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I got T-boned a few weeks ago, just forward of Driver's door. My Venue held up well, I didn't have even a bump. Air bags deployed, all of them. Couldn't get out of driver seat, but crawled over to passenger side and exited.
Cop was a model of efficiency and courtesy. He did tell me that usually airbag deployment totals the car.
Long story short, insurance reimbursed me everything, minus my 1k deductible. Came out to about all my costs.
But my sweet Venue is no more. Insurance sold it to a "salvage" company. Somebody in the know told me that the company will ship the car to a developing country, have the repairs done at super cheap labor rates, and move it into retail. Apparently cars are worth more than lives in some places, so it will get a new title and, and some aspiring person will get a practically new car at an affordable price.
Everybody wins, I guess, me, the insurance company, the salvage company, and the buyer, as long :confused:as the airbags are properly fixed.
Still sad and lonely, one lovely TV ride.
 

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Sad to hear. I got T-Boned, too.
I got hit at the center of the car so it hit just right where the frame took most of the damage and the car still drives.

Are you at fault?

If you aren't at fault, why did you go through your insurance?
 

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The Venue is dead! Long live the Venue!

I assume you weren't hurt, which of course is a blessing.

Will you get another Venue? Or are you moving on to something else?
 

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Sad to hear. I got T-Boned, too.
I got hit at the center of the car so it hit just right where the frame took most of the damage and the car still drives.

Are you at fault?

If you aren't at fault, why did you go through your insurance?
Fault couldn't be determined because of both drivers' claim that they had the light. No witnesses, no traffic camera. Thankfully no casualties .
 

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The Venue is dead! Long live the Venue!

I assume you weren't hurt, which of course is a blessing.

Will you get another Venue? Or are you moving on to something else?
Thanks for your inter3st
I'm not sure. My wife and I are retired, and live in a well located "active" adult community, At the time of the accident my Venue was eight months old and the odometer was at 3k. Monthly was: insurance 100, and loan was 300. Almost 5k per annum. An indulgence, not a necessity. Our 2018 Tucson only has 50k and is fine. Ideally I would get another Venue and eventually pass it on to my college senior granddaughter, but she hates cars.
So I've got a 1st world oldie dilemma. Sure I loved my Venue, and if I find we need a second car, I'd consider one. It's a great car.
 

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Thanks for your inter3st
I'm not sure. My wife and I are retired, and live in a well located "active" adult community, At the time of the accident my Venue was eight months old and the odometer was at 3k. Monthly was: insurance 100, and loan was 300. Almost 5k per annum. An indulgence, not a necessity. Our 2018 Tucson only has 50k and is fine. Ideally I would get another Venue and eventually pass it on to my college senior granddaughter, but she hates cars.
So I've got a 1st world oldie dilemma. Sure I loved my Venue, and if I find we need a second car, I'd consider one. It's a great car.
wait, are you the one who was t-boned? The OP of this thread is @Littlebluenumber!
 

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wait, are you the one who was t-boned?thought The OP of this thread is @Littlebluenumber!year
That is me! I thought forum names were used on all replies. I will check this out. As I've said, insurance and loan payments were running 5k a year, but I was only driving 5k miles a year. So I'm still figuring out options.
Great car, seems like every one here loves it.
 

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Sorry to hear about the accident. I am glad you weren't hurt. That's the important thing.

I'd be surprised if the 3rd world country replaces any of the airbags (maybe just the steering wheel and passenger side ones if that). They'll probably just do the bodywork. But they can't afford the luxuries and safety perks that we have in the USA/Canada/western Europe.

Sad but true. But to get a modern fuel-efficient vehicle with a great AC for a low price is important in places like India.

My mechanic dad had a friend who was a body man. This was like the late '80s to early '90s. He loved those '87 and up Chrysler LeBarons because they had driver airbags, so the insurance co's totaled them a lot when the airbag blew, as it added $$$$ ($1,500 or something) to the cost to replace them thus they were totaled with relatively minor body work (not even frame damage). He'd just do the bodywork/paint and sell the vehicle AS-IS/salvage with no airbag.

We bought a few cars from him. My older brother bought an '86 Toyota base model truck with the manual tranny and no options off him for I think $1800 or something in 1991. It had been used by a courier co. and it had like 200k miles when an employee got into a wreck. Dad's body man buddy bought it at auction for like $500 and spent another $1,000 in parts and labor to get it straight again. No airbags to mess around with.

My brother put another 200k on it over the next 10 years. It had 400k and was still reliable and running well in like 2001, but my brother had a new family and just wanted it sold. Only had a 1 car parking spot, and his wife didn't drive. He sold it for like $1,200. It still ran well. :) Though it did need a motor mount. It was shakey.
 

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Thanks for your sympathy. Quite right that the foreign "reconditioners" probably fudge the airbags, I just didn't want libel issues. I also agree that Third Worlders are getting a vehicle with probable 300k life expectancy, great fuel economy, etc. This was my first accident in an airbag equipped car. Of course I was belted, but the bags prevented any bruising, so I was glad to have them. Still, I'd like to think that a nice Nigerian family will be driving a better car than they could have afforded, and that they'll be sensible about seat belts.
 
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