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Originally Posted by nthesx View Post

ps is the skoda really that bad?i test drove the octavia couple of years ago and i was quite impressed.altho i chose a focus instead.

Dont know about the octavia,but this fabia i have is awful!Its a 2006 model which has
1)No remote central locking,no central locking full stop!
2)No electric windows
3)The interior is ugly,my old 94 clio had nicer looking interior.
4) I have to open boot from the inside
5) The radio doesnt work properly and it has a tape deck!!!!(not even a cd player)
6) I have to fight with the petrol cap,to get it off and back on when filling up.
7) Driving it is awful,engine sounds like its gonna explode,handbrake is the biggest chunkiest handbrake i have seen in my life and is crap!
I could go on,but im getting angrier the more i type
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A nice rant Oaf - I think your car repairers are using a bit of reverse pyschology on you and maybe you don't realise it. They lend you a poor quality car and then when you get your own back it looks so much better even if thay done a poor repair. Leave the poor skoda alone - if we didn't have poor quality cars on the road we would have nothing to compare ours with. Still beats walking any day!
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Originally Posted by madnoel10 View Post
Good comments Horatio - but most insurers will insist on using VBRA approved repairers that way if a duff repair is carried out there is some comeback
I thought you still had the right to choose your repairer, or has that changed? Yes, they try to insist on you using the repairer of their choice, but if you stick to your guns, they should back down.

All of the Renault dealers I have used do their own body repairs, and they've always done an excellent job. They also invariably manage to turn around the car in a sensible timeframe, which is more than can be said for the big specialists.

Now that I think of it, I've actually used a big specialist company twice (different ones on both occasions.) The first time around, I was due to go on holiday with the caravan and needed a car with a towbar, so the other party's insurers stumped up for a Discovery TD5. The car was off the road for about three weeks that time too, though there was more work to be done (rear-ended by a Beemer on the motorway.) I'd probably have remembered it more vividly if I'd been stuck with a lousy poverty spec courtesy car.

As it was, I didn't mind pottering around in The Hogger for three weeks, but then again I wasn't picking up the 85 quid per day rental tab
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The idea of using VBRA registered repairer was to protect the customer and the insurers as too many cowboy repairers and owners where trying to con them. A VBRA registered company close to me are very careful as it s quite common for drivers to try and get damage repaired which occurred before the date of the recent incident. They also take digital photos of before and after repair. If they discover additonal damage after they have commenced work - they just email the pic to the assesor and in most cases he does'nt need to re-visit - saves time and money. A large franchise complex I know of has agencies for 10 -15 differnt manufacturers ranging from Citroen to Roll-Royce, (Ferrari, Maserati, Renault, etc) and they sub-contract all their work to an independent VBRA. registered company. I think you may have a choice of who you can pick to have your car repaired as long as they are VBRA registered.
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