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Hey everyone,

Photos of car are here: http://photobucket.com/kath12TSX

I've owned my 2010 TSX for about 5 months and it was significantly damaged by hail in the Carolinas over the weekend. I desperately want the car to be totaled so I can get a new TSX because this one will never be the same after all the damages are repaired. I left it parked in a lot obviously unaware that the hail was coming, so after the back windshield was busted by the baseball-sized hail it continued to rain hard and damage my interior for 3 more hours before I returned to pick up my car.

The insurance inspector is coming within the next couple of days. Do you guys have any advice on issues I need to be sure to point out in hopes of getting this totaled?

Summary of damages:
- 65 dents on hood alone
- the only external panels on entire car without damage are 2 doors
- huge loss of resale value (not that I ever want to resale, but just in case...) - hail and water damage will now be on carfax
- chrome around all side windows dented and window seals possibly compromised
- who knows what all interior damage, the floorboards in the front are still damp today (48 hours later) - electrical damage as well??
- new car smell gone :(
- paint chipped from hail on trunk and already starting to rust
- 2-3" of water still stood in the trunk when I opened that for the first time today (again, 48 hours later)

Thanks so much for any advice!!!
 

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sorry to hear that. I would be crushed if i had hail dings on my car too. I doubt it would be totaled. There are certain conditions for a car to be totaled and having dings all around your car is not one of them.. unless the dings out weight the cost of your car to a certain extent.
 

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Thanks for the comments!

Unfortunately this has been a slow process so far dealing with the insurance company and a lot of waiting since all local body shops are packed with other hail damaged cars.

An insurance inspector looked at the car over a week ago and came up with $8200 in external replacements and repairs. This included a new hood, roof skin, trunk, repairing all other panels, repairing chrome along the windows, and front and back glass.

He couldn't do an internal estimate so it was towed to the Acura dealer and has now been there for a week for their maintenance group to come up with an estimate. They weren't expecting it to take this long but also didn't initially think the damages inside were as bad as they actually are. They're supposed to be finalizing the estimate later today, but they told us the items to be replaced are the back seat, back speakers, all carpet, all trunk lining, back hand rests on doors, back panel lining, and back side airbag igniters (already started rusting when back windshield broke out), I think that's everything. If it's not totaled I'm going to push for new front seats too, because those took on some water as well and were starting to smell bad the last time I saw the car last week.

We've also lined up a body shop to take a second look at the external damages after Acura is done to see if the $8200 is fair. I'm hoping that number will bump up a bit and that the internal repairs will be close to $10K so we won't have any issues getting this thing totaled.

One additional note - my insurance policy requires OEM parts.

Thoughts??
 

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well interior parts are expensive as well i can see an easy 5 grand in interior the seats alone for the rear are over a grand all new and front seats are like a grand each. looking total at about 15k in repairs easy i think they should just total it thats like 50% of the value
 

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The only way the car is total is if repairs cost more than the blue book value of the car. Insurance companies are not stupid and won't give you more money than they have to. I had to go through this when my civic had $14K worth of damage and the market value was $16K. Good look though.
 

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That is really wonderful news,as the older TSX would never have been the same after having so much work done to it.

Congratulations on the new one,I am sure you will love it as well,and a great choice of colour...
 
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