Rock DamageA chunk of concrete was bounding down the freeway on the way to work on Wednesday, 6 November. I saw it hit the highway in front of me and then it hit the front of the car and then I heard it hit the back of the car. It may have been dropped by one of the big dirt carriers used for highway construction and then was picked up by the 18-wheeler in front of me and thrown up into the air, but I never saw that. A freak occurrence that seemed to be rock from the sky.
The insurance company inspected the damage and gave me a check that matches their estimate of what it will cost to fix the car. The body shop then did their inspection and brought the insurance adjuster back to the shop and they agreed to replace both the hood and the rear window. An additional check was sent to me covering this additional work.
I have decided to add to the job by having the two fenders, the bumper and the passenger door painted at the same time. This is work I had planned to do last summer, but postponed because of budget issues.
An earlier repair used a thick layer of bondo. You can see in the first picture below how it cracked. This material is porous to moisture and if not very well sealed can provide a conduit to water making its way to the metal surface and eventually forming rust. That has happened to the old hood.
A new hood was found in Germany.
A new rear window was found at the PCNA warehouse in Atlanta. All of a sudden 4 windows without tint and without defrost wires appeared on the inventory. We got one of them.
In addition to the hood and rear window that the insurance assisted in paying for, the two front fenders, bumper and passenger door will be refinished.
The Final Result