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Seemingly minor accident damage

Just a word of warning to anyone that is involved in a rear end shunt, from my experience if you have a Laguna.

A Ford Transit shunted me at a roundabout. He was doing about 15mph, I was stopped.

Had a look and the damage seemed minimal. Slight dent in the bumper, rear number plate light broken. I also noticed later when opening the tailgate it grated a bit as if the lock was out of alignment.

I decided to let my insurance contact the other party to sort out what I though was minimal damage, especially at such a low speed.

When the insurance estimator surveyed the car, he said it would cost about 2000 to fix! What had happened was the bumper absorbed the energy, the panel behind the bumper that forms the rear side of the boot was dented as was the boot floor. And the tailgate? It was slightly twisted hence the grating noise. The estimator said that it was designed to happen that way. Even at such a low speed shunt the crash energy was absorbed and transferred round the rear of the car.

So a word of warning. No matter how slight your shunt, get it checked! Especially on modern cars with crumple zones. I so nearly didn't report it thinking it was no more than a fender bender. Imagine what that would have cost me in the long run...
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jesus! 15mph is a bit week! Lucky you didnt shake hands and off you go!
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A very good post.

Modern bumpers can hide a lot of damage that happens in even a relatively slow speed collision.If ever you are involved in such an accident,or if you ever go and have a look at a car that your interested in buying,always have a look under the boot carpet and at the front panel.

Modern cars are designed to bend and twist in an impact to absorb the forces,and this goes a long way to explaining why accident repairs are so expensive.A scuffed bumper can hide damage that could write the car off!.

Nice work Saltire.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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Jeez - looks like I got off lightly then when I got hit from behind earlier this year... mind you, it was only a Ford Ka that hit me at about 20-25 mph...(as light as a feather no doubt )
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