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06-03-03, 08:13 AM   #1  
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My parked car was hit in the rear quarter yesterday by a truck backing out of a side street. Moved the car 5" sideways. Have not taken it to a body shop yet but wanted to know how they can tell if the body has flexed? The car was hit on the passengers side and now the drivers door is difficult to close and the rear door on the drivers side near the back of the window has a small bow to it, also the hood was difficult to open. Any info would be appreciated.

 
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06-03-03, 08:29 AM   #2  
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It can be put on a chassis machine and compared to the OEM dimensions to see if any damage was done. A job for a professional shop.

The type of car would be a help though...

 
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06-03-03, 08:35 AM   #3  
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The car is a 95 Olds Cutlass Supreme SL, 4 door.

 
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06-03-03, 08:49 AM   #4  
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That's unibody construction so the integrity is very important. Have a competent shop do the repairs and make sure they return the dimensions back to OEM specs.

 
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06-03-03, 09:01 AM   #5  
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Thank you Joe. Will have it appraised by a local dealer (hopefully competent) as soon as I hear from the truck drivers insurance company.

 
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