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In dire need of some good suggestion regarding autobody repair

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In dire need of some good suggestion regarding autobody repair

I am in dire need of some good suggestion. While parking my car in my company parking lot I crashed into a tree in my company lot (less sleep overworked issues). My car (RAV 4 2018 LE AWD) got damaged on the front left. Radiator got dislocated also ALL air bags went off. It wont start anymore. To make it all worst my insurance expired on saturday and on Monday I was supposed to get all setup for my new insurance. I was with freaking Aviva life insurance apparently they do not auto renew. I was out of country for few months they sent me just a letter from Canadian post for the cancellation which was unclaimed because I was not in country. I came back to 4 days time frame in which I could take my insurance. I got a quote form a company on Friday and he did not get back to me till it was the time to leave for home. so I thought ok I will get it on Monday. Monday 08:30 in the morning I did this to myself. So unfortunate was this. Please advise me what can be done as now all this expense has to go from my pocket. Is there a way out of this situation? Its a lot of stress to handle please let me know if anybody could come up with a solution. Or anybody could let me know anyone who does autobody repair in Calgary area who is good at dealing with such cases.
Thank you in advance
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Did anyone see what happened? If not, there are easy ways out of your situation but they aren't really legal..
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Akhurana wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 1:46 pm
I am in dire need of some good suggestion. While parking my car in my company parking lot I crashed into a tree in my company lot (less sleep overworked issues). My car (RAV 4 2018 LE AWD) got damaged on the front left. Radiator got dislocated also ALL air bags went off. It wont start anymore. To make it all worst my insurance expired on saturday and on Monday I was supposed to get all setup for my new insurance. I was with freaking Aviva life insurance apparently they do not auto renew. I was out of country for few months they sent me just a letter from Canadian post for the cancellation which was unclaimed because I was not in country. I came back to 4 days time frame in which I could take my insurance. I got a quote form a company on Friday and he did not get back to me till it was the time to leave for home. so I thought ok I will get it on Monday. Monday 08:30 in the morning I did this to myself. So unfortunate was this. Please advise me what can be done as now all this expense has to go from my pocket. Is there a way out of this situation? Its a lot of stress to handle please let me know if anybody could come up with a solution. Or anybody could let me know anyone who does autobody repair in Calgary area who is good at dealing with such cases.
Thank you in advance
Aside from the issue that the tree jumped in front of the SUV and unless you are working more than us in the oilfield during a shutdown (14hours+ a day) I don't believe your overworked.

Here's what you need to know, vehicle will start whether or not air bags deployed, meaning you have other problems if it doesn't start.

How dislodged is the radiator? Maybe it's just plastic clips? Is it leaking?

If radiator isn't leaking, make sure it's secure and check your wiring for damage. Cut away all the air bags and start and drive. Slowly you can be fixing stuff at your own pace as money and time allows. A front bumper, hood, fender isn't too expensive if you go to a salvage yard and easy to replace with some basic tools, just make sure the colors match.

Once you swap out the shock sensor and see module, your vehicle won't know if it's been in an accident or not. And you can then start replacing your airbags if you still want them in the vehicle. Another way is to reset the eeprom chip in the srs module.

I don't see much stress to be honest. You need 2 things, 1 check the wiring (use a meter) and 2- make sure coolant isn't leaking. Once both are good you can run and drive and work on it at your own pace.
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Damn trees popping out of nowhere. How fast does one need to park in order for airbags to deploy LOL
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Hopefully that wonderful tree didn’t get hurt.

But I think OP you will have to open that wallet wide.

Good luck!
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Was it a sequoia ? Tree 1 : Toyota 0
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Akhurana wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 1:46 pm
I am in dire need of some good suggestion. While parking my car in my company parking lot I crashed into a tree in my company lot (less sleep overworked issues). My car (RAV 4 2018 LE AWD) got damaged on the front left. Radiator got dislocated also ALL air bags went off. It wont start anymore. To make it all worst my insurance expired on saturday and on Monday I was supposed to get all setup for my new insurance. I was with freaking Aviva life insurance apparently they do not auto renew. I was out of country for few months they sent me just a letter from Canadian post for the cancellation which was unclaimed because I was not in country. I came back to 4 days time frame in which I could take my insurance. I got a quote form a company on Friday and he did not get back to me till it was the time to leave for home. so I thought ok I will get it on Monday. Monday 08:30 in the morning I did this to myself. So unfortunate was this. Please advise me what can be done as now all this expense has to go from my pocket. Is there a way out of this situation? Its a lot of stress to handle please let me know if anybody could come up with a solution. Or anybody could let me know anyone who does autobody repair in Calgary area who is good at dealing with such cases.
Thank you in advance
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booblehead wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 6:31 pm
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Was it a sequoia ? Tree 1 : Toyota 0
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Akhurana wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 1:46 pm
I am in dire need of some good suggestion. While parking my car in my company parking lot I crashed into a tree in my company lot (less sleep overworked issues). My car (RAV 4 2018 LE AWD) got damaged on the front left. Radiator got dislocated also ALL air bags went off. It wont start anymore. To make it all worst my insurance expired on saturday and on Monday I was supposed to get all setup for my new insurance.
Wait wait wait...were you "parking your car" at work or were you trying to "auto-x" or "drunk drive" at work? LOL.

How does one hit a tree and do so, with enough force to basically total a car...while parking? Something doesn't seem right here.

Your best bet is to renew your insurance without telling them you crashed the car or whatever and then say you did it the day after or something. However since the car has probably been towed from your work, etc. and all those things would have dates on them, doubt this is gonna work for you. Plus, you know, it's fraud and all anyway LOL.

Sounds like you are majorly screwed here but honestly I don't buy you were just tired, minding your own business and "parking". Sounds like something much different went on here in the work parking lot but that's just my $0.02.
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booblehead wrote:
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Was it a sequoia ? Tree 1 : Toyota 0
Toyota Sequoia v. actual sequoia? :lol:
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Akhurana wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 1:46 pm
I am in dire need of some good suggestion. While parking my car in my company parking lot I crashed into a tree in my company lot (less sleep overworked issues). My car (RAV 4 2018 LE AWD) got damaged on the front left. Radiator got dislocated also ALL air bags went off. It wont start anymore. To make it all worst my insurance expired on saturday and on Monday I was supposed to get all setup for my new insurance. I was with freaking Aviva life insurance apparently they do not auto renew. I was out of country for few months they sent me just a letter from Canadian post for the cancellation which was unclaimed because I was not in country. I came back to 4 days time frame in which I could take my insurance. I got a quote form a company on Friday and he did not get back to me till it was the time to leave for home. so I thought ok I will get it on Monday. Monday 08:30 in the morning I did this to myself. So unfortunate was this. Please advise me what can be done as now all this expense has to go from my pocket. Is there a way out of this situation? Its a lot of stress to handle please let me know if anybody could come up with a solution. Or anybody could let me know anyone who does autobody repair in Calgary area who is good at dealing with such cases.
Thank you in advance
That sucks, but in the bright side of things at least you aren’t getting sued for $1,000,000 for hitting and injuring a pedestrian, or you didn’t hit another vehicle and have to repair 2 vehicles out of pocket.

Can you post a few pictures of the damage? From front, side, and open the hood and get some pics of the damage to the radiator area.
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If you had the accident between the time your "old" insurance had expired and before you were "supposed to set up" your new insurance (i.e. the period where you had no coverage) - you were violating the law by driving without insurance.

If you had coverage from your old provider (now expired) when you had the accident - you had coverage - make your claim with them.
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plymouthhater wrote:
Aug 14th, 2019 10:15 am
If you had the accident between the time your "old" insurance had expired and before you were "supposed to set up" your new insurance (i.e. the period where you had no coverage) - you were violating the law by driving without insurance.

If you had coverage from your old provider (now expired) when you had the accident - you had coverage - make your claim with them.
Yep, basically this OP. It's hard to have sympathy for you here because you were driving without insurance, which is illegal, plain and simple. It's really not hard to be a responsible adult and do these things a couple weeks in advance instead of waiting until the last minute. You can set up a car insurance plan and have it start in a couple weeks instead of immediately. There's really no good excuse for driving uninsured.

And as others have stated, I'm also extremely skeptical that you're leaving out key details. One does not simple "hit a tree while parking" and set off all the air bags. If you were in a parking lot and driving at parking lot speeds, that should have been a ruined bumper and maybe a headlight at worst.

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