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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-29-2018, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Car Crash.. Home Repairable or No?

Hey Everyone! I'm new to this forum but, I'm trying to reach out to people that might know more than me about Cobalts. I have a 2010 LT that still has about 89,000 miles and recently I got into an accident and messed up the entire front end of my car. The car still turns over and I can still move it....but, the driver airbag went off and the front end got smashed in. Do you guys think this is something that can be an at home fix, The only stuff that is messed up is the hood, bumper, and the front rail and frame rails. It doesn't look like I can just take them off though. Is it worth the fix or should this vehicle just be scraped. Does anyone know how to submit pictures btw, it doesn't let me attached them to my message.
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Use a third party like imgur.com for posting it works great so far. Until we see pictures it's hard to tell
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So sorry about your Cobalt. We all hope things work out the best for you.
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Sorry about the accident!

As Coby said, if you could upload some photos to imgur and link them here, we'd be able to get a better idea of how much work it'd take.

Of course, anything is doable with enough time and money.


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If you are dedicated you can fix it unless it caught fire. I love working on my ecotech, im going to replace a tensioner on a 2.4l 2013 mlibu eco today and belt
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Thanks for the information everyone. I've actually attached all the photos to the gallery link through the forum if you wanted to go check it out that would be great!

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That looks like some significant damage to me. Although it's technically possible to repair it, I don't think it'd really be worth the effort. Looks kinda like you'd have to rebuild nearly the entire front end.


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I see the radiator support needs replaced and I suppose all bumper cover, brackets, tabs...
And a 8 yr old Cobalt with 90k miles today brings ?.? $ that is in very good condition? ~$3k to $6k via a quick check on cargurus.com
Assuming all of the parts not seen need replaced excluding hood & fenders.....guessing about $2,500 in new price parts and paint and about 40 hr labor at shop rate.

Then again bailing wire & duck tape goes a long way and you can find a cobalt that was tagged in the tail or water loged for ~$1k plus shipping and be out labor, paint and have a ton of Spair cobalt parts.

Look for Coparts and see what’s available near you for Salvage Cobalts.

And since the air bag was activated. Count on seat belts, airbags and a trip to your local friendly TechII GM programming source. Be ready to be taken for a ride around the by your local dealership for each question. If you decide to keep your Cobalt, might be time to get one for your self.
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