I hit a deer.

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  1. GGardner

    GGardner Tele-Afflicted

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    Tonight, as I was driving in NJ, a bunch of deer came out of nowhere and ran across the road from left to right. I thought I dodged a bullet but then another one appeared and hit my car. It knocked off the driver's side corner off my bumper (10 year-old Toyota Highlander).

    Anyone have any sense how much it will cost to replace the bumper? I'm assuming that it will be more cost effective to not go thru insurance, but could be dead wrong.
     
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    Yep. Scrap yard... 10 minutes with some basic tools if you are lucky and find right colour.

    Or as suggested, any online breakers yard may be able to deliver one.

    Did the full boot lid and bumper on my wife’s beetle. Got exact colour parts sent from a scrap yard. About £200 in UK. Were like new.

    Bumpers generally just bolt and clip on.

    A suicidal badger took out my front bumper after a gig recently as I was driving home late. Rural risk.
     
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    Being in the Collision business my coworker and I have been writing 6-7 deer hit estimates each for the last couple weeks.
    It is the "Rut" you know.
     
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    Well,you now have meat for the winter
     
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    A deer ran into the side of my son’s Corolla this week, did $3,200 worth of damage to all four of the driver’s side body panels, then got up and ran away.

    It’s the third deer hit my family has had since we moved here 10 years ago.
     
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    Yea, it's the Rut right now. Deer are everywhere.
    South jersey is just loaded with them. I see deer probably 4 out of 7 days a week, most often out my living room window.
    I've only hit one in my lifetime, and consider myself lucky.
    Drive careful!
     
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    Glad you ok.
     
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    you're lucky

    oh deer.jpg
     
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    ^WOW!^
    Years ago, an employee of my dad's had one come through the windshield of her Nova. Landed in the front seat with her. She spent 2 weeks in the hospital!
     
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    How’s the deer?
     
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    My BIL had one jump on the hood
    Set off all the air bags
    Insurance totaled the car off
    Deer ran away, laughing according to him
     
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    Oh dear :(
     
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    I prefer to hit them with a 30-06.
     
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    A guy I once worked with (inexperienced driver at the time) was driving a mountain road late at night. Way up ahead, he saw a deer cross in front of him, toward the mountain, and he thought he was in the clear. What he didn't consider was when the deer came to the mountain, he doubled back to the road, right into Scott's path. Did considerable damage to his truck, although it was drive-able, and he made it home. The deer?.....got up and scampered off where he came from.
     
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    I have 4 to my account up to now. There are so many around here, that 4 car accidents out of 5 are due to dear. Really !
    Not much you can do to avoid them.
     
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    I've hit an average of one every ten years since we moved to a rural area 40 years ago. There are more deer here now than there were in Christopher Columbus's time. Pro tip: It's the second one you gotta watch for.
     
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    This is the truth... pay attention. Deer never seem to travel alone, you see one and you need to watch for the others.
     
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    Consider yourself very lucky..I've seen it happen to others but so far I have not encountered one on the road..Close but no contact..
    A pheasant took out a head light on a 1941 Ford years ago..
    I did hit a horse with a real nice 1940 Ford..I was not injured badly..The horse and Ford were not so lucky..
     
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    I lost a passenger side mirror to an owl Wednesday morning.

    $785 for a mirror.

    I guess it is a fancy mirror.

    I have hit enough deer to have a healthy respect for them and have decided that driving slowly is my best defense against them.
     
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