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2013 Cadillac ATS: Damaged

June 26, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

I returned to our parked 2013 Cadillac ATS to find this addition. Fortunately, the at-fault party left a note with an apology and all pertinent contact information. It's good to know there are a few honest people out there. The cameras in the parking structure could have influenced her honesty, but still, we'll give the benefit of the doubt.

Next stop is the body shop.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 9,527 miles


  • juddholl10 juddholl10 Posts:

    Serves you right. Ugly Cadillac deserves damage. What a monstrosity all Cadillacs are these days...

  • juddholl10 juddholl10 Posts:

    Scratch that... what a monstrosity all Cadillacs have always been...

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    cadillac's are looking great nowadays, you're crazy (although I suppose entitled to your opinion as am I) looks like they drilled that thing.

  • tp660 tp660 Posts:

    That's a pretty big ding for a typical parking lot fender bender.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    $100 says she was in an SUV.

  • $200 says that she was in a lifted pickup truck with one of those drop trailer hitches. Point of impact is pretty sharp, can't imagine it being anything else.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    $200 says she was talking or texting on her cell phone

  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    i'd say corner of a bumper of an older suv with sharp-edged bumpers. either way... that's gonna be pricey... not the easiest panel to fix.

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    That's in one of the absolute worst places to get hit. The rear quarter panel that flows over the doors and down the a-pillar is a pain to fix. They'll likely have to cut out that piece, re-weld/bondo the heck out of a new one (while trying to maintain all the character lines) and then respray most of that side of the car. You're easily looking at $6k+ probably at a Cadillac authorized bodyshop.

  • Sucks. Last year some @$$hole kid hit my wifes WEEK old CX-5, put it in reverse, and took off! Luckily, some good samritans got the plate and they caught the kid in the next town over, but really sucked none the less. Specifically because had purchased the car and not leased.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    Well, at least the person who hit the Caddy wasn't a worthless pile of protein who caused a similar accident while 1. Drunk 2. Broke 3. Without insurance 4. About to get sent to jail for other offenses directly related to being a worthless pile of protein. Try getting your insurance deductible out of that kind of person. Don't ask me how I know.

  • That does suck, but at least it's not YOUR car. Someone backed into mine in February to the tune of $6000 in damage (he bent a frame rail in a parking lot). It's fixed now, but it will never be the same... :(

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @emajor: I had the exact same experience after a guy backed into my car in a parking lot and proceeded to flee. I was also young at the time and only had liability, so guess who ended up having to pay for it. Lesson learned.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Credit to the driver for doing the right thing (but sad that the most basic decency is rare enough to be applauded). Discredit to the driver for really nailing that. That wasn't just a slight bump, that was really wrong.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    That's a bit more than a love tap. Lexus that needs replacement mats or an Audi 5000? ;)

  • frank908 frank908 Posts:

    @juddholl10- One can only imagine what you actually think looks good. I'd bet my right testicle that whatever it is, it probably is not. My apologies to your significant other.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Wow; that'll be expensive and time-consuming to repair.

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