Raptor in small accident, body shop or dealer?

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A frame cut bumper cuts a couple inches off the frame horns and tapers them at a 45'ish degree angle. I don't see them as any less safe as you're replacing them with steel in the bumper. It gives a significantly better approach angle. I guess thinking about safety, you'd be replacing a more "crumple zone" bumper with more solid steel tubing.

By glass, I just meant fiberglass fenders with 4" more height and 4" more width. This lets you accommodate larger tires and more suspension travel.

Generally speaking, both of those parts are going to cost less than OEM replacements, so you might as well since you're replacing them anyway.
 

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Where would you take it for repair? A highly rated body shop on Yelp/Google? The dealer’s body shop?

Pro tip...you should know who you will take a vehicle to for bodywork before you need one.

NEVER use the dealer body shop. they are hacks fresh out of trade school getting their first job, and the dealer wants to move thing in and out as fast as possible.

Find a good private shop. Word of mouth is their business and any good shop will have that reputation. The won't let junk leave the shop because their name is on it. Good body men cut their teeth at a dealer then move to private shops.
 

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Dealership for me as I would only want real ford performance parts being replaced with like. Not some cheap as parts the a b shop makes extra coin on. Been there done that years back But hey to each his own
Ps: once done a b shop won’t want to know you and any surprise problems, while dealerships typically stand behind their work to make any problems or undiscovered issues right.
Or you park it outside the dealer with a big sign. I’ve heard that usually gets results as dealers can’t afford the bad pr.
But hey that’s just me.
 

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I would take it to a Ford dealer body shop, why? well I'm not paying for it and if anything shows up later Ford will say it is due to the independent Bodyshop. If the work is done by Ford they have to honor it with any warranty. This happened to me with a mustang that got hit, ins convinced me to go with "service King" to get it fixed. 40 days after I got it back the brake sensor went out on the same wheel that was hit. Ford said it was not covered under warranty due to outside shop making repairs. Yes I eventually got it fixed but it would be alot less headache just going to the Ford dealer. Just pick one that does good work and stay with the warranty.
 

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A frame cut bumper cuts a couple inches off the frame horns and tapers them at a 45'ish degree angle. I don't see them as any less safe as you're replacing them with steel in the bumper. It gives a significantly better approach angle. I guess thinking about safety, you'd be replacing a more "crumple zone" bumper with more solid steel tubing.

By glass, I just meant fiberglass fenders with 4" more height and 4" more width. This lets you accommodate larger tires and more suspension travel.

Generally speaking, both of those parts are going to cost less than OEM replacements, so you might as well since you're replacing them anyway.
Where do you get these fenders?
 

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The insurance company dictates which parts are to be used. Go look at a dealership bodyshop and you'll see aftermarket parts there because of the policy. My .02 is to take it to a trusted and the best body shop you can. Dealership shops as a rulee are volume shops and don't do quality work. A very good friend of mine owns one of the best shops around here and I've learned a ton from him how the game is played with the carriers and adjusters.
 

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Here’s how this will play out, you will eventually have it repaired, satisfactorily or otherwise, then when you go to sell it it will have a Carfax accident report and the trucks value will drop by $8k. Make sure you receive a diminished value settlement on the truck if the other driver was a fault as shown on the police report. Good luck...


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Here’s how this will play out, you will eventually have it repaired, satisfactorily or otherwise, then when you go to sell it it will have a Carfax accident report and the trucks value will drop by $8k. Make sure you receive a diminished value settlement on the truck if the other driver was a fault as shown on the police report. Good luck...


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Yea, which sucks. However, I’m planning on keeping this truck till it dies. Or I was but the insane used value has me questioning looking into that Ford Lightning or a new regular F-150.
 

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I would take it to a Ford dealer body shop, why? well I'm not paying for it and if anything shows up later Ford will say it is due to the independent Bodyshop. If the work is done by Ford they have to honor it with any warranty. This happened to me with a mustang that got hit, ins convinced me to go with "service King" to get it fixed. 40 days after I got it back the brake sensor went out on the same wheel that was hit. Ford said it was not covered under warranty due to outside shop making repairs. Yes I eventually got it fixed but it would be alot less headache just going to the Ford dealer. Just pick one that does good work and stay with the warranty.

That is on you.

No insurance can ever dictate what body shop you have to use....EVER! A quality private body shop will always be better than a dealer.

But yes...it is extra work on you to find the good ones. Which is why I say you should know the good ones before you need it.
 
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