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Date: 19 Aug 2007 10:52:43 GMT
From: Adrian <>
Subject: Re: Safe but wrecked! need input

( gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying : >> If it helps you picture any possible damage, the SUV was heading >> North at a minimum of 50mph and the Saab was heading East at about 10 >> mph when the collision occurred. The right front wheel on the Saab >> was lifted off the pavement and the Saab ended up facing north, about >> 12 feet from where it was when hit. Damage to the exterior is as >> expected at the impact point, wheel well and fender crumpled and >> torn. Headlight shattered but in place. The grill doesn't look that >> bad, but is sitting at an angle. The entire front end of the Saab is >> tilted to the right (if you are standing and facing the front of the >> car) about 3 or 4 inches with the fender on the driver's side >> crumpled to the point that the driver's door can't be opened. The >> headlight on the driver's side is intact but popped out of the body. >> The hood is shoved back up towards the windshield, more so on the >> driver's side than the passenger side where the impact occurred, and >> will not open. In the interior, the console between the front seats >> is skewed (as if it was twisted), to a point that the hinges for the >> lid popped off on one side. The Saab started and ran (we only kept >> it running about 5 min). We did determine that the air conditioning >> and the night panel display no longer work, but have not had the >> opportunity to test any other systems. We were advised not to start >> it again due to the possibility of something sparking and starting a >> fire. The firemen at the scene pulled the smashed fender away from >> the wheel, but it is still extremely difficult to turn in either >> direction. > I should have described the shifted front end as angled or skewed to > the right, rather than tilted. The orginal verbage implies that the > front end slopes 3 or 4 inches, which is not the case it just looks as > if the front end is beginning a left hand turn, but the rest of the > car isn't. RIP, car. It'd need a new bodyshell, and that's before any mechanical damage. On a 5yo car? No way. It's a write-off.

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