2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 10, 2015
Soon after our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was involved in this traffic collision, it went to the body shop. All costs were being paid by the at-fault party, so the choice of a repair location was up to us.
We drove the Jeep to a trusted local spot, Golden Hammer Auto Body, and left them to put it back together. The turnaround was expected to be quick. But there was a hiccup.
We waited longer than anticipated for parts. The muffler, specifically. Supply was limited for the all-new Renegade and it added three business days to our wait. Then we ran into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. By the time we slid back behind the wheel, our Jeep had been out of service for 14 days.
Repairs totaled $1,614.02 and, as stated, were paid by the insurance company of the party that struck the Renegade. Big-ticket parts on the invoice included the muffler and tailpipe ($464) and the three-part rear bumper cover ($423).
Take a look at the damage and disassembly:
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager