Dealer wrecked my 2019 GT350

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    A hard hit like that could do more than just right suspension. Could be so many things. I wouldn't trust it as a "new" vehicle. Airbags = savage in my "humble" opinion.
     
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    Not to mention airbags leave lots of powder residue in a car when they go off and you will never get it all cleaned up. Plus airbags are very expensive to replace.
     
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    I would've agreed with you before I started tracking my car. Now that I see how durable these cars are, not sure I'd care if it had been banged up and been repaired. Assuming the repairs solid and you're taken care, it's essentially a new car with a big discount.

    As with all these situations, the details matter. Ultimately it would depend on what kind of shape it is in.
     
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    There's no way I'd take a car that was slammed sideways into a curb hard enough to set off the air bags. There could be far more going on underneath than just suspension damage. Walk.
     
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    Brand new tires are the stickiest!

    They're just idiots who don't know how to drive. I'm always surprised when people wreck this car. The nannies are damn good. You have to try really hard (or be really dumb) to over power those and still react poorly enough to lose it.
     
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    Unless GT350 has special tires, this is the usual advice:

    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=5
    TIRE TECH: BREAKING IN YOUR TIRES
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    "Note: Be careful whenever you explore the capabilities of your new tires. Remember that every tire requires a break-in period of 500 miles for optimum performance.
     
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    I have no doubt there's some technical truth to that (although who knows what conditions that true under), I'll bet that's mostly legal ass-covering.

    Most high performance tires are stickiest when new (assuming they're hot--which is true for any tire).
     
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    The dealer person probably floored it coming out of a tight turn (eg. leaving the parking lot), rear end came around and then swung the other way into the curb. The OP is in Colorado. Temps are probably pretty low and tires were likely at ambient.
     
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    #25 Tank, Oct 4, 2019
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    Saw the post!

    The OF GT350 is still available. I think they’ll negotiate so it couldn’t hurt to call. PM me for contact info.

    @Frank.Herbst , really sorry that happened to you. I like @honeybadger ’s idea of a discount but it would have to be substantial imo- deep, very deep.

    I also agree with the others cautioning about the bag deployment and such... You’d be taking on a lot of risk...

    Good Luck. I hope it all turns out in your favor.
     
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    weather report shows that Denver will get a cold front next Thursday, 39/26. Low temps is a better theory. Sounds like the dealership new hire training needs to include reading Summer Tires for Dummies.
     
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    That's terrible! I can tell you as an old accident reconstructionist that the sensors for airbags primarily trigger large changes in velocity along the longitudinal axis of the car. I'm sure improvements have been made to detect the same changes in velocity for severe lateral axis impacts (T-Bones). But to slam a car into a curb so hard that it deploys the side bags - WOW! - the car thought it was T-Boned and was trying to save a life. Vicious impact.

    I also agree with the post that it might be a BS story and they just got a higher offer - go look at it, you have a deposit on it! - if they can't produce it I would escalate that ethics complaint as high as Ford would let me.

    Lastly, when I picked up my car with 16 miles on it, or I hear other people saying the car had 50 miles on it, this is exactly the scenario that goes through my head! The once-a-year Shelby just showed up! Let's gas her up and give her hell before some rich bastard comes in and buys it! You never really know what has happened to your car until you take possession of it. Single digits on the odometer, please! :sunglasses:
     
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    Maybe there was a crowd near by and that's why the mustang lost control
     
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    these are the shoulder bags - ie protecting side movement of the head into the window glass. Hitting a curb is far more forceful (as measured WRT instantaneous G-force) than a T-bone because the curb doesn't give way - it's a very sudden stop. A t-bone has less of a spike since the bonee is being pushed laterally the moment tire traction is exceeded.

    I guess I would add half-shaft to the repair and a very thorough inspection of the diff.
     
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    Good point, but a curb isn't a solid wall, you're going to have some roll around the x-axis unless either the CG is so low or the curb is so high that the momentum in that direction is instantly stopped (other than crush).
     
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