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My Megane 2 sport tourer has unfortunately been in the wars due to somebody pulling out in front of me. The front bumper is split in several places and the lights have been pushed back against the wings, cracking the lights and pushing the wings out of alignment. The bonnet whilst undamaged is twisted in relation to the wings and bumper so I am concerned there may have been some movement of the actual underlying structure of the vehicle.

I will be looking to get this done on the other driverís insurance. Following a previous very bad experience where an approved repairer tried to repair a car which should have been a cat b total loss which took 18 months to resolve I am very wary of insurers own approved repairers. I am also very aware that some repairers are known to adjust panel gaps to hide distortion of the shell or structure following accidents rather than properly straighten the vehicle to keep the cost of repairs low for the insurer.

I would take it to a Renault bodyshop but the nearest one is in Leicester.

Does any one have a recommendation of a repairer in the Wolverhampton area who have provided a very good standard of repair and service. The repairer would need to be large enough to have Jig facilities to check the alignment of the front chassis legs and inner wings in view of the visible miss alignment.

I appreciate forum rules state no bad mouthing suppliers or repairers so please consider this when responding. Only positive recommendations please.
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Re: bodywork repairs Wolverhampton

whilst not having dealt directly with this branch try SOLUS in coventry (linky here)

you not going to get any more insurer approved than this company, tbh.
they should have the latest full JIG equipement to allow non-stripped down chassis inspection and adjustment.

and they wont rip you off with insane quotes and then fitting parts off the patern part market from lowest price suppliers( ebay etc!) that some(so called approved) garages might do.

if the repair at full cost is over £3000-3500 then they may write it off, how much did you pay for it?

sounds like you need: bumper(inc. crushable bumper blocks), Grill, NS,OS headlights, Mid crossmember, Upper Crossmember, bonnet hinges/arms, bonnet, (possibly: NS/OS front outer plastic Wings, radiator, aircon matrix and lower crossmember)
then your onto the bits that need welding, either complete inner wings or just the end sections, Front wings will need Re-Jigging.
(if the entire wings need replaceing from the firewall forward then its a write off due to costs involved)

You will need to get the headlamps removed to see fully if the front ends of the inner steel wings have the slots on the ends distorted or crushed (the bumper will take a lot of the impact but if the lights are smashed the probability that the inpact absorbing ends of the wings have deformed is a lot higher. (dont worry the ends are designed to be replaced.)

the bonnet will move back on its arms, so getting the bonnet to open/lift up fully might be a problem.

how are the doors and passenger cabin, any distortion with the door surround gaps? do all the doors/boot open and close ok, no stiffness or catching on the latches/arches or pillars???
if so they may take one look and write it off there and then.

have you considered taking it to an independent claims assesor, that way you get to keep the car regardless and get full compensation from the driver that caused the accident.

It would also allow you to get the chassis work carried out where-ever and allow you to source second hand parts at considerable discount compared to brand new costs ?

take it to Solus and get a full examination and quote. they do private work as well. so you could get the welding/jigg work(then later the respraying) done there and get the rest of the bits replaced (which are just bolt on parts anyway) at a garage which is cheaper (or DIY.)

the price of secondhand bits to replace in total i would expect in at well under £700 if you were able to source the lot in one go off one car from a breakers yard. you might even be lucky to source from a car with the same paint code (which will save even more pennies on the respray costs.)

(i know one specialist(chop shop that buys in ex-finance/auction reno's for stripping for parts (on ebay ) in central birmingham)
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Re: bodywork repairs Wolverhampton

Thanks for a very helpfull and detailed response.

Is it possible to see the slots on the inner wing ends without removing any parts for example using a dental mirror. This would give me an idea of what has moved about. I know the undertray or slam panel cover have to be removed to check the cross members. The headlight damage is not severe it has just cracked the outer plastic covers at the top where they meet the wings so looks like the bumper pushed upwards on impact ( was hard on the brakes so the nose dipped down as i connected). The concern with the bonnet is that nothing hit the bonnet but it is clearly twisted at an angle but still opens and closes normally. The wings have moved out all the way along and there is a clear step in from the rear of the the wing to the door of about 5mm on both sides and the nearside wing has come aware from the cill.

I work in the insurance claims sector so I will be looking to deal with my claim against the other drivers insurers myself. I am just trying to ensure I get the best possible standard of repair on the vehicle. I am quite capable of repairing it as I restore classics but I already have one ongong resto so dont want to have to sort my daily runner as well when it's somebody elses fault.

I cant see it being a total loss as it is a 2006 with panoramic sunroof, in dash cd changer and all the electric packs added on accept the dreaded tyre pressure monitor. In view of this would need about £3500 of repairs to be even a cat D based on it's retail value. I cant see it being that much to be honest.
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