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Driving on the interstate last Friday in a pretty good rain when suddenly all the cars in front of me jammed on their brakes. I did the same and pulled as close to the guardrail as I could on my left but still sustained damage on the right side. I don't even know exactly how the damage occurred because everything happened so quick. Considering there were at least 15 other vehicles involved and every other vehicle around me had heavy damage, I got lucky.

Has anybody had to get their new Sonata repaired? I worry about them being able to match the paint as I know from experience that matching these colors perfectly today with the heavy metallic is almost impossible. Not to mention the availability of parts. Car only has 3500 miles on it 馃檨
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I would ask your dealer if they recommend a place. Being a new car, the may know where to send you. Surely you are not the only one who have had an accident. Good luck!
 

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I would ask your dealer if they recommend a place. Being a new car, the may know where to send you. Surely you are not the only one who have had an accident. Good luck!
My initial plan was to have the body shop at the dealership do the work but from looking on their website they appear to list an independent body shop.

I plan to call them today to see what they say.
 

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So would it be fair to suggest that you were traveling too fast for the local conditions or that you failed to keep adequate distance between the car in front and yourself ? Any other extenuating circumstances???
 

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I feel your pain. I just flat out didn鈥檛 see a post hidden by my A pillar and sideswiped it. 2,650ish miles on it.
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I had to replace the side mirror on my 2017 Optima SXL. $575 not-installed or painted. Hope the mirror here isn't nearly as expensive! My colored cover wasn't damanaged, just the rest of the mirror so I reused it and didn't have to paint, and a buddy of mine had the tools and patience to replace it for me for a couple beers :)
 

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About a year ago I bought a used 2016 Elantra that was in accident when it was roughly a year old. It appears that new body panels were used and they were painted in the factory. I don't know if this possible but I can't see any evidence they were painted in a body shop.
 

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Ugh that sucks sensors didn't pick up that pole, goes to show we can't rely on these sensors, we still have to use mirrors and turn our heads and actually look.
 

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So would it be fair to suggest that you were traveling too fast for the local conditions or that you failed to keep adequate distance between the car in front and yourself ? Any other extenuating circumstances???
So would it be fair to suggest that you are being a dick or you just like to pour salt into another persons wound? Any other extenuating circumstances for your post?
 

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Just trying to perform a root cause analysis. This accident being in August , its fair to assume that snow or ice did not contribute. Too many drivers these days fail to acknowledge their contributions to fender benders. Dont think your post contributes much to the discussion .
 

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Just trying to perform a root cause analysis. This accident being in August , its fair to assume that snow or ice did not contribute. Too many drivers these days fail to acknowledge their contributions to fender benders. Dont think your post contributes much to the discussion .
Lol....let's look at his very first sentence.
"Driving on the interstate last Friday in a pretty good rain when suddenly all the cars in front of me jammed on their brakes."
Pretty sure your "root cause" is listed right there. No where did I see him "fail to acknowledge his contribution" to the accident.
Poor guy had an accident in his new car, and regardless of fault, is looking for some recommendations, not someone to analyze the accident.
 

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So would it be fair to suggest that you were traveling too fast for the local conditions or that you failed to keep adequate distance between the car in front and yourself ? Any other extenuating circumstances???
Have to agree, he was pretty clear what happened. Considering he had to avoid 15 other cars driving into guard rail in rain it's incredible to me that's all the dmg he had.

Even if he had a good 4-6 second spacing with rain and cars in front piling up sudden stop, still wouldn't stop in time.
 

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Everybody was driving below the posted speed limit due to the rain and I personally had more space than usual between myself and the vehicle in front of me considering it was heavy afternoon traffic on an interstate. There was simply no avoiding this one. Every single vehicle around me sustained heavy damage (see pictures). Including an F-250 towing a large travel trailer which was either directly behind me or two vehicles behind me. Thankfully (for me, selfishly) he decided to swerve across the lanes of traffic, took the side of his trailer off when he hit the corner of a tractor trailer and proceeded to slam into other vehicles.

I was as close to the guardrail on my left as I could get without making contact. Literally only a few inches away from it and my right passenger mirror was actually touching the bed of a truck to my right. I had to back up to even get out of my car.

It was one of those times where it was immediately obvious that contact would be made and I just had to hope things didn't turn out horribly. Thankfully I got extremely lucky and came away with far less damage than vehicles around me.
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It was terrifying looking in the rear view mirror after I had come to a stop and seeing that tractor trailer wrecking and wondering if he was going to make it up to me.

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That is the tractor trailer the F-250 hit with his trailer at the least.
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I was originally between the guardrail and that white Ram. There is a car sandwiched between that white Ram and the work truck in front of him.
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The F-250's front end was smashed back to the front wheels. We had to sit on the interstate so long waiting for all the vehicles to be cleared that the rain stopped and the sun had come out.
 

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Sorry for your accidents, that sucks. As for matching the paint I think that will depend on the shop. Some places are amazing and some aren't. Maybe you can see how it turns out and how it looks after awhile. Good luck!
 

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A good body shop can match the perfectly. Most colors have more then one variation on shade. Sprayouts help with the perfect match.
 

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Just trying to perform a root cause analysis. This accident being in August , its fair to assume that snow or ice did not contribute. Too many drivers these days fail to acknowledge their contributions to fender benders. Dont think your post contributes much to the discussion .
Lol....let's look at his very first sentence.
"Driving on the interstate last Friday in a pretty good rain when suddenly all the cars in front of me jammed on their brakes."
Pretty sure your "root cause" is listed right there. No where did I see him "fail to acknowledge his contribution" to the accident.
Poor guy had an accident in his new car, and regardless of fault, is looking for some recommendations, not someone to analyze the accident.
.CConklin1, I was going to say the same thing but I will just second your reply/comment to Miningman1. Being he came back with the same song & dance, I don't think he is teachable. We are talking to a dickhead.
 
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