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Had a deer jump in front of me on the highway yesterday at 75mph. No time to react, hit it right in the center. Knee airbag went off, not the mains.
Ruptured the oil cooler or broke a line. It trailed oil from the accident site to where I pulled off and shut it down in shock, maybe 1000 feet. Knew o was hosed when I saw oil running out of the front valence. Luckily me and my wife are ok. Sore but ok.
The car has less than 15,000 miles on it, and I own it outright. Part of me wants it totalled due to damage extent, part of me wants it fixed because I will never find another 2018 blue metallic ST1 with so few miles.
Autotrader browse looks like something anywhere close in condition is 25,000.
Is this car totalled? Hopefully I can get an adjustor to it soon. Thankful we are ok, but gutted about the car.
 

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Things can be replaced people can not.

Glad to see that everyone is safe!

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Firstly, I'm Glad you're okay. Secondly, i agree with your later thought of repairing the car because you can't buy another, even if that means the car gets totalled, you buy it back, and fix and drive it as an R title. Nobody on the road except you will know its got an R title. But you still have your car that you know everything About.
 

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Glad you’re ok bud, it might have been a different story in a lesser car.
 

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It looks bad, but the engine is probably perfectly fine, and I'm guessing your frame and other structure is fine because of how high of a strike a deer is. I would guess just under $5,000 in parts to fix.
 

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Obviously, and as you know- what's really important is that you and your wife are OK, but I'm sorry that you are in this position. I think the damage looks worse than it really is- looks like the impact is above the frame rail area, and you shut down the engine quickly before it could pump all of the oil onto the roadway. I would advise most people against repairing a car if it's actually totalled because it will be very difficult to resell with a "salvage" title, and the value would plummet- but enthusiasts are different, and have stronger interests and ties to their vehicles.
 

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Glad you're both okay! That's more than double the speed I hit a deer at & I'd have to say you're really lucky it didn't flip up into the windshield or anything worse. Hard to tell how deep the damage is, but the impact was obviously significant.

From what I can gather of the damage, it doesn't look like it will total out. Best guess with the oil lines, radiator/coolant components, & body work ~$10k. Again, without tearing all of that apart to find everything that was damaged it's hard to say... So hopefully you can get it fully restored and keep that beautiful blue without the salvaged title, but the buyback option is always nice if you are handy or have a good personal mechanic.
 

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I believe that the total repair cost must be calculated to be at least 75% of the total value of the car for it is be declared a total loss (not economically worthwhile to repair).
 

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Glad you're OK! That's almost double the speed I hit the deer in my car as well.
Gotta love the crash saftey in these cars.

Because of the higher values of these cars now and depending on your insurance they may not total it. Depends on if any of the intake manifold area stuff gets broken or wires get cut.
Mine was toeing the line on totalling the car because of the stupid expensive HID headlights. Mine also had 65k miles on the car at the time of the accident. Total repair bill was near 12k.

I think they'll repair it if they can unless you express interest in totaling it out. Parts for these cars are relatively easy to find as they are shared with the regular foci.
If they do decide to fix it, just make sure they replace all the important bits with the facelift ST specific parts.

Hope you get it worked out, PM me if you want to see some of the parts estimates I got. Our hits were nearly identical other than speed.
 

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My guess is that its totaled TBH. I'd keep if and repair it if you like it. My 13 ST also met a solid object and was repaired, been driving it around for a few years now. Glad nobody got hurt, sometimes deer take the drivers with them :/
 

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I had $7,000 in damage to my 2009 Lancer Ralliart back in 2012 and insurance payed for it because the damage to value of the car was within the range where repairing it was worth it. Get an estimate but by looking at it I believe it's savable unless there's hidden damage. Like suspension subframe or serious structural. Get it appraised at the dealer too. I'm glad you're both ok that's the most important thing.
 

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I had over 10K in damages after the fist month I got the car, I was having too much fun and did a rally-style jump over a dip on the road.
Nothing was totaled and it was all fixed.

p.s: the headlights alone were few grand..
 

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Wow, thank goodness.
 

