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Sound familiar?

Tonight, deer ran head first into the side of my G6, not even 2 full days old, and did significant damage.

I never even had a chance to take pictures of the car since I got it, because of the rain. So the first DECENT pictures you get to see are those with significant body damage. =(

Heading home from work around 4:30 am, minding my own damn business. Going down a pretty major highway...during the day is packed, at night even has significant traffic. All of a sudden, from the center of the median, is a deer head. I hear myself scream "OH F***!" and I slam on the brakes. Not sure why. Might have actually saved the car if I floored it...but who knows. I heard the crunch of steel. I knew something happened. Car was driving fine, but I pull over. I get out and inspect. Massive dents in the rear quarter panel. I couldn't believe it. I wasn't even emotional or anything like the last time. I think because I was in shock it had actually happened again. I activated OnStar (thank GOD for that!). I tell them what happened, they're like "is everyone ok, were you able to safely pull off the road." I tell them I'm fine...except for the emotional distress of having had an accident in a car that is so new, the dealer hasn't even cashed the fricken check yet. We laugh. Sort of. They pinpoint my location in seconds and call the police for me. About 5 minutes later, they arrive. I get out and look with them. Mostly rear quarter panel. Mirror is gone. That's all we could see on the side of the road with a flashlight. They take my info, and one of the two police guys even starts asking me about it...he liked it. Was like "this is a really nice car, what'd you pay?" "I tell him...and then go..."it WAS a really nice car." They then tell me that I was the third reported deer hit of the night on that stretch of road.

After that...start my drive home. About 20 minutes away at this point...terrified to go anything over 45 or so (keeping in mind route 9 is a 55+ road). About 20 minutes later...I'm driving down a different road...and up ahead...I SEE ANOTHER DEER move near the road...I got all over the horn and slowed down almost to a stop...I didn't care there were houses around. I was so freaked out, I didnt' move until he was far away from the road...kept going...and get to my road eventually..and yes...again...several deer hanging out by the road. I couldn't believe it. Get home, pull it in the garage. Surveyed the damage. Was worse then I could tell. Rear quarter panel. Door panel. A pillar steel is damaged. Mirror is annihilated. Door seals is messed up. It's pretty screwed up. I finally realized the significance of the damage, and kinda lost a hold of my emotions...but yeah...here are initial pics...in these, we've managed to remove the remnants of the mirror...but you can get an idea of what kinda damage there is on the side...

Going to the dealer Monday for an estimate and to make sure more damage wasn't done...

I sit here wondering, if I HAD managed to find a car with side airbags...would they have deployed? I seriously wonder...

Oh...and wanna know the kicker? I wasn't supposed to work tonight. But they had to do a schedule swap because of a seminar I have to go to this week...and they said I work tonight, and get off Monday.

I'll report back with more info as it becomes available...







This WAS my mirror...
 

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Ouch... well hopefully you can get it fixed to your satisfaction... We have a big problem with 'suicidal deer' where I live. In any given year we probably have 10 actual collisions with our cruisers and another 10 or so close calls. In my personal vehicles, I have had a couple of close calls.
 

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Sorry to hear that. The Owners Club is good to have for sympathy. I got hit last week - not by a deer, but by a Ford Explorer. Everybody on this site are great. I hope your fix costs less than mine :)
 

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RAGINGFISH

i know you may not think so right now, but looks like you AND your Coupe were very lucky. i've seen some really nasty deer hits and yours looks rather mild. still, doesn't make you feel any better, especially since you've only had it TWO DAYS!!!

hey, BOBG, "cruisers"? are you like a 'cop' or something???? they're the only ones i know that use THAT word regularly.........inquiring minds want to know!!
 

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Ouch! That sucks.

I've had mine about a month and a half and I've had to dodge at least 20 of those things myself! The ones in front of you aren't so bad, it's the ones that attack you from the side that are hard to miss.

I drive a twisty mountain road for 40 miles one-way to work and I've been very lucky so far to have missed them all, but I know it's just a matter of time.
 

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bigbengt67 said:
Sorry to hear about that, actually it doesn't look that bad, should come out as good as new. I hate focking deer!
.....excuse me, to be politically correct, shouldn't you say "intercoursing" deer?
 

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hey, BOBG, "cruisers"? are you like a 'cop' or something???? they're the only ones i know that use THAT word regularly.........inquiring minds want to know!!
Yep, as of Dec. 15 it will be 31 years at it. 21 1/2 of it where I am currently at the Sheriff's Dept. I've been wanting to retire but can't afford to live on it. So, I'm looking for other employment--I'm burnt out.
 

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Bob G said:
Yep, as of Dec. 15 it will be 31 years at it. 21 1/2 of it where I am currently at the Sheriff's Dept. I've been wanting to retire but can't afford to live on it. So, I'm looking for other employment--I'm burnt out.
hey, good luck with retirement. i can understand getting burned out. that's got to be the most stressfull job, well that and air traffic controller. ive' got some friends who are on I.P.D. and the Sheriffs Dept and i don't see how they do it. probably the most thankless job. years ago i took the test for Indiana State Trooper and actually PASSED, but my eye sight was too bad without my glasses. so i had only one choice left, i became a Basketball Official!! ha ha, just kidding.

again, GOOD LUCK with the retirement thing......
 

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Sorry to hear about your accident. Deer are beautiful animals, but they are so stupid!! I used to get very upset when my Dad would go deer hunting in the fall and winter until one of my friends hit a deer in my Z28, actual the deer hit us ($5000 worth of damage to a Z28 that was made when cars were all metal, not fiberglass) !! After that I was like "take 'em all out!!" :mad: Have had no problems with deer hunters after that!! :p
 

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sorry to hear about your accident ....i know sometimes these animals are out there on the raod....for me I hit a goose with my G6 although it was no damage when I inspected my car but I couldn't stop why are these things are out on the road anyways.
 

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Went to the dealer today for an estimate. They said anywhere from $2000 to $4000, depending on what can be pulled out, and what needs replacement. Repair time likely would take 3 weeks or more. I told them order a mirror, and the body work will just have to wait until I'm ready to deal with it...
 

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Car has been in the shop since the 8th...found out yesterday some part was delayed, and it is not looking likely that I'll have the car back before thanksgiving...*sigh* this is REALLY aggrevating...
 

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Sorry to hear about that Ragingfish....I was on my way home a month after picking up my G6 GT and same thing man...ran out from the side of me and crunched my front driver side Fender....not as bad as yours man but still.

I hope all works out for you. I still have a daily reminder as its not repaired yet.

Good luck...stay safe!

SBM
 
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