I hit a freaking deer.

Discussion in 'Discussion Forum' started by addictedpunk, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I was taking a joy ride up in Angeles National Forest when a deer darted out of the abyss and into left side of the car. Most of the damage was centered on the door. So much that I can't open it. It's jammed shut. Fender also got hit and is mangled. Other than that, everything is fine. I guess it could have been a lot worse. Good news is that the window goes up and down without trouble so the regulator and motor are fine at least. I just washed the car too. Ugh. Dash cam caught the incident. I'll post pics tomorrow.

     
  2. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    Sin City
  3. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    In this case, probably drawn in by the smooth jazz playing on the stereo. That music is obviously a deer magnet. :cool:

    A deer ran into the side of my son's CR-V last winter. Also crushed the drivers door. It left a deer face print on the windshield and a big tuft of fur if the remains of the side mirror. My son says his deer got up and staggered off into the field it came out of.

    I am just glad you are OK Jose. The car is easier to heal. Good luck with your repairs.
     
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  4. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    It's certainly not a 'chick' magnet.

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  5. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Alright folks. Here we go. Anybody know where I can find the door trim?
     

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  6. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    Looks like that deer really "slammed" you. Too bad he didn't "pogo" instead.
     
  7. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    That butthole even left his hair in my nice trim. The audacity of some animals, I swear.

    A second thought, I was driving without the roof and windows down. I feel fortunate that the deer didn’t jump at that moment and fly straight into the cabin. Could’ve been much worse.
     
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  8. Waterbury

    Waterbury True Classic

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Looks like the Deer hit you more than anything. Sorry to see this, especially on a fellow white x! Fortunate yes that the deer didn't hit you or go inside of the vehicle in any way. I lost an uncle to a deer, was driving his MG Midget and the deer went through the windshield. Best of luck finding parts and getting her all pretty again.
     
  9. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Does anybody have any leads on where to find the door molding? Looks like that's the only thing that needs to be replaced.
     
  10. kmead

    kmead True Classic

    Location:
    Michigan
    Henk’s offers them new. It’s a kit with both sides for a bit under 200 euro for all four pieces. It’s nice when they match.
     
  11. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Thanks Karl. I'll pass this along to insurance.
     
  12. kmead

    kmead True Classic

    Location:
    Michigan
  13. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    So my shop said they want to go ahead and not only paint the damaged parts, but the whole car as well.

    Opinions time, I want the same white color, but I was thinking either a metallic white or a pearl white. I’m open to thoughts.
     
  14. raillard

    raillard True Classic

    Hans'_Fiat_500e.PNG I have a metallic pearl white on my 500e, and it’s very easy on the eyes. I love that color. It’s a bit warmer than the typical white seen on many cars, which usually tend to lean towards the cool bluish side.

    I think an X would look good in metallic pearl white, too, but please note that it is a friendly looking, inviting color. The cooler, more bluish white is a bit more aggressive looking -- more stand-offish -- at least for a white, if that’s more to your liking.
     
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  15. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Ah yes. Electric white, I believe that’s what fiat calls it. I do like it. I’m not so keen on the blue tinged pearls, I feel it makes it look too Japanese.

    Here are my top three:

    Platinum Ice pearl from GM
    Code WA560Q/94

    White platinum pearl from Ford
    Code UG/M7204A

    Aspen white pearl from Honda
    Code NH677P
     
  16. raillard

    raillard True Classic

    Paint code on my 500e sticker (driver's side door) is: PWH, which Google and shopping sources say is "Mopar Pearl White Tri-Coat (Bianco Perla)". Speaking of Japanese, I call my 500e "Shiro 500", which is Japanese for "White 500", because I enjoy many Japanese and Italian things.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  17. Fiatfiend

    Fiatfiend True Classic

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  18. addictedpunk

    addictedpunk Daily Driver

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I see you have a white X as well. Maybe deer are attracted to the color white.

    What baffles me the most is that on a completely deserted road with no cars for miles, deer always choose to cross the moment that one single car is traveling down the road. My hunter friend says that it's usually always because something spooks them. I don't know. Feels like a cruel joke, or not, since the deer doesn't come out unscathed.
     
  19. Fiatfiend

    Fiatfiend True Classic

    I had to find a headlight bucket to fix mine. Wasn't too fun.
    Yeah, it was a cause of a lot of soul searching for me when it happened. Kind of a "why me, god" kind of a deal. I bet you're feeling the same way. I've got the damage repaired, but not quite perfectly, as I did it all myself. The deer really messed up the fender, bent the end of it down as well as back. Horrendous. Glad you're OK, by the way. Could have been much worse.
     

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