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Still waiting. State Farm is taking the car to their facility to evaluate. The person on the phone with State Farm guessed it is totalled based on my description and told me to get the plate and personal stuff out of the car. Been doing research on other threads with similar damage stories to occupy myself. Still not sure how this will go. I think the fact that it is an ST may change the story.. I am leaning towards hoping they do not total it. If they do, I am either:
1) Going to get shorted on settlement no matter how many screen shots I send of 17 and 18 ST's going for 25K with low mileage.
2) If they cut me a check for 25K, I hate to admit it but I am not sure I can justify paying that for another one. I paid far less for this last year with 7k miles on it.

If they fix it, I will still have it, and I am attached to this car.

On the good side (reasons it may not be totalled):
Only one airbag deployed. Both fenders are fine. It is an ST1 so headlights are not crazy expensive. The rad support seen in there is a plastic bolt on, so not a huge deal. Front bumper, hood, and windshield are all relatively easy replacements

On the bad side (things I fear may total it)
My biggest concern is the damage to both A-pillars. The The hood hinges ripped up through both of them. New A-pillars will need sectioned in. That's going to get expensive. There is a bunch of engine compartment damage. Anything plastic from the washer reservoir to the air cleaner is busted. Big chunks of the intake manifold are gone, I could look right into the head ports.

On the "if they fix it side": I will demand they bring it back close to me so I can monitor repairs, and dictate where it gets done. I am wondering what becomes of the bolt on parts. The CPE intercooler may be below the damage line and OK, the Mishimoto oil cooler looks toast. Will I have any say in these items being replaced by the same item if they are damaged? I have not ruled out buying it back and fixing it depending on the damage estimates if the total it.

The waiting is killin me. They say it may take up to five days for them to evaluate it.
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I spent about 15 minutes looking over the car closely, removing plastic debris from the engine area to assess damage, and having a moment of reflection in what be my last time seeing the car that I intended to drive for at least the next ten years. The dude in the shirt had just asked me "did you just buy this car or something? What makes it so special, its just a Focus". I said a few words, snapped this pic, and left the lot before things got worse.
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So sorry. Glad you're OK.🙂 It would be hard to hold back the tears or not let some choice words fly to the tow truck guy.

I'm quite attached to mine too. A daily, but so much more.

I had a hard time seeing a couple of my favorite cars go in the past after wrecks, but they were more common cars with the exception of manual trans.

I would suggest getting checked out if you haven't already. One accident, I got treatment at a chiropractor that really helped me. Was young and insurance couldn't argue it was prior damage on me. I put it on charge, but it worked out financially because they eventually wanted to settle and paid much more than the bills. They didn't want to be fair on the car either. They paid more in storage fees then if they settled on what I wanted in the first place. But overall with property and extra from medical I was satisfied enough to not hire a lawyer.
 

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With the intake manifold getting blown apart, I'm a little concerned the engine ingested some chunks of it. If that went through the intake/cylinders/turbo, you may need a new engine in it anyway just from internal damages....

Hoping they don't total it, but with the likelihood of it needing a new motor and front clip (aside from the A pillar damage), I would say there's a good chance they will.

FWIW, I have that car's twin, and light blue metallic is one of those colors there's just not many of. Good luck getting it fixed, but if they don't, I hope they supply you with enough cash to get another one.
 

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With the required A-pillar work, and the aforementioned concerns about the shattered plastic intake and exposed valves- I think they will indeed total this car. I bet you could buy it back for $8-$10K, and fix it for far less than the insurance company estimates, but do you want to? If you are patient- you'll find another low mileage ST (if you want one). My experience with this car and this community (which is an important factor to me) has been quite positive, and if I were in this same position- I'd be Pokerrunning for a nice, low-mileage replacement.
 

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Yeah, that looks pretty bad. Worse than the initial pics to me. The part that is just dumb (IMHO) is how that roof trim piece actually wraps all the way around to the rear quarter panel... & it's 1 piece!

You could probably buy it back, but with the intake manifold like it is I agree with the heavy concern for your motor. Depending on your willingness, a part-out is a pretty drawn out way to make a few bucks off of it... Storage and all in consideration there.
 
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