Who would think just running over a large rock or a chunk of something very hard on a busy interstate would total a new car?
But that’s what happened to the owner of a 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, who reported his misfortune on Corvette Forum.
The post, made by cdm85-521, recounts the sad incident:
I had the misfortune of being on an extremely busy interstate about a month ago when a vehicle in front of me went over a large rock or chuck of something VERY hard. This interstate is eight lanes wide where I was at and vehicles were all around me doing 70+/- mph, so I had no where to go and I couldn’t stop without causing accidents for others. I tried to straddle it, but it hit a number of places under the car, but luckily it missed anything with fluids. One big problem right now is the dealer has shown me pictures of a rear structural member that has a crack. They are calling it a rear transmission tunnel and indicating it is a non-serviceable part, not offered by Chevrolet. $7,600 damages without buying this part and the associated labor. Anyone have any similar experience? I may end up with a totaled car that still looks perfect.
Naturally, cdm85-521’s insurance company didn’t quite buy that explanation from Chevrolet, which insisted that it wouldn’t be safe to just weld this tiny crack, nor would it be OK to replace the rear transmission tunnel because it would compromise the vehicle and GM would no longer honor the warranty.
That means the insurance company had no choice but to total a practically brand new Corvette, despite the fact that it has no visible damage – unless you crawl under it and look with a microscope.
Personally, we’re glad that Chevy wouldn’t compromise on this car. While it might not seem like much of a problem to the average person, would you want to be doing more than 150 mph in this car? None of the stories we read about this particular car told what might happen if the car was to be repaired, so we’re left to wonder the eventual effects.
Fortunately, cdm85-521 has already gotten his money from the insurance company and hopefully has a new Corvette. The damaged Corvette will now be sold at a salvage auction in Iowa with an estimated repair cost of $7,675. Forget about fixing it – we wonder how much just selling parts off the car might wind up bringing a new owner?
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