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Old 01-21-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Got my Wrecked GOAT Back - Spoilerless

TLDR: Car got rear ended, did seemingly minimal damaged, total came out to $7k to other party’s insurance. Pics at bottom.

I don’t drive very much these days, getting around LA mostly on my bicycle, but on the one day I drove somewhere, I got rear ended in bumper to bumper on the I-10 by a Kia Rio driven by a twenty something Russian girl who’d been driving in the USA for 3 years. Lucky for me her insurance was not expired (it expired 3 days after the accident). The bike rack did a number on the trunk, spoiler, and bumper. And, the bike rack was toast.



So, took it to a few area body shops. Estimates came in between $4k and $5500. Took it to Progressive, and they did an estimate for $1800. *sad trumpet* If they had given me $4k, I would have taken the money, sold the car for what it was, broken even, and called it a day. But, Progressive decided to be cheap with their estimate. So, I took the car to get it fixed properly.

If you need to get your car fixed in Los Angeles, this place did a really great job: http://www.yelp.com/biz/c-and-c-collision-alhambra . No orange peel, the paint work is amazing. Had a couple little niggles with latches and fuel doors, but got it mostly sorted out now. Progressive initially cut a supplemental check to the bodyshop for $2200, bringing the total up to $4k. The body shop had to remove the rear glass, replace seals, remove rear seats, repaint both quarter panels, used trunk lid, remanufactured bumper, and I ordered a new bike rack. Here’s what the final total came up to:



In addition, I rented a car for 36 days (a MKVI Jetta 2.5SE and a Chrysler 200, the former of which was tolerable but plagued with electrical and TPMS issues, and the latter of which was all around horrendous). That was close to $1k as well.

So, for $8k, my car looks better than it did before (no spoiler!). Progressive could have saved half of it if they hadn’t been so stingy. Their managed care representative was great, though, and everything was handled professionally.






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cant beat being boomerang-less.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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Nice. But I still cant figure out why people dont like the original spoiler?..Maybe someone can help me out on this one?
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Nice. But I still cant figure out why people dont like the original spoiler?..Maybe someone can help me out on this one?

Because it looks like a bucket of dicks.
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Nice. But I still cant figure out why people dont like the original spoiler?..Maybe someone can help me out on this one?

Because it's a ricer-inspired wing and not a spoiler per se.
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Because it looks like a bucket of dicks.

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That sucks you had to pay that much out of pocket, looks great tho, now you dont have to drive around with a bucket of dicks on your trunk
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That sucks you had to pay that much out of pocket, looks great tho, now you dont have to drive around with a bucket of dicks on your trunk

Not sure how you got that information out of what he wrote, but Progressive paid the entire bill.
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looks awesome now.
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the description was confusing to me, my bad. So you didn't have to pay out of pocket?
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the description was confusing to me, my bad. So you didn't have to pay out of pocket?

Customer Responsibility - $0.00...
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Because it looks like a bucket of dicks.

a 5-gallon bucket!
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That sucks you had to pay that much out of pocket, looks great tho, now you dont have to drive around with a bucket of dicks on your trunk

From the looks of that avatar I'd chill out.
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Customer Responsibility - $0.00...

It should be $0 to repair back to OEM specs.

Since OEM is with a "bucket of dicks" spoiler, material and labor to weld in and smooth the filled holes should have been at the car owner's cost - not the insurance company's.
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Even though a purist, I absolutely love these cars without the spoiler...Even though I traded mine last year, my fiancee still has hers, and I often wonder if she'd have an issue if I just took hers off, for kicks...I think the first time I saw a Monaro without one I wondered why in the world Pontiac decided to put one on these cars for sale in the US. Looks like a European sports coupe without it and with it, it looks a bit like it's trying too hard...Someone once said to me it looks like a shopping cart handle on the back...I think at the time in 03-04, perhaps they though it needed to compete with the Mustang GT which had many versions of the spoiler (just a guess)...

That said, it was the best car I've ever owned, by far--traded a year old C6 convertible for it and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Looks awesome! is that the factory 04 exhaust? I have never seen one
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Even though a purist, I absolutely love these cars without the spoiler...Even though I traded mine last year, my fiancee still has hers, and I often wonder if she'd have an issue if I just took hers off, for kicks...I think the first time I saw a Monaro without one I wondered why in the world Pontiac decided to put one on these cars for sale in the US. Looks like a European sports coupe without it and with it, it looks a bit like it's trying too hard...Someone once said to me it looks like a shopping cart handle on the back...I think at the time in 03-04, perhaps they though it needed to compete with the Mustang GT which had many versions of the spoiler (just a guess)...

That said, it was the best car I've ever owned, by far--traded a year old C6 convertible for it and enjoyed every minute of it.

great post. yes, the masterminds at GM gave us the boomerang appendage and took away the digital HVAC. makes no sense to me. however, far more important, I am just glad they brought it over here.
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It should be $0 to repair back to OEM specs.

Since OEM is with a "bucket of dicks" spoiler, material and labor to weld in and smooth the filled holes should have been at the car owner's cost - not the insurance company's.

Based on GTO parts costs it may have been cheaper for the insurance company to weld the holes than replace the spoiler. The deck lid was getting replaced/painted anyway. The OP may have actually done them a favor and saved them money. Maybe he should have been paid by them for the spoiler...

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great post. yes, the masterminds at GM gave us the boomerang appendage and took away the digital HVAC. makes no sense to me. however, far more important, I am just glad they brought it over here.

...And two third brake lights too! That's what made the spoiiler seem so cheesy and "add on" like a dealer installed option. Every other car I owned with an OEM spoiler had the HMSL mounted in the spoiler and not an extra in the rear window. Nice thing is when you ditch the stock spoiler you still have the third liht.
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Looks great "sandiegan"
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Thanks for the comments guys

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Based on GTO parts costs it may have been cheaper for the insurance company to weld the holes than replace the spoiler. The deck lid was getting replaced/painted anyway. The OP may have actually done them a favor and saved them money. Maybe he should have been paid by them for the spoiler...

They already had to weld imperfections in a used GTO trunk from the salvage yard. It is not possible to get new ones and they said they almost always have to do bodywork on the used lids for whatever imperfections they have from the yard. They couldn't find a decent bumper so had to send my existing rear bumper out to get remanufactured. And to your point, returning the car to OEM specs would have included the cost of the spoiler and the paint, I imagine this cost less than that would have.

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Looks awesome! is that the factory 04 exhaust? I have never seen one

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Question for you OP... does it get branded with a salvage title now?
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:32 PM   #23
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No, still clean title. Not a total. Salvage title occurs when the insurance company totals out the car, then someone opts to fix it.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:36 PM   #24
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I am unable to post in the classifieds section due to the rather silly 100 post requirement despite my having been on this forum seven years

If anyone wants to pick this bent hitch up for FREE in LA area, it is yours. It got bent down, and the bike rack was dragging on the ground on steep curves, so it had to go. I am supposing it could be bent back if you had the knowledge/tools to do it. Old one pictures on left:



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