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Had a friend of mine who does paint & body work look at the pictures. He said Ford probably has a roof panel that starts at the top of the window and goes all the way to the back of the Transit. You would have to have the solar panels removed and the complete roof panel would be cut off and replaced with the new panel. Headliner would have to come out. New panel would be welded in and painted. Doing this would be the correct way to make it look close to the factory installation.
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I'm sure the valet feels horrible, how could he not? And I bet he never makes that mistake again!
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My sympathies about the damage, that's a real shame. When I lived in New York my Audi was driven into a post by a valet. After doing some research I took it to C and D Auto in South Hackensack, NJ. They aren't cheap but they do things properly there. And I guess price isn't a concern since you aren't paying. The owner Matt spent a lot of time explaining everything to me and even showing me how they corrected some sloppy work they found from a previous job that was done on a door panel. I was very happy with the quality of the work and the communication, I recommend you at least give them a call.

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Salvage

Early on in my search for a Transit I found many salvaged units (I gotta a friend, yada yada yada) there was a high roof that was driven to a medium roof (see what I did there?). The vehicle was declared a total loss. Granted, there was some A-pillar involvement but the damage was really not that much worse than yours.

I considered buying it ($11000) and fixing it ($5500) but at the end of the day I really didn't want a high roof. It was a nice van, in dark blue and ALL the toys.

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Wow, you guys are really fantastic! Seriously good information and empathy, and at this point I can use both, (and a lot of beer)

1. I will give C and D Auto in South Hackensack, NJ a call tomorrow - Thanks for the tip!
2. Thanks too for the schematic, part numbers and pricing for the roof panels
3.Since the vehicle is practically new (one year old and <8k miles) the insurance company really should pay for a brand new roof, right?
4. Is it my decision to get compensated for the cost of replacing the roof but opt to have the old roof banged out?
5. Yes, I am sure the valet feels bad. Actually I was an Alfa Romeo mechanic back in my early 20's and crashed a customer's car on a 5,000 mile test drive after routine servicing. Amazingly the guy forgave me, we became friends and I became his personal mechanic after that. That guy is going straight to heaven. That guy's behavior was what motivated me to take this incident in stride.

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Hi Rick,

Sorry your HR was smashed, it is your option to get an estimate and take the check for the amount of that estimate. The catch there of course is if there's more damage that banging/priming/painting alone will not fix.

A great example of more damage is I ran into a snow mound with my 2010 Acura with a decent thwack, no airbags deployed and there was a good size dent in the bumper but nothing else. It took over 3 months for the car to be fixed, and insurance had to pay more than 13k because one of the roof ribs popped loose. The whole roof (alternator, fog light lens, head light lens, bumper cover and bumper support) was replaced and I was able to trade it in without an issue afterwards.

Depending upon how the Valet Company's insurance works/who they are, they may fight tooth n nail to not replace the roof. Roof replacement depends heavily on what the body shop's opinion is of the damage as well.

If it makes you feel any better our Transit got rear-ended by a 17 year old kid that was initially stopped but started to go when no one else was. Our damage was only estimated at ~$250 + kids car seats (~$1300)

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Thanks for the warning about the possibility of hidden damage that a quick repair job might not uncover. Sorry your Transit got hit, no matter how serious or minor it is, it is never a good thing.

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Do not settle for just the repairs as now your vehicle will have a bad carfax report so the value of your vehicle is worthless when it's time to sell.......in the buyers eyes that is. Is it worth bringing a diminished value claim against the at-fault driver...or the insurance company?
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Do not settle for just the repairs as now your vehicle will have a bad carfax report so the value of your vehicle is worthless when it's time to sell.......in the buyers eyes that is. Is it worth bringing a diminished value claim against the at-fault driver...or the insurance company?
The scary thing about this is there are a number of situations where CarFax may not necessarily pick this up. Where this was a 1 vehicle accident it depends if a police report was created or how insurance reports the incident.

I didn't check the credentials of this source (shame on me) but here's a site describing how or why things are missed by CarFax:

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/carfa...535de4e1b.html

The example I gave previously of my Acura MDX that had 13k in damages when all was said and done may be one such example. The dealership gave me a decent bit over the 17k value (NADA) of that car in 'Pretty Good' condition 18 months later.

Back to the hidden damages my initial quote for the rear-end collision on my Transit was $250 (bumper cover), now we're upto 872.30 parts+238.50 labor and 4.80 in materials --- 1163.84 (impact bar, parking sensor, and something with the tow hitch).

It's crazy how a small rear-end collision could already cost ~$2400 including kids car seats. I often wonder why these collision places both offering estimates at all...

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