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Unhappy Went over a carpark island and trying to assess damage

Hi everyone! Really glad to have found this forum, and thank you for any help in advance.

I went over a carpark island in my CX-3 - looked like it was just a small bump, but due to heavy rain was higher than I thought. As I went over, I heard a thump underneath.

After driving it home, the sound the car was making seemed different to usual. A little bit lower I think. If it helps, I can make a video so you can hear it. Besides for that though, the car drove home with no problems.

Taking it to a mechanic tomorrow but would love to get some feedback/help trying to figure out what damage I may have done so I go in a little bit prepared.

Attached some photos - it looks like that part may have come out, but I have no idea what it is or what it does.

Any help would be very much appreciated... and thank you!
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I do believe that is more or less a safety loop to catch drive shaft in event of failure. I do know for fact, it is the lowest point of underbody. Fortunately, I haven't ripped mine off... Yet. But you have. Noise you here is probably from this piece now vibrating.
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I tend to agree with above. You'll need a new cross member and if you're lucky it will just be the noise of it resonating on the exhaust. However, it may have caused some more damage to the exhaust and without seeing, it's hard to tell.

That was quite a heavy impact. Did you hit any of the wheels on that curb or did you straddle it?

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Hmmm ... I didn't realize they have car parks on Zanzibar

Where are you located? Insurance?

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Australia Insurance but only will be useful if need to spend $1000+ on fixing. Hoping it will be less 🤞
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Australia Insurance but only will be useful if need to spend $1000+ on fixing. Hoping it will be less ��
First, our sympathies for your misfortune.

$750 U.S. That would be a very large deductable for us. Plus, you don't want to put in a claim if you can avoid it.

Once your dealer gives you an "official assessment", you may well be able to find an independent garage willing to bend pieces a bit here and there, and charge you considerably less.

I would ask the dealer to put it on a lift and have the mechanic point out the damage ... depending on the repair approach, I don't thiink it will be "that" much.

It's late Sunday night where you are ... soooo, first thing tomorrow morning

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Personally... If it were mine... I'd find another car park island or alternate method of removing completely. Toss it and then forget about. Just my thoughts.... I know others will suggest replacing it as it probably should be for safety reasons in event of shaft failure.
Many of my previous vehicles didn't have this....

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Thanks all! �� Took it to a shop nearby and they took the attached part off - no charge! He said it didn't really matter as it was just protecting the muffler but I think I'll go back next week and get a new one put up to be safe. Sure enough, sound went back to normal as soon as it was removed.

Separate issue that I'm guessing may have been caused by a stone or similar hitting it is the right rear light. I think I need to get it completely replaced, since it's filled up with a bit of water at the bottom which has led to the bottom part of the light not working. Any ideas how much one of those cost? Couldn't find the part online anywhere but wanted to be a little prepared
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Kudos to your dealer √

Bad seal on the rear lens? Unlikely a backward-flying stone.
Driving in Australia, upside down but not backwards, correct?

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Haha - wasn't the dealer actually, just a mechanic nearby.

Yeah I have no idea what would have caused it (the rear light). Was considering taking it to the dealer but figured they'd just pass the blame on me since it does look like something has broken it rather than it just breaking/cracking on its own.
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