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Old 06-12-2009, 04:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy One thing OnStar Can Not Help With.

Hey guys .... so i got my car last week! Been driving it around town alot and it's amazing how much attention I get .. blows me away!

So Tuesday I drove all the way out to Greenville with my husband to look at a motorcycle he was interested in. On the way back we ran into those storms that came through DFW. I had no idea it was even going to rain!

So there we are in south dallas, frantically calling OnStar to have them find us shelter when I giant gust of 85mph wind hit us blowing all the debris on the side of the road into my car. It was so strong I would have sworn it was a small tornado since it wasnt even raining yet!


We sought shelter under a bridge (fearing hail) stayed there until the storm passed. Believe it or not OnStar stayed on the phone with us until, but I sure wish they could have given me some direction as to where I could take cover from the storm before the car was damaged.


Drove the car home and too afraid to look for damage I had a big glass of wine and went to bed. The next morning I drove to the dealership to have the body shop take a look at her. All the debris hitting so hard put about 40 chips in the windshield and chips all over the front end of the car including the headlights, grille and emblem.

So I'm taking her back to the body shop next monday for the car to be repainted and a new windshield.

I think I'm still in shock and probably wont cry over it until I have to hand the keys over to the shop.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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So sorry to hear it. If they're just chips it's not so bad. I'm glad you were able to keep control of the car and that it wasn't worse!

My car was originally supposed to be delivered to the dealership today and I was so afraid it might have been caught outside in that storm. Luckily for me it was late.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear that, always seems to happen when you buy a new vehicle, some kind of freak accident or something you have never even thought of happens. Good luck getting it fixed.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:59 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear about the chips but glad y'all came through ok. Really don't think Onstar can help out in that type of situation. I always look for shopping malls if close by with multi level garage parking.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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So is insurance taking care of that, or do you have to pay for that?
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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I know we all love our Camaros, but at the end of the day, it's still just a car. Glad to hear no one was hurt. I could only imagine how scary that was.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:06 PM   #7
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:( so sorry for you, but glad you are ok...BTW, i started a Ladies Camaro5 Group...you should join!!!...we ladies need to "stick together" in this "male dominated car world"...
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:09 PM   #8
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Noooooo :(

Sorry but at least the car protected you.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:17 PM   #9
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Why oh why can't GM make an anti debris shield!!

I feel for you,, just awful.

On a side happy note I just got a call telling me my build date is now june22 when I ordered I was told I wouldn't get the car until the middle or end of August.

PS plz get a quote for a a total re-paint of the car in a diff colour for me hehe.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:32 PM   #10
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That's what I'm saying, we need force fields for the Camaro! Both for driving and parking!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:38 PM   #11
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Sorry!
It's amazing how much more I use the weather channel app on my iPhone now.
Try it if you have an iPhone. You can get radar too.
I know that doesn't help you now but maybe in the future.
Good luck!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:39 PM   #12
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Yeah their was a tornado around 2 miles from where i was at in irving. Was some intense winds. Defeinatly not the day to drive your new Camaro.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:05 PM   #13
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Man glad you are ok. With the right people they can make it look like new but inspect the car 100% before taking it back. Go over it with a fine tooth comb im serious about that. Knowbody cares more about your car then you. Ive seen amazing repairs and ive seen real butcher jobs it just depends on the people who repair it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:09 PM   #14
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So sorry to hear that! That storm line was really nasty once it got over this way, too. We were under a tornado warning, so I hauled butt up to the datacenter and hunkered down inside while the storms passed . You know you live in Texas when they're built to withstand a F3 tornado..
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:21 PM   #15
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:( so sorry for you, but glad you are ok...BTW, i started a Ladies Camaro5 Group...you should join!!!...we ladies need to "stick together" in this "male dominated car world"...
hey hey hey!

i'm filing for gender discrimination..............
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:26 PM   #16
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That majorly sucks! I remember when I was driving a 1980 Chevy Truck & there was a hailstorm here near Pensacola, Fl. My mom was driving her 05 Malibu. It got over 50 dents & cracked the rear window. My truck didn't get 1 dent in it. It was ugly & rusted, but not dents...I miss that truck.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:27 PM   #17
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Jeeze - rear-enders, near tornados,! .....bring on the locusts! The MIGHTY CAMARO will take on a comers !!!!

(Sorry to hear about your baby. Hopefully the shop will have it looking like new asap).
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:30 PM   #18
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The windshield is gonna be a tough one to find. I cant get any from my suppliers yet and the GM ones are backordered.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:27 PM   #19
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Bridge is a tough call. If there is hail, it makes sense. However, and this is a biggie, it acts as a wind tunnel during a tornado, it's one of the worst places you can be in a tornado!

Several years ago there was news footage of people crawling up under a bridge and a tornado passed directly over. This made the guys at NOAA (in Norman Oklahoma) go nuts because it made it seem like it was smart, when in fact the opposite is true. If you are ever caught out and a tornado is going by, get in a low lying area, the mud is better than debris.

A good friend of mine who did research at the NWS facility in Norman said that they had to do PSA's to get the word out - no bridges during tornados.

So, you have to figure out - hail = hide under the bridge. tornado = no bridge. hail+tornado = run?
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:13 PM   #20
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Ouch

So sorry to hear about that
Especially upsetting that happened so son after getting the car

Main thing is that thank heavens you are ok

Much as having the car damaged is sickening - its replaceable
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:16 PM   #21
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That's what I'm saying, we need force fields for the Camaro! Both for driving and parking!
i second this motion!
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:58 AM   #22
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Did you not have the directions and connection plan on your camaro, then they could have told you where to go and find shelter.
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:05 AM   #23
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If they have to repaint the whole car, you could change colors and be the first 2010 Camaro with a custom color.
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:35 AM   #24
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If they have to repaint the whole car, you could change colors and be the first 2010 Camaro with a custom color.
depends on who is covering the cost of the repairs. If the insurance or dealer is then it will be factory color.
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:45 AM   #25
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That storm came to Little Rock but I was able to leave my Camaro at home and take the old beater Fleetwood yesterday. People at work were giving me crap about "are you afraid to let your new car get a little wet?" and stuff like that. They weren't laughing when the storm hit and they were all hiding in the conference room. Then it was "i don't blame you one little bit".

Sorry to hear about the damage. Some time it is unavoidable.

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