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Laguna 2l 16V RXT bodywork damaged after dephaser fitted
Please help, I am very distressed since I got my car back this morning after a dephaser replacement.
The authorised service and repair agents have a very bad reputation among myself and people I know.
I have been working on my many Renaults since the early 60's but with the Laguna, many repairs are beyond my capabilities and I'm also now on the wrong side of 70 so I'm more or less compelled to rely on private mechanics working from small workshops or home.
The day before yesterday, I gave a dephaser replacement job to a mech who worked as a senior qualified?? mech at the local Renault agents.
The dephaser was fitted and I got the old part back in a box together with my repaired car this morning.
I was very impressed with the fast service until I saw the doorsill on the car's LEFT front side was bulging out. Looking underneath, I saw that my car was jacked up away from the jacking point and partly on the door sill (I'm not sure if my terminology for this body part is correct).
My pics show quite a lot of damage near the jacking point underneath as you can see.
I haven't yet paid the mech the full amount for the work done as he was in a hurry to deliver another of his customers' cars.
Anyway, I called him about the damage and he pleaded innocence in a hesitant tone of voice.
My questions are: Why jack my car on the PASSENGER side for a dephaser replacement?
Is lifting Lagunas even required for dephaser replacement?
I looked at the jacking point on the right front and see absolutely no sign that a jack had been used except for some finger prints in the brake dust on the righthand front wheel.
The damage done on the left side looks major to me. I don't know if the buckled part is plastic or metal. How can that dent near the jacking point under the car be repaired?
The damage done here is as a result of utmost and premium grade stupidity and carelessness. I doubt if anyone totally without any mechanical car experience would do this.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Currently in 11TXE's garage:
2000 Renault Laguna RXT
Last edited by 11TXE; 27th September 2013 at 05:02 PM.