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Old 09-02-2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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I was recently rear ended in my truck. While the ball and the bumper a hitch absorbed the damage, my main concern is the hitch. It's a factory installed hitch on a 2013 Silverado HD.
Should I replace it or roll on?

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Old 09-02-2016, 11:31 AM   #2
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A picture of the damage would be helpful..

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Old 09-02-2016, 11:44 AM   #3
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I got rear ended by an uninsured drunk driver 2.5 years ago. I had my utility trait hitch on. Insurance company fixed the light damage, checked the frame for twisting. Replaced then entire receiver unit and hitch as a precaution. They said they did not want to risk an incident down the road, that might be related to this accident.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:45 AM   #4
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Hopefully everyone is/was ok from the accident!!!

Did you turn the accident in to your ins co? If so, push for a new hitch! Argue the point and ask if they are willing to take responsibility if there is hidden damage.

Even if you didn't turn the accident in, at the very least have the hitch and frame inspected for damage.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:47 AM   #5
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I would push for replacement as a precaution. If not, insist that it be listed as a potential problem. That may get their attention.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:09 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by norty1 View Post
I would push for replacement......snip


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Old 09-02-2016, 12:57 PM   #7
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All of the above! A good body shop will tell you the same thing, just replace it because you don't know what you don't know.
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Old 09-02-2016, 02:01 PM   #8
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Always replace hitches when in an accident. If they try to straighten it, it compromises the integrity of the steel.
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:13 PM   #9
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I would also push for hitch receiver replacement. The impact could have created stress risers and/or microscopic cracks that can't be detected now but can gradually grow and come back later to bite you where you sit with catastrophic results.
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:56 PM   #10
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Same here. I was the middle vehicle in a three car accident, and the insurance company said its up to the body shop to determine if it needs replacing. But it would be covered if it did. They said it was too bent to be safe and they would replace it with an OEM hitch. I told them no, it was an aftermarket hitch with a higher rating than OEM, just check the sticker on the hitch. They had to look around to find one comparable, but they did. It was my insurance provider's policy to replace parts "like with like".

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