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My 2000 Insight was broadsided on the passenger side by a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Passenger side a mess, but they said it is fixable and no one seriously hurt. My question is, what about the batteries? Has anyone had experience. Should I ask the body shop to pull up the plate and take a look at them, or should I go to my dealer and have them checked? Perhaps it is not necessary at all to check them since they are on the opposite side?
 

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Unless the battery compartment was compressed or damaged in some way, I would guess that the batteries are probably OK. But that's just me guessing, without knowing the extent of damage to your poor little Insight.

I would say that body shop employees are not qualified to do an inspection on the battery pack. Nor would I ask them to do it, because of the safety concerns.

If it seems like it should be looked at, call a local Honda dealer and explain what happened and see if they have someone qualified.

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See what the insurance company will do for getting mechanics and body shops to look at the car, I should have done that because I'm worried that my current CEL light might have been caused by the read-end accident I had three months ago and I already got my repairs completed (battery pack was safe im my accident). I'm not sure exactly what my rights are now if the mechanical damage can be traced to the accident.
 

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Make sure when the body shop puts your Insight in the oven to cure the paint that they don't exceed 65 degrees Celcius (i believe) that is shown in the decal when you open the door. Temperatures higher then this will damage the battery pack.
 

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just make sure that the shop yer car is at has the equipment to weld aluminum to steel.....

and they have a direct link to a honda dealership....

expect to wait a while....i waited six months....with three additional fix it months.....
 

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expect to wait a while....i waited six months....with three additional fix it months.....
That's hard to believe :shock: I've had three collisions with deer,(almost got number four this morning), just body damage, and the longest I waited was about ten days, the last time only a couple of days. Of course you may have had more extensive damage than me.
 

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I'd check myself and see if there is any intrusion on the battery and electronics box. It's easy. Open the rear hatch and open the storage box lid. Pull the lining out like you are going to get to your spare tire. In the dead space where the japanese Navigation brain would go on the passenger side there is some more dead space on the far side that goes down the length of the IMA box. So long as the box is not hit it should be fine. If it makes it any easier you can remove the flat little trunk floor piece with two bolts and two plastic pop connectors.

One consideration, when they paint the panels make sure they do not bake the car, this will harm the IMA pack. There's a decal in the drivers side door sill that explains this.
 

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[/quote] Of course you may have had more extensive damage than me.[/quote]

i take it you had no frame damage or IMA component failures after your repair(s)! :roll:
 

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i take it you had no frame damage or IMA component failures after your repair(s)! :roll:
No frame damage or IMA problems, just body damage. I was lucky and didn't hit any of the deer directly head-on. Two actually ran into the side of my car in exactly the same place :? I think they are attracted to my driver side mirror :( Still, even with frame damage and IMA problems, waiting nine months is ridiculous :!:
 

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[/quote] Still, even with frame damage and IMA problems, waiting nine months is ridiculous :!:[/quote]

i couldn't agree more....

did imention 5 different rental cars and two honda dealerships??
 

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trunkout: Just curious where you are. I want to stay away from the Honda dealerships in your area.
 

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Thanks for the advice on what to look for and ask for my repair. I was reassured when I next talked to the repair shop that they had already checked the battery compartment as well as the connections. They had also been in direct contact with Honda (luckily since the local dealer leaves much to be desired) and knew about the baking restriction for paint. They are going to ship my car to Indiana ( I live in Central IL) because of the aluminum issue and to get my car back to me in a couple of weeks. Thanks again.
 

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trunkout has reported KCMO in other threads. My read, Kansas City, MO. Too far from home to be a concern for either of us Bill :!: :)
You never know where you might be traveling to. I drove thru KC last year. It's always nice to know which dealers to avoid in case you have car trouble :wink:
 

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you guys are right!!!

Suburb shops to avoid like the plague:

Lee's Summit Honda

Jay Wolfe Honda

Both have NO CLUE how to fix this car.

When in KC......Independence Honda (15 miles east of KC).

Trust Me.
 

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Is there a list?

How about a compiled list of crappy dealers arouind the country that we've had bad work from or a list of good shops? No doubt a shorter list :lol:
 
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