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I finally bought this wonderful Touareg, 2014 R-Line. I have had no issues and it drives like a dream until last night. A deer decided to run across the highway and i hit it at highway speeds, prob 55-60mph. Thankfully nobody was hurt and I didn't get smashed when he car just shut down on the highway.

I am wondering if anyone has had damage to their Touareg and can determine if this will be totaled, rough thoughts. I really don't want it back due to the amount of damage. I know I will lose financially, but I doubt it will ever ride the same and would rather start over.

It is currently at a VW certified Body Shop at my servicing dealership. I have read different threads and spoke with numerous people all with different thoughts. Just trying to see if someone has had a similar experience and can share.

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Crash system cut all electrical power when the airbags are deployed.

My best guess is 8K to 10K in damage. Probably 4K to 5K if the airbags had not deployed. A good body shop can make it as good as new. A bad shop... Well, just make sure you go to a good shop.

Be patient. It will take 4 to 6 weeks just to get all the parts.
 

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Thanks for the info, it seems much worse based on how far back the fender was pushed along with under the hood and fluid loss.

It felt like a wall, no chance to stop it just ran across the highway.
 

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I'm guessing more damage than you thing. I had a similar accident in my 2006. One airbag went off. Everything on my 2006 came to 16K damage and it looked not even as half as bad as this one. Not sure in your state but in Ohio if the damage is more than 75% of the true value of the car then it's totaled.
 

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Maybe its time for a TDI :-/
 

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I'd have said it is perfectly repairable since it looks to be just a PPP fix - panels, parts and paint - but no chassis work.

It will be interesting to see what the loss adjuster comes up with.
 

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IJust trying to see if someone has had a similar experience and can share.
I hit a deer straight on December 2014. No air bag deployment, less, but similar damage. New radiator supports, left headlight assembly, pulled wrinkle out of front left fender, new grille, badge, bumper facia, trim clips for wheel trim.

$6K for the repair. Looks like you took a harder hit (appears to be straight on), but it's highly unlikely its anywhere close to being totaled. With airbags, you are probably looking at a $12 - 15K repair. A good shop will make it look like new again. It took over 4 weeks to get the parts.
 

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Some insurance companies just total vehicles if the airbags fire.
 

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Thanks for all of the feedback, this is a great community. I will definitely share the estimate which i suspect to be high, I bet the headlight is a few hundred alone plus any other engine work, radiator for sure and anything else close.

I don't know the actual value but 75-80% of the value has to be around 30K. Fingers crossed that it doesn't get repaired.
 

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There is really not that much damage, mostly plastic bits. But the airbag deployment might push them over the edge. :- /

If the passenger side airbag fired, the dash cover replacement can't be cheap.
 

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really don't want it back due to the amount of damage. I know I will lose financially, but I doubt it will ever ride the same and would rather start over.

It is currently at a VW certified Body Shop at my servicing dealership.
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I think you would be surprised how good a certified shop can bring a smashed car back to original condition.

Been there, but with a Jetta, you would never know after repairs. I wanted to unload too at the time, but it would have been the wrong decision. My airbags didn't deploy, but because someone side swiped me I got a new complete side (front to back) including new door skins and rear quarter panel replaced. Looked amazing, like it never happened.
 

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I had a woman, 18 yo girl, back into me while backing out of her driveway, she kept on backing and backing and when I had beeped the horn to warn her of how close she was, she stepped on the gas and backed right into the front of my T3. No airbags got set off and no headlights needed to be replaced, but the damage totaled almost $6,000. Nuts!
 

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Usually airbag deployment = total.

They typically don't repair if the cost exceeds 50% of the value of the car, from my experience.
 

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Figure $500 to $1000 per panel, plus $2000 per airbag.
$1000 for the radiator.
Add $2000 for any damage behind the grill if the mounts moved.
Do all the doors open smooth?
Is that right fender pushed back?
 

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It is slightly pushed back, not rubbing but the gap is small. First estimate between auto body and adjuster is 15K, should be getting inside shop to disassemble and see what else is damaged. He expects a few supplements as the process starts. Based on first look they are saying no suspension impact, just cosmetic. We will see what happens when they take it apart.

So far the repair was written to use all VW OEM parts will be used except the AC Condensor.
 

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How long have you had it? You might get more for it that you think if it is declared a total loss.

Here's my thread on a not dissimilar amount of damage when I rear ended someone from a stop. Initial estimate was about the same as yours, then they started opening things up. I forget, but it was $25-$28k when my insurance company declared it totaled. I got full purchase price back.

Every state though has different calculations for when a vehicle is considered totaled. I'd look into yours.

Best of luck!
 

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I have had it just under a year, next week will be 1 year. I really want it to be totaled, keeping my fingers crossed that they find something once they take it apart. Not sure what could be damaged bone the AC Condenser and Radiator, but there has to be something expensive back there.

What made the damage go up so high on yours once they opened it up ?

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I'm sorry but I can't recall specifics, but parts are just crazy expensive period so it doesn't take much. IIRC just the B pillar covers were something like $500 a piece for molded plastic...they had to be replaced because of air bag deployment.
 
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