Hit a deer shop fixed the body work but did not really inspect the undercarriage especially the bottom of radiator where the transmission lines start and were knocked loose crimping one line and after 60 miles of me driving it fixing damage trans went out

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Insurance Question from Donalsonville, GA

Asked on 04/08/2019

Hit a deer shop fixed the body work but did not really inspect the undercarriage especially the bottom of radiator where the transmission lines start and were knocked loose crimping one line and after 60 miles of me driving it fixing damage trans went out Never had a problems with transmission went out after hitting the deer due to lines being compromised

Answer given on April 14, 2019

You need to talk to the body shop about this damage. Presuming the deer got under the car, and if they agree that the damage was done by the collision with the deer, they need to call your insurance company and discuss this with them.  Your insurance company may not be willing to pay to replace the transmission, since it was not damaged until they missed the damage and you drove it.  If that is the case, you need to ask the body shop to pay to replace the transmission, or fix it, whichever works.  If they decline, then you may have to get an attorney and sue them for the cost of the transmission. 

Hopefully, you can work this out between the insurance company and the body shop. Apparently an adjuster was not involved with checking the car for damage, or if he did, he did not find the damaged lines either. 


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