I wonder if a brush guard would've helped. I travel down highways where deer are frequently hit, it doesn't take much to have a few thousand in damage. One issue I recall reading about brush guards is that they can affect the air bag deployment too.
reminds me I need to install my deer whistles, not sure they do anything, hopefully they don't attract deer to run out in front of me!
__________________ 2008 WK "S" Limited bright metallic silver exterior, light graystone interior, 5 speed W5J400 transmission, June 18/2008 build, C213RE rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio, C200FE front differential with 3.73 axle ratio, 245/60R18 Goodyear Fortera tires (stock summer tires), NV245 transfer case, GT2056V turbo, 3.0L CRD (OM642.980)
The air bags didnt deploy. I got down to around 40mph before I hit it. The tow truck driver said he works in a body shop, and he has seen them totaled for less... But other that plastic, some sheet metal, and a trans cooler, I didnt see anything wrong with it. The gap between the fender and passenger door look good compared to the drivers side. I might just get my jeep back.
Had the same experience with my '07 CRD... 1400 miles and wham... deer HITS ME in the left front fender.... Hood, fender, all of the front (no coolers thankfully) both doors on the left side etc.... 7800$ to fix ... still waiting for a inside door panel for drivers door... good luck with that under the current circumstances....air bags didn't deploy on mine either.
The important thing here is that you weren't seriously injured.....always got to think positive. It is very difficult to tell sometimes how bad something is damaged until you start tearing into it. I personally had a vehicle go from a $7,200 it can be fixed to 5 months and then ultimately a 30k total loss claim. Of course the important thing here is that it can be replaced and you are okay. Just make sure the insurance does it right and doesn't cut corner....nice ride BTW.
__________________ SOLD 2008 WK CRD Limited 4x4 - Jeep Green
On memorial day I was towing my ATV back from the trail when a 4 door 2006 Pontiac Bonneville drove in front of me and I hit her in the drivers door. The estimate was $2100 for my Jeep and $5000 for her car-I won. The air bag didn't deploy in this case either so I need one fender repainted and adjusted, a new bumper and cross beam, a new headlight and a wheel alignment, the Jeep is tougher than I thought.
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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, 5.7 Liter Hemi no Mods So Far.