-2 inches forward. Lucky, the lamp on top of the bumper was not damaged. The insurance settle quickly and I sent the car to a dealer body shop. The initial claim was $2032. Body shop added another $400+ for additional small parts. So it went to $2460.
Two weeks later, the car was sent to Toyota dealer for additional repair, the cost jumped to $7600. The dealer said, the electrical parts also need to be replaced.
The car was in the dealership for more than a month. I just pick up the car. And the total cost to repair came to an astonishing number - $13,884.29.
This is a typical everyday accident. The body shop said, because it is Hybrid. So, a small, minor accident can become a ridiculous, outrageous price.
Are you dare to drive this car?
#3188 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [gwilliams2004]
Aug 23, 2012 (4:59 am)
Didn't you ask what additional repairs were needed? Sounds like a ripoff
#3189 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [sbkcpa]
Aug 23, 2012 (6:32 am)
The damage was only a dent in front of the front wheel. And the bumper was push apart for about 1-2 inches. Luckily, the lamp on top of the bumper was not damaged.
The problem is the Toyota Hybrid design. From that dent, the entire wire for the engine and several control box needed to be replaced. The body shop charged 2636.79. The Toyota dealer charged $11,247.50.
According to the receipt, Toyota dealer found a code C1256. They could not remove that code until they replaced $7896.88 worth of parts. Plus $2856 labor and $493.62 tax.
#3190 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [gwilliams2004]
Aug 23, 2012 (6:43 am)
You're right.....that is OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!
#3191 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [sbkcpa]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Aug 23, 2012 (2:22 pm)
The body shop amount isn't surprising. If you dent metal or move body parts, it's like an automatic $2,500 minimum. I'm not saying that the rest is or isn't legitimate, but wow, I'm wondering how a vehicle gets designed that can take THAT much damage from a seemingly minor hit.
#3192 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [pf_flyer]
Aug 23, 2012 (7:08 pm)
Well, this is a 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. I was shocked when I learned the repair cost. You can't image how fragile it is. Please check the picture:
#3194 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [gwilliams2004]
Aug 24, 2012 (5:37 am)
I agree that the cost of the body work is not unusual, but the more that I think about it...the other repair had to be legit. Before an insurance company will pay such a big claim, the repair shop has to prove that the repair is necessary. Perhaps the wheel took a really bad hit and damaged the brakes. I Googled the code you mentioned, and it has to do with loss of ABS pressure. Sounds like a lot of damage was done behind the scenes.
#3195 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [gwilliams2004]
Aug 26, 2012 (8:48 pm)
If you looked under the bumper cover on most Japanese cars and some domestics, you would see that the actual bumper beam does not come anywhere close to the corners of the car. That is why you see so many Toyotas with the corners caved in.
I seriously don't know how they all get away with this nonsense.
#3196 of 3214 Re: Outrageous repair cost for Camry Hybrid [orangelebaron]
Aug 27, 2012 (5:43 am)
ABS? It doesn't sound right.
From the picture, you can clearly see the impact did not damage the wheel, not a scratch.
The bumper is more like decoration than protection. It is only for a perfect front end collision. The beam inside the bumper is not long enough to protect the corner impact.
In recent news, a test impact from front end but just hit in front of the driver, not entire front end, that impact can let the bumper to go in all the way to the driver